Friday, 28 August 2015

Stephen Pollard, editor of the Jewish Chronicle, has accused the Guardian of publishing an "antisemitic" letter written by a family of Jews in support of Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn. The line he objected to was:
Influential sections of the Jewish community, maybe guided by their Israeli contacts, are frightened that a notable critic of Israel’s policies and actions might attain a position of prominence in British politics.

In his letter, Pollard wrote:
I am sure I do not need to point out to you that this is one of the oldest, most explicit antisemitic memes in existence – the idea that Jews are guided by, and owe their allegiance to, a foreign power (Israel, in the modern world).

So Pollard thinks it is "antisemitic" to claim that Jews have any special connection to Israel. Above is a screenshot of the top of his newspaper's website today. As you can see, almost every story refers to Israel in some way. There is even a special section called "Israel News". Not "Mozambique News" or "China News". Nope. Israel News. But it's "antisemitic" to point this out.

The Guardian, incidentally, rejected his complaint.


  1. In contrast to Pollard, the American Jew Stephen Steinlight is a breath of fresh air:

    ‘like thousands of other typical Jewish kids of my generation, I was reared as a Jewish nationalist. Every summer for two months for 10 formative years during my childhood and adolescence I attended Jewish summer camp. There, I saluted a foreign flag, dressed in a uniform reflecting its colors, sang a foreign national anthem, learned a foreign language, learned foreign folk songs and dances, and was taught that Israel was the true homeland.’

    ‘Of course we also saluted the American and Canadian flags and sang those anthems, usually with real feeling, but it was clear where our primary loyalty was meant to reside.’

    ‘That America has largely tolerated this dual loyalty—we get a free pass, I suspect, largely over Christian guilt about the Holocaust—makes it no less a reality.’

    Click here and scroll down to the sub-heading ‘Jews and Identity Politics’.