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Lord Ahmed: Michael White is not an anti-Semite says Daniel Finkelstein and his sensible Jewish friends

by | 19th, March 2013

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ABOUT peer Lord Ahmed is accused of being an anti-Semite. He denies the charge. You can read the background to the story here . It boils down to Ahmed allegedly claiming on Pakistani TV that the Jews were behind his conviction for dangerous driving. Lord Ahmed went to prison for his crime. The man whose car he hit died .

Daniel Finkelstein is the Executive Editor and a leader writer of the Times, the paper that broke the story. He tweeted:

“Surprised to find our Lord Ahmed Jews story not in BBC radio news summaries…”

Michael White, Assistant Editor at the Guardian, replied:

MichaelWhite ‏‪@MichaelWhite ‪@Dannythefink Now, now Dan. You must know Ahmed/Urdu/Jewish story is legally tricky for all media until checked, BBC lawyers not at work yet

That tweet was missing from the screengrab of the exchange published on CifWatch (see above). White then tweeted:

“@Dannythefink I agree it’s a stinker and typical of double standards. Pity about the illegal settlements though. Best wishes”

Do you see what White did, there? He linked Jews all of them to the Israeli Government’s actions in the disputed West Bank. He did not link Pakistani-born Mulsim Ahmed’s alleged action with the actions of any number of Muslim States.  He did not say, “Pity about the Church bombings, though. Best wishes”; “Pity about the car bombings, though. Best wishes”; “Pity about the Kano bus bombings, though. Best wishes.” That would have been crass, stupid, patronising and wrong.

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