Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Told You So

Way back in homogenous 20s and 30s England, when the exotic (but relatively tiny) immigrant quarters of London, with their Jews, Russians, Letts and seafaring communities provided colour for a generation of crime and adventure writers, from Dorothy L Sayers to Dornford Yates, the Jews were about the most exotic 'other' that existed ... A few things have happened since those days. The Jews, for the first time in millennia, have a homeland ... And now England has much more interesting 'others' - like the British Muslims.

This blog, December 2003.

Israel could no longer be regarded as a country made up of passive victims in need of the Guardian's liberal embrace ...
The "disenchantment" of the Guardian is largely due to the limits of its liberal philo-semitism once Jews could no longer be loved primarily for their victimhood. When it became clear, after 1967, that the creation of Israel had given rise to another set of victims, the Palestinians, Jews could no longer be unequivocally embraced.

Bayran Cheyette, reviewing Daphna Baram's book "Disenchantment: The Guardian and Israel" in the Guardian.

Covered at Backspin and Mark Fox - whose post implying that Daphna Baram thought the Guardian antisemitic is answered by Daphna herself. The Economist has a review which also takes apart the Glasgow Media Group ('It is pro-Israeli bias, for example, to use the word “terrorism” to describe the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians at bus stops').

Hat-Tip - Fisky, on form again.

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