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Baddiel’s new book is a must-read, but has some key omissions

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David Baddiel’s Jews Don’t Count criticises the progressive left for their inability to treat Jews as they would any other minority in their fight against racism. Using examples of racism against Jews which would never be tolerated against any other ethnic group, he suggests that Jews are not taken seriously because they’re seen as having too much white privilege to be afforded the same protections.

Celebrities on Twitter have come out to praise it. Hugh Laurie called it “terrific and purely addictive.” The book is a must-read and as a Jew, I welcome seeing this argument finally being made public, a double-standard we’ve known about for years but for one reason or other have not spoken about outside of our own community.

However, throughout the 144 pages, there is no mention of the critical role of anti-Israel rhetoric in making prejudice against Jews acceptable. A case in point is how he describes the accusations of anti-Semitism against Corbyn. He refers to his defence of the street artist Mear One’s anti-Semitic mural. But this was wasn’t the smoking gun that proved the........

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