Andy Newman on antisemitism and the left

Writing on Comment Is Free, Andy Newman warns well-meaning people against the antisemites stalking the pro-Palestinian movement.

6 Responses to “Andy Newman on antisemitism and the left”

  1. Brian Goldfarb Says:

    Now what’s interesting is the speed with which the moderator has deleted some of the early comments (though macfink about a dozen or so down is either misguided or…see the defence of Atzmon and his book: he’s not really antisemitic, you know, sez macfink.

    Go figure.

  2. Maria Says:

    Interesting that the Guardian fairly quickly moved this piece to the ‘American’ section of CiF.
    Very odd since Andy Newman is only really known in the UK and Atzmon is a British citizen, known as a British jazz musician and performs and speaks primarily in the UK.
    Why is it categorised as an ‘American issue’ rather than a British one?

  3. Maria Says:

    Whoops. It has moved again to the ‘Middle East’ section now.

  4. Thomas Venner Says:

    Anyone seen this? – http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/sep/26/antisemitism-the-left

    “Tentacles”? Really?

    I’m sure we’ve all heard the phrase “when you’re in a hole, stop digging”. The advice given to some people seems to be more along the lines of “when you’re in a hole, get a backhoe in and keep going until you find Melbourne”.

  5. Ignorance is bliss Says:

    Whilst Newman’s comments are to be supported he nonetheless fails to address the question of antisemitism (past and present) that is firmly rooted in a left history. Instead, he argues that the antisemitism affecting the pro-Palestinian position is solely the product of “far-right” infiltrators.
    That this view falls far short of reality can be easily seen. In the yesterday’s Guardian letter pages (can someone provide the link, please) Lord Phillips of the Lib Dems writes about the power of the “Israel Lobbies” over the US and UK governments. Jenny Tonge made the same claim. Tony Benn claim that the power of the Lobby was behind the BBC’s refusal to air the Gaza appeal.
    Whatever Benn, Tonge and Phillips are, I think we can all agree that they are not of or from the “far right”.
    Newman needs to be a bit more aware and open about the antisemitism present in some pro-Palestinian discourse that stems, not from the far-right, but from the left and liberal left.

  6. Absolute Observer Says:

    Thomas,
    Yes I saw this. I assume that the Guardian is simply giving her a right to reply (which as you say confirms rather than questions Newman’s points) rather than re-opening a debate on the blood libel. Considering that a while back they could not recognise a letter from a Holocaust denier one can never be to sure.

    From one of Weir’s articles,
    “24/ http://www.bloodpassover.com/toafftableofcontents.htm
    Israeli writer Israel Shamir reports that some years ago “…a leading Chabad rabbi, Yitzhak Ginzburgh, gave his religious permission for a Jew to take a liver from a non-Jew even without his consent. He said that ‘a Jew is entitled to extract the liver from a goy if he needs it, for the life of a Jew is more valuable than the life of a goy, likewise the life of a goy is more valuable than the life of an animal.’”

    “Israeli writer Israel Shamir”??
    http://www.searchlightmagazine.com/index.php?link=template&story=6

    n.b this article of Weir’s appeared five years after the Searchlight article. But I am sure that apart from citing a classic illustration of the blood libel by a renowned antisemitic writer, Wier is a respectable and legitimate commentator of matters Israeli and Jewish and whoever says otherwise is not doubt engaged in a “right-wing smear”.


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