But I remembered writing to the Jewish Chronicle in response to a libelous article by David Aaronovitch. I've been published there before, at least twice in response to pieces by Aaro but the time I had in mine proved beyond question that he is a bare faced liar and so they wouldn't publish. My letter's here and I remembered roughly the last bit:
Still, in these ecumenical times I think it's nice that a non-Jew such as David Aaronovitch can write for the Jewish Chronicle but when he invokes stereotypes like "big noses and loud behaviour" I'd say he's crossed a line. Surely in the JC a Jew's anti-Zionism is preferable to a gentile's anti-Semitism.I actually found my old post whilst looking for the David Aaronovitch article that prompted it. What I couldn't find was the article by Aaro. It could be that the JC smartly disappeared it. But not to worry. I smartly pasted a copy (together with a running critique) here. Here's the bit I was referring to at the end of my letter:
Ah yes, say some readers, we are way ahead of you. Mr Elf and Mr Greenstein are archetypal “self-haters”. They are typical Jews who hate Jews (an organisation, come to think of it, which would complete the long, self-indulgent list of Jews For or Against This or That). They wish somehow to lose their unwanted Jewishness by currying favour with the goyische welt. They like the Nobel prizes and the comedy, but they don’t want to be associated with the big noses and loud behaviour in WaitroseHe actually goes on to say:
The boycotters, and especially the Jews for Boycotts, are not self-hating Jews — they’re adolescents. It isn’t themselves they hate, but Daddy and Mummy. In fact, they’re so vain they probably think this piece is about them.Clever huh? So according to Aaro, Jews have big noses, are loud and Jewish parents are Zionists? In case you think he missed an antisemitic stereotype like say the money thing, here's how he started the piece:
It has long been one of the perverse talents of British middle-class activistsSo there we are, according to David Aaronovitch, Jews have big noses, are loud, Jewish parents are Zionists and we are all middle class too. I must remember that when I spend 12 hours in a minicab I don't even own.
Now why couldn't I find Aaro's masterpiece on Google except on my own blog? Maybe he got the right to be forgotten. Dodgy characters can do that when they've been rehabilitated out of their dodginess but Aaro hasn't. He hasn't changed at all.
And that brings us to the antisemitic AsaJew put down. The latest campaigner against "antisemitism", Baroness Royall, makes a specific point of this one in her blog post for the UK Labourite wing of the World Zionist Organisation:
Many students reported that should a Jewish student preface a remark “as a Jew …” they are likely to face ridicule and behaviour that would not be acceptable for someone saying “as a woman …” or “as an Afro-Caribbean”. This should not be tolerated.We need to note here that Baroness Royall offers no evidence of what she claims but if you google AsaJew you will pretty much only find Zionists throwing this particular antisemitic putdown around. Aaronovitch is not just not an exception, he even offers advice on when or how it should or can be used or abused:
And as a JC regular he also works for Stephen Pollard, assuming the editor of the JC is the commentator's boss. And here's Pollard:Why Is Jewish owned press so consistently anti- Israel in every crisis?— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) 18 November 2012
The Grauniad has more Asajews today https://t.co/RS3ti8grG6— Stephen Pollard (@stephenpollard) 11 May 2016
Of course no one has to pay for Aaro's racist outbursts at The Times or the JC but he is also something of a regular on BBC Radio 4 and if you live in the UK, as I do, and you own a television, which I do, you do have to pay for the BBC so most Brits have to pay for David Aaronovitch one way or another.
So while the Labour Party is allowing Zionists to goosestep all over it, silencing criticism of Israel amid a welter of bogus allegations of antisemitism, those most likely to hurl antisemitic abuse at their political opponents are given a free, indeed a paid for, hand.