The Hidden Costs of Jew-Baiting in England

Jew-baiting has become something of a sport in England, as Brits feed the monster — radical Islam — that devours them.

by Richard Landes, PAJAMAS MEDIA

London is an amazing place, full of vitality, intensity, foreign tourists and residents, a patchwork of pluralism. Talk to the average person, and nothing seems amiss: this cab driver, having driven in London for 40 years, sees no significant change in the neighborhoods he travels through; this financier sees no signs of intimidation; this shopper, this tavern-hopper, this man on the bus, lives in an interesting and relatively normal world. A superficial walk through the [Regent’s] park gives the distinct sense of normality.

But talk to the Jews, and you get a different story. The International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists held a conference here this week. The topic: Democratic and Legal Norms in an Age of Terror. Panels discussed everything from the Goldstone Report, to the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement, to “universal jurisdiction” (lawfare against Israelis brought in foreign courts). Here, in the Khalili Lecture Theatre of the SOAS (School for Oriental and African Studies), Jewish lawyers discussed a grim reality whose only public appearance on an everyday basis is the drumbeat of calumny that a boisterous elite — NGOs, journalists, academics — rain down on Israel.

Perhaps the most startling of the sessions concerned the BDS movement. Jonathan Rynhold, from the BESA Center at Bar Ilan, and Anthony Julius, author of Trials of the Diaspora: A History of Anti-Semitism in England, both presented a picture of British anti-Zionist activity whose intellectual and moral foundations were profoundly irrational, a dogmatic will to stigmatize and destroy Israel that responded to no argument about proportion (what about other places?) or reason (you make no moral demands of the Palestinians). And behind that lies a much weightier volume of negative feeling, a kind of unthinking animosity that expressed itself in its most banal form when a woman explained to Julius: “We all know why the Jews are hated: you marry among yourselves and live in ghettos like Golders Green and Vienna [sic].” In so doing, she put her finger on the most widespread subtext for hostility to Jews – “they think they’re the chosen people.”
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  1. Yes we do, skank. The Jews are hated because filth like you resent them for being better than you are.

    Now tell us what you really think. What about The Black Plague?

  2. “We all know why the Jews are hated

    Yes we do, skank. The Jews are hated because filth like you resent them for being better than you are.

  3. A few days ago I came across a movie, The Baader Meinhof complex. It really puts in perspective the left, terrorism, and international connections between the left and Islam, and a common hatred for the US and Israel. It’s a historical account of a German terrorist faction covering from about 1967-1977.

  4. a kind of unthinking animosity that expressed itself in its most banal form when a woman explained to Julius: “We all know why the Jews are hated: you marry among yourselves and live in ghettos like Golders Green and Vienna [sic].” In so doing, she put her finger on the most widespread subtext for hostility to Jews – “they think they’re the chosen people.”

    I have animosity and hostility toward Brits.

    And we ARE the chosen people, not because we THINK so but even true Christians know Jews are the chosen people. But England is no longer Christian. BTW every other religious group marries among themselves. Certainly muslims do so and hole themselves up in enclaves where non-muslims cannot enter, but does this inspire this woman to hate muslims?

  5. BRITISH SCHOOLS IN STOKE UK RUSH TOWARD DHIMMITUDE LAUGHING AND LEAPING ALL THE WAY…….

    They’re buffoons, plain and simple. It never occurs to them that Islam is never reciprocal in its overtures to the non-Muslims, one demand by a Muslim council met is met with even more demands for the dhimmi to fulfill, or cries of racism and “Islamophobia” ringing through the loud speakers of the mosques and dhimmi airwaves.
    Get it straight folks, Islamic law, sharia, is not just for the “faithful” who belong to the ideology started by Mohamed, the false prophet of allah’s Islam. No, sharia also effects the non-Muslim as well, as we can see this school system’s rearranging the schedule to accommodate the Muslims..

    I love it!! Couldn’t happen to a more worthy nation!!!

    Council forces schools to rearrange exams and cancel lessons to avoid offending Muslims during Ramadan

    During Ramadan, all Muslims who have reached puberty avoid eating or drinking between sunrise and sunset to encourage discipline and self-restraint. To help them with this, Stoke council advises schools not to schedule exams or hold parents’ meetings and social events after school. They should also avoid swimming lessons because some parents and pupils consider the risk of swallowing water too great. It even advises schools to cancel sex education because Muslims are expected to avoid sexual thoughts while fasting. MORE