Wednesday, 7 November 2018
Royal Mint rejected Roald Dahl coin over antisemitic views | Books per The Guardian
'Dahl told the New Statesman: "There is a trait in the Jewish character that does provoke animosity, maybe it's a kind of lack of generosity towards non-Jews. I mean, there's always a reason why anti-anything crops up anywhere; even a stinker like Hitler didn't just pick on them for no reason."
In an interview with the Independent in 1990, months before his death, he described himself as antisemitic and railed against the "Jewish-owned" media.
He told the publication: "It began in 1982 when the Israelis invaded Lebanon. They killed 22,000 civilians when they bombed Beirut. It was very much hushed up in the newspapers because they are primarily Jewish-owned …
"I'm certainly anti-Israeli and I've become antisemitic in as much as that you get a Jewish person in another country like England strongly supporting Zionism. I think they should see both sides. It's the same old thing: we all know about Jews and the rest of it. There aren't any non-Jewish publishers anywhere, they control the media – jolly clever thing to do – that's why the president of the United States has to sell all this stuff to Israel … "'
More here in The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/nov/06/royal-mint-roald-dahl-coin-antisemitic-views but obviously not on the antisemitic, by at least one of the IHRA examples, BBC.
I wonder if Jeremy Corbyn is a big fan of Roald Dahl's writing.