Monday 31 July 2017

Antisemitism lives

Since 1945 and the revelation of the Holocaust, antisemitism has been deeply unfashionable. But it hasn't gone away. Antisemitism is, of course, a particular form of racism. But it's a particular form that isn't as unfashionable as, for example, the racism against dark-skinned people.

Kevin Myers has previous form on this area, having written a Holocaust denial piece saying "There was no holocaust (or Holocaust, as my computer software insists) and six million Jews were not murdered by the Third Reich. These two statements of mine are irrefutable truths."

So in the Irish edition of the Sunday Times (and on the web site of the mainstream Sunday Times (ST)), Kevin Myers, recently said "Jews are not generally noted for their insistence on selling their talent for the lowest possible price".

This was written by Myers, but presumably it was read by an editor, or sub-editor, or legal team, before publication. If a newspaper doesn't get anyone to check what it's printing, it could find itself repeated sued for libel.

Frank Fitzgibbon, editor of the Sunday Times Ireland (STI) has said that he took "full responsibility". Myers, we're told, will not write again for STI (he had a weekly column, for which he was paid). Well, that's good, but that's not actually taking full responsibility, that's taking partial responsibility. If you were fully responsible, you would also be fired. Still we mustn't expect newspaper editors to have a full command of the English language.

Martin Ivens, editor of the ST, has apologised to the two women named in the article. But no-one has apologised to me. I'm an atheist, but I do like Ashkenazi jewish food, so I'm included in this calumny.

I expect antisemitism in the far left and the labour party, on account of their confusion and conflation between "Jews" and "the government of Israel". I expect antisemitism from organisations with names like "Britain Now" (I'm British) or "White Power" (I'm as white as they are). But I don't expect it from respectable newspapers like the Sunday Times.

So that's another newspaper that we won't be buying. And I've made a formal complaint to IPSO. If you want to complain to IPSO, go here.

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