Galliano and Balotelli merely echo the free speaking anti-semites at the polite dinner table
John Galliano has appeared at the British Fashion Awards. Galliano has been away since he told Jews: “People like you ought to be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers would all be f***ing gassed. I love Hitler!”
Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli published a picture declaring the cartoon character Super Mario “jumps like a black man and grabs coins like a Jew”.
Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan says Jews “chase money more than anybody else” and a bit “like the English” (even the English Jews?).
Zionism is a term spat out to attack Jews.
Giles Coren comments:
It is the low quality of modern antisemitism. Perhaps it has to do with a 21st-century dumbing down caused by commercial television and the internet, but where are our Wagners? Our Nietzsches? Our GK Chestertons? While Balotelli merely “likes” someone else’s ancient stereotype, TS Eliot had the gumption to write beautiful modernist epics condemning civilisation’s corruption by the Jews. To have been so eloquently hated by such brilliant men was flattery indeed for the humble Hebrews of the 19th and 20th centuries.
So it is a sad day for Jews when gormless celebrities muttering about coins represent the summit of European antisemitic achievement. My grandparents fled here from a land where Jew-haters had the commitment and discipline to progress from pub rallies and badly spelt pamphlets in comical gothic script to mass international murder in less than 15 years. These piffling, inarticulate outbursts are an insult to their memory.
Anti-semitism is now a respectable position to hold.
The New Statesman asks the question:
The Economist told its readers the Star of David is a barrier to American peace with Iran. (This cartoon was removed and apologised for.)
Coren is right. Jews have seen worse. They used to keep a suitcase packed – just in case.
But be in no doubt that anti-Semitism is thriving.
Sainsbury’s, The Tricycle Theatre and The Edinburgh Fringe have all censored Jews. Europe and the enlightened’s ban on circumcision is a ban on being Jewish, enshrining anti-Semitism in law.
These are dangerous times to be a Jew…