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Unchosen: Memoirs of a Philosemite


Cross posted by our friend Chas Newkey-Burden who blogs at OyVaGoy!

I co-wrote a book with Julie Burchill a few years ago. It’s called Not In My Name: A Compendium of Modern Hypocrisy, and we had fine old time writing it. Read my chapter about Israel here, and find out more about the book here.

Now Julie is going to write a new book. Like me, she’s a gentile who loves Israel, and she’s going to write a memoir based on this theme, entitled Unchosen: Memoirs of a Philosemite. Given her deep and longstanding love of Israel and the Jewish people, together with her outrageous sense of humour and unrivalled literary dexterity, it won’t be anything less than a fascinating read.

She has chosen to publish it through Unbound, which is a new form of publishing whereby authors pitch their idea direct to the public, who can decide whether they want to support the idea or not.  We need more pro-Israel books, so pop over to the Unbound website and back Julie’s book!

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  1. Sorry to strike a discordant note, but, as I understand it Ms. Burchill claims or claimed to be a Lutheran.
    How can you be a follower of, a vicious and nasty anti-semite, Martin Luther and a philosemite?

    • That’s ridiculous, Gerald. I would imagine most Lutherans are unaware of his anti-Semitic comments – which do not feature, of course, in Lutheran sermons today.

      • pretzelberg if you convert to something are you telling me that you do not thoroughly research it first?
        As for being unaware of Luther’s ‘comments’ there are quite a few of them which are vile, it would be hard to miss them unless you are being wilfully blind.

        • Even if followers are aware of Luther’s horrible comments – I can understand people ignoring them.

          The US’s founding fathers were slave-owners. But most Americans consider them heroes.

          • Gerald. I am Jewish. I would hate to be judged to be homophobic because the Torah unequivocably states that homosexuality is an abomination. Why do you therefore feel it is OK to judge a Lutheran because of some of the movement’s founder’s comments?

            Julie Burchill is clearly one of the good guys.

            • Julie Burchill is clearly one of the good guys.

              Really? She’s made many dodgy comments about Muslims.

            • Labenal the difference is this, Lutheran is a sect within Christianity that some people choose to convert too.
              I would not consider a religion, be it Judaism or Christianity, to be the same as a sect.
              Nor do I see any equivalence between the way Torah, or the King James Bible, regards homosexuals and the way that Luther preached and wrote about Jews.

              • Nor do I see any equivalence between the way Torah, or the King James Bible, regards homosexuals and the way that Luther preached and wrote about Jews.

                Please do expand. Would this be because you consider homosexuality a “lifestyle choice”?

              • I would not consider a religion, be it Judaism or Christianity, to be the same as a sect.

                Would you say the same about Anglicans, Methodists, Catholics or Baptists?

                Lutheran is a sect within Christianity that some people choose to convert too.

                Like other Christians (or indeed Jews and Muslims), the vast majority of Lutherans are “born into” their faith.

                Your comments are incrediby ignorant.

                • Which part of the phrase “that some people choose to convert too”
                  do you fail to understand pretzelberg?

                  Your comment on my post is not only ignorant about Christianity but demonstrates a shocking lack of ability to comprehend the English language.

                  Do you have any sensible comments to make, which for you would be a change, only your nonsense is getting tiresome.

                  • a shocking lack of ability to comprehend the English language

                    Hilarious! When all else fails, resort to childish insults.

                    You were clearly trying to paint Lutherans as some weird minority outfit. Perhaps you actually believed that. It is you who is ignorant about Christianity.

                    Welcome to the real world.

                    • pretzelberg the term I used to describe Lutherans was sect not cult.

                      If you do not understand the difference between the two then clearly you have a shocking lack of ability to comprehend the English language. That is not an insult just a statement of a self-evident fact.

                      Of course it might be that you are seeking to deliberately misinterpret my posts which makes you a liar as well as tiresome.

                    • Gerald

                      “a shocking lack of ability to comprehend the English language. That is not an insult just a statement of a self-evident fact.”

                      You do know you’re making yourself look even sillier?

                      Are you a 7th Day Adventist? Something has to explain your hatred and utter ignorance of Lutherans.

    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julie_Burchill

      In 1999, Burchill ‘found God’, and became a Lutheran[8] and later a “self-confessed Christian Zionist”.[9] In June 2007, she announced that she would undertake a theology degree,[10] although she subsequently decided to do voluntary work instead as a way to learn more about Christianity.[1] She has volunteered in a local RNIB home.[4] In June 2009 The Jewish Chronicle reported that she had become a Friend of Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue and was considering again a conversion to Judaism.[11] Reported as having attended Shabbat services for a month, and studying Hebrew, Burchill now described herself as an “ex-christian”, pointing out that she had been pondering on her conversion since the age of 25.[11] Burchill said that “At a time of rising and increasingly vicious anti-semitism from both left and right, becoming Jewish especially appeals to me. … Added to the fact that I admire Israel so much, it does seem to make sense – assuming of course that the Jews will have me.”

      […]

      A defender of Israel, The Jewish Chronicle described her in 2008 as “Israel’s staunchest supporter in the UK media”; she has two Israeli flags in her home,[4] declaring in 2005, after Ariel Sharon’s withdrawal of Israeli settlers from the Gaza Strip, that “Israel is the only country I would fucking die for. He’s the enemy of the Jews. Chucking his own people off the Gaza; to me that’s disgusting.”

      […]

      Commenting on the 2011 Egypt protests, Burchill wrote in the The Independent: “It would be wonderful to think that what replaces Mubarak will be better. But here’s the thing about Middle Eastern regimes: they’re all vile. The ones that are ‘friendly’ are vile and the ones that hate us are vile. Revolutions in the region have a habit of going horribly wrong, and this may well have something to do with the fact that Islam and democracy appear to find it difficult to co-exist for long”

      Julie Burchill is definitely somebody I’d love to have dinner with.

      • Well, Bio, all you have to do to make your dream come true is donate enough towards the publication of her book!

      • Bio. when you have dinner with Ms. Burchill you might like to ask her when The Guardian stopped being anti-semitic?
        From your link above to Wikipedia there is a link to an article Ms. Burchill wrote for Haaretz (23) published August 11th 2006 and titled “Bleeding-heart ignoramuses” in which she writes this;

        “The Guardian, the newspaper I left some years ago in protest at what I saw as its vile anti-Semitism. ”

        Now many of us would agree with those sentiments. So what has changed enough for Ms. Burchill to resume writing articles for “The Guardian” ?
        See her profile at “The Guardian” for a list of all the articles she has written in the last few months.

        Has “The Guardian” stopped being guilty of ‘vile anti-Semitism’?
        I think not but Ms. Burchill clearly does or why would she have ended her protest and resumed writing for them?
        You might like to consider that when you have dinner with her, or before you or anyone else buys her book.

        • Gerald. You seem to have a serious problem with Burchill. I am sure she is not above criticism. Nobody is. She has probably written for some dodgy publications, but that is the fate of the freelance writer. But why the determination to do down one of the best and truest friends of Israel in the mainstream British media?

          • Labenal I have no problem with Ms. Burchill other than I doubt the credibility and have severe reservations about someone who has performed so many flip flops.

            Perhaps you can answer the questions I have asked above?

            • JB might have been prone to flip-flopping – but there’s no denying her loyalty to and praise of Israel.

            • Nope, I don’t intend to answer your questions (other than as I already have done) because I don’t believe they are important or relevant in this context.

              Like I said, nobody is above criticism. Nobody has a completely clean slate. If you are going to “have severe reservations” about Burchill as a person, perhaps disagree with her views on topic a or topic b, great. But I don’t think you can seriously justify an attack on her “credibility” as a supporter of Israel. i just don’t.

          • “Both papers’ articles show up on The Guardian website.”
            Do you think that might be because of who owns “The Observer” and to whom “The Observer” answers to?