Saturday, 30 April 2016

My plea to the left: treat Jews the same way you’d treat any other minority per Jonathan Freedland in The Guardian

'On the left, black people are usually allowed to define what's racism; women can define sexism; Muslims are trusted to define Islamophobia. But when Jews call out something as antisemitic, leftist non-Jews feel curiously entitled to tell Jews they're wrong, that they are exaggerating or lying or using it as a decoy tactic – and to then treat them to a long lecture on what anti-Jewish racism really is.

The left would call it misogynist "mansplaining" if a man talked that way to a woman. They'd be mortified if they were caught doing that to LGBT people or Muslims. But to Jews, they feel no such restraint.'

Jonathan Freedland gets very close to the truth about the left's double standards on discrimination when applied to Jews here in The Guardian and I recommend that you read the whole article, there's an extract at the top of this piece. 

However there's a few important wrinkles that he has missed and I'll try and post these in a piece later this long weekend.

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