Yasmin Alibhai-Brown to speak at JCORE event.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown will be performing her one woman, Shakespeare inspired show about the challenges of belonging at Alyth Synagogue London, on Wednesday 18 November.

The event is a Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE) event.

JCORE : “works with the Jewish and wider communities to promote a positive multi-ethnic UK free from all forms of racism.”

JCORE also believes that :

“As Jews, we know what happens when others stand by and do nothing. That’s why our community needs to speak out – to help to bring about change and challenge racism at its roots.”

Perhaps JCORE would like to discuss with Yasmin Alibhai-Brown Yasmin several comments she has made over the last few years.

Such as :

“The over-influential Friends of Israel”.

and ‘the wrath of Moses’ and ‘accusations of anti-Semitism because I dare to raise the question’.

6 Responses to “Yasmin Alibhai-Brown to speak at JCORE event.”

  1. Lynne T Says:

    I don’t know why, but this reminds me of an event held many years ago at Torontos’s oldest and largest reform synagogue. A representative of the black community was invited to address an assembly on relations between communities. Among this congregation’s torahs was one that had been rescued by its rabbi from a synagogue in Germany that was destroyed in the Holocaust and doubtless many congregants lost near relatives if they were not themselves direct survivors.

    The invitee knew so little about the people he was speaking to that he told them that they couldn’t possibly comprehend the discrimination faced by the black community!

  2. Harry Goldstein Says:

    I used to have a lot of time for JCORE, but I now think its perspective is part of the problem. Central to its implicit worldview is that Jews are part of the majority (therefore potentially racist, oppressive) community, albeit a part that has a particular responsibility to ‘speak out’ owing to its own past history of victimhood.

    The two main problems with this worldview are:
    1. An absence of any notion that Jews themselves, here and now, might be victims of racism (including from other ethnic minorities), and
    2. The implicit double standard which suggests that Jews ‘should know better’, and that therefore racist behaviour by Jews is more culpable than similar behaviour from others.

    That this double standard is itself racist, is something that many people have previously commented on here, and presumably needs no repetition.

  3. Absolute Observer Says:

    Lynne T,
    Since there is not a league table of discrimination, the meeting seemed a success since the person who came to speak may well have learnt something about antisemitism and some Jews may have learnt about anti-black racism. Surely that is the point.

    Regards,
    AO

  4. letsgeteven Says:

    In my experience Jews are as likely to harbour racist feelings as are non-Jews. Jewish racism is mostly directed against people of African origin, Hispanics, Chinese and Arabs. And within the Jewish world also there is a distinct pecking order, with Ashkenazi Western Jews at the top, Ashkenazi Eastern European Jews in the middle, and everyone else at the bottom. At the very bottom we have the hapless Ethiopean and Cochin Jews.

    I don’t believe that there is any society on earth that is free of this stain. The fact that we Jews are the victims of the most abominable racism ever has only a marginal influence on our own attitudes.

  5. Lynne T Says:

    AO:

    You are possibly reading more into what I wrote than I intended.

    I was not present that night. I only read the account the next day in one of Toronto’s largest newspapers, which was, simply, that the guest speaker made a blanket statement that left the impression on the reporter that in that man’s mind only non-white people could be the victims of discrimination. There was no mention in the article about th sort of racism that pale-skinned Jews faced back in Europe, or even the sort of open racism Jews experienced in Canada prior to WW II.

  6. Rebecca Lesses Says:

    letsgeteven –

    You’re certainly right that there’s racism in the Jewish community, but it is a bit condescending to write about the “hapless Cochin Jews.” They certainly faced discrimination when they made aliyah (as did many Jews from non-European countries) but they are hardly “hapless” right now – they’re quite a successful and well-integrated community in Israel right now (while still maintaining their own traditions). The Ethiopians may be a bit more “hapless” but I think they still would prefer to be referred to in a less condescending way.


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