Sunday, June 30, 2019

Anti-Semitism in Once-Great Britain

Yesterday, a fascist mob attacked journalist Andy Ngo in Portland, OR, sending him to the emergency room. Police stood by while it was happening. Apparently, they are on the side of the Antifa fascists. Obviously, the Justice Department needs to take action against the mayor of Portland.

So, fascism is on the rise. Only, it is coming from the left. Now, from Once-Great Britain we learn of a novelist named Richard Zimler, who is being excluded from cultural events because… he is Jewish. This means, for those who are unfamiliar with cultural reality, that the BDS anti-Semites are likely to be triggered by the presence of a Jew. And that British authorities happily bow down to the demands of the anti-Semitic left.

The Guardian has the story:

A bestselling novelist says he has been dropped from two literary events in the UK in recent weeks because he is Jewish.

Richard Zimler, whose latest book The Gospel According to Lazarus was published in April, said two cultural event coordinators had terminated negotiations on publicising his new novel because they feared a backlash from anti-Israel campaigners. Zimler has no connections with or family in Israel.

The author’s personal publicist, who asked not to be named, confirmed that two literary organisations had pulled out of initially enthusiastic discussions about events with Zimler. They feared his Jewishness would alienate Palestinian sympathisers among their clientele and could result in protests, the publicist said.

And, let’s not forget the British Labour Party. Under the unenlightened leadership of notable anti-Semite Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party has made anti-Semitism respectable… and has made being Jewish a triggering offense:

Friends in the UK had suggested that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign and the reluctance of the Labour party to take a firm stand against antisemitic discourse had contributed to an “atmosphere of fear”.

Zimler says: “If cultural organisations are afraid of hosting events for Jewish writers, then Britain has taken a big step backwards.”

He points out that his most well-known books are set in Portugal and Poland. His latest novel is set in the Holy Land, but 2,000 years before the creation of the state of Israel.


Sam L. said...

I need no reminder to NOT go to England/The-Once-Great Britain. Even though there are some places I would like to see. Not worth it.

UbuMaccabee said...

In the lead up and aftermath of the Dreyfus affair, the pronounced anti-Antisemitism of virtually all the French socialists (save Saint-Simon and a handful of others) was on display in Europe. The European intelligensia viewed religious Judaism as an impediment to their program; the Jews would have to be converted or eliminated. Even Karl Marx held a malicious contempt for practicing, religious Jews ("On the Jewish Question" is a really ugly piece of work and should always be brought up when discussing Marx). Jewish socialists have been shameless apologists for this sordid history for about 150 years now.

Millions of Jews, living good lives courtesy of western liberalism and free market economies, still cannot see the Jew haters are almost entirely, uniformly, on the left. Socialism has long been the opiate of secular Judaism, but with Islam mixed in, it's more like fentanyl at this point.

Corbyn is just the latest in a long, long line of Jew-hating socialists. The only reason people seem surprised by his hatred for Jews is because the left has been lying about socialism and the history of socialism since its inception (and the great irony is that socialist Jews have been at the forefront of this demented apologetic for decades; ethnic Jews chose socialism as a replacement for Judaism). Leftist Jews abandoned ethical monotheism for socialism, and elected to side with anti-Semitic non-Jews to identify and denigrate religious Jews as enemies of progress, enemies of the revolution, enemies of Europe. The same leftist Jews now fund BDS and J-Street and show up hand-in-hand with Hamas and CAIR to demand the destruction of the State of Israel.

Socialism is inherently hostile to Judaism; they are incompatible. Socialism has always viewed religious Judaism as a threat to the teleology of socialism, socialists were just more honest about saying it during the 19th and early 20th century. The Nazis did not create the climate of hatred for the Jews, that was in place long before they showed up. Corbyn would in quite nicely among 19th century French socialists; although he would be viewed as too uncommitted.

Read William I Brustein on the subject; his writings are excellent.

Sam L. said...

Also, Portland.