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Emotional, Tired Or Racist?

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There’s plenty of denial in Western societies concerning anti-Jewish racism.

When it does occur in the open, naked and is undeniable then various excuses are often forthcoming.

Readers will remember how Baroness Tonge’s erratic behaviour, conspiracy theories and capitulation to anti-Jewish racism was explained away by her colleagues.

Lord Wallace, a Lib Dem peer, even went so far as to say that she was “…over-emotional, mistaken.”

We’ve heard it before with Oliver Stone and his cretinous remarks concerning Adolf Hitler.

Remember Madeleine Kirk?

So should we be surprised when an ex-SWP activist, Clare Solomon, starts spouting racism, against Jews?

““There is no such thing as the ‘Jewish race’. Yes, there is the Jewish religion, but not a Jewish people per se.

“The view that Jews have been persecuted all throughout history is one that has been fabricated in the last 100 or so years to justify the persecution of Palestinians. To paint the picture that all Jews have always had to flee persecution is just plainly inaccurate.”

Now her defence is that:

“This badly-worded comment was something that I wrote in haste on Facebook at a very busy period. I’m sorry for any misunderstandings caused by what I wrote.”

Thus, the excuses have been over emotional, tired or too busy to think, whatever next?

More is the pity that such people can’t admit that racism affects their underlying thinking and these gaffs are just an unguarded moment when their racism slips out into the open.

Update 1: I am not really here, but on the Engage thread they are ably pulling apart Solomon’s racism and her non-apology.

Written by modernityblog

20/12/2010 at 05:10

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  1. For better or worse this woman is parroting Shlomo Sand. The latest trend
    amongst some of the far left is to pretend that Ashkenazi Jews are Khazars. Recently, there have been some denial papers from the PA claiming no Temple existed or that the Cave of Rachel has no connection to Judaism.

    One could laugh at these comments if they were not part of a greater pattern.The Holocaust, Hep Hep riots, pogroms and Crusader violence against the Jews would seem to make this claim absurd. I am starting to wonder if instead of outrage, laughter and humiliation would be more effective.

    A scholar in the US making similar disparaging remarks about the history of Jim Crow and Slavery would probably be suspended and deservedly so.


    20/12/2010 at 06:17

  2. news about Israeli organ theft is not new. The latest only a few days ago in South Africa for a client in Israel.

    Baroness Tonge was correct. There sis a whole verifiable trail of this stuff

    Am I anti semitic to recognize this in a dispassionate way


    20/12/2010 at 07:05

  3. I hope these comments are criticised outside forums such as this blog, Engage etc. But having heard someone earnestly explain to me that Bongani Masuku’s antisemitisim shouldn’t be condemned because he was provoked – I’m not holding my breath.

    Sarah AB

    20/12/2010 at 08:35

  4. well Sarah, if you provoke something! We reap what we sew. What was antisemetic about Masuku?


    20/12/2010 at 08:47


    I think if you are genuinely provoked and then respond with a personal insult that might be understandable. But if you are provoked and then respond by insulting a whole group/race – that’s different. In particular, you shouldn’t be invited to speak by an organisation (UCU) which is supposed to be committed to antiracism.

    Sarah AB

    20/12/2010 at 09:08

  6. I admit I did not see the article


    20/12/2010 at 09:13

  7. I see what he said about zionists, and I agree. SA Jews such as Joe Slovo were members of the communist party

    While I can’t support a general negative about an entire people, I don’t think what he said amounted to anything serious

    The race hate laws are ridiculous anyway


    20/12/2010 at 09:19

  8. Amband

    It is factually correct to point out Bernie Madoff is Jewish. However, once you start labeling this behavior as typical of all Jews this is classic bigotry.
    No doubt calling all Jamaicans cross dressing drug dealers because of the comedic wig selection of Dudus would be easily recognized as bigotry.

    The comments of Tonge were very close to the blood libel. It is factually correct that some Muslims make snuff films like the beheading of Nick Berg and Daniel Pearl. It is incorrect to blame the entire Muslim community for making snuff films.

    I agree with you about race hate laws. However, if these laws were to ever be seriously enforced those on the far left would be the first to feel its impact.


    20/12/2010 at 11:37

  9. You ruined for argument in the second and third line. No one, least of all me, has stated anything about typical jewish behaviour

    Tonge was factually correct. There are a few instances on record. Also mainstream TV was questioning the Israeli medical set up in haiti

    Insofar as money laundering is concerned

    Also the Russian Oligarchs are exclusively jewish. One is locked up in Russia and the howls of antisemitism in the US is deafening

    There is a Jewish crime syndicate and it’s been around for centuries, as has the mafia, the triads and the Tong and the Yakusa

    No one I know tars all Jews with the same brush


    20/12/2010 at 11:48

  10. Re Beakerkin on Shlomo Sand – exactly the point I was going to make. Interesting how his work ripples outward and then connects with people like Amband…

    Re Amband – which allegation of Tonge’s are you saying is factually accurate? That the IDF stole Haitian organs? Do you have evidence for this that no-one else has seen? Can you point us to the verifiable trail?

    And which of Masuku’s statements do you agree with? That “every Zionist must be made to drink the bitter medicine they are feeding our brothers and sisters in Palestine”, and that that includes all the members of the members of the South African Union of Jewish Students, as he suggested? And what has Joe Slovo got to do with it?

    I’m confused.


    20/12/2010 at 14:55

  11. amband,

    My comments policy applies to you, good bye.


    20/12/2010 at 15:13

  12. […] This is cross-posted from Modernity Blog. […]

  13. Modernity

    Has anyone ever stated humbly, “Whoa that was a really stupid and inexcusable comment. Sorry?”If some scholar or person like Tonge ever said it I would have to respect them on a human level.


    21/12/2010 at 01:39

  14. Beakerkin,

    I don’t think you will ever hear a genuine apology from these people, and essentially they are politicians, it wouldn’t occur to them to ever show contrition, even if they were caught in a car park with their pants down (metaphorically speaking).

    They apologise for being found out, not the contents of their views or their racism.


    21/12/2010 at 03:54

  15. What Beakerkin says at 01:39 is exactly right. As I have said lots of times elsewhere, when I was coming up in the anti-racist movement, a first axiom was that all of us might have some inadvertant racist views which we might find ourselves expressing. It seems the one racism that it is imperative to always deny, never apologise for and never own up to is antisemitism.

    Ben Gidley

    21/12/2010 at 11:54

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