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Jews Don’t Count door David Baddiel
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Jews Don’t Count (origineel 2020; editie 2022)

door David Baddiel (Auteur)

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North American Edition of the UK Bestseller How identity politics failed one particular identity. 'a must read and if you think YOU don't need to read it, that's just the clue to know you do.' SARAH SILVERMAN 'This is a brave and necessary book.' JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER 'a masterpiece.'STEPHEN FRY Jews Don't Count is a book for people, who consider themselves on the right side of history. People fighting the good fight against homophobia, disablism, transphobia and, particularly, racism. People, possibly, like you. It is the comedian and writer David Baddiel's contention that one type of racism has been, left out of this fight. In his unique combination of close reasoning, polemic, personal experience and jokes, Baddiel argues that those who think of themselves as on the right side of history have often ignored the history of anti-Semitism. He outlines why and how, in a time of intensely heightened awareness of minorities, Jews don't count as a real minority: and why they should.… (meer)
Lid:tg0610
Titel:Jews Don’t Count
Auteurs:David Baddiel (Auteur)
Info:TLS Books (2022), 144 pages
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Jews Don’t Count door David Baddiel (Author) (2020)

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I did not like this for many reasons, but they are far too numerous to list. TLDR: the author and I disagree on what Jewish identity is and if racialization should even be a goal. Also, I hate Twitter. ( )
  Eavans | Feb 4, 2024 |
A very interesting read that will certainly make you reevaluate what you see and read in the media. I thought some parts of the book were weak but I think that’s due to it being a short read and some points not being expanded on. Definitely worth reading overall. ( )
1 stem thewestwing | Aug 12, 2022 |
Excellent, intensely engaged and thought-provoking. ( )
  ManipledMutineer | Jun 6, 2022 |
Jews Count

I have very mixed feelings about this book. It is a topic very close and personal, so this review will be quite long. If you don’t want to read the whole thing, here’s the short version: maybe read this if you are a woke progressive, although I am doubtful it will influence your thinking. Don’t read it if you’re Jewish and proud, because it will just make you angry. If you are a gentile genuinely interested in contemporary anti-semitism, read Dara Horn’s “People Love Dead Jews” instead of this one.

I am a decade older than the author, and grew up in New York (and have heard many gentiles say to me “Oh, you’re from Jew York, yuck yuck”). My parents were refugees from Europe who had large swaths of their family murdered by Nazis. Everyone of my childhood friends had parents who were either refugees or camp survivors. I have years of direct experience with Jew hatred, particularly since I grew up Orthodox and wore a kippa. Many times walking the streets of “Jew York”, I was called “hebe”, “dirty Jew” etc. There were universities I didn’t apply too because I knew they didn’t accept many Jews (here’s looking at you Princeton and Brown). I did try Harvard but I guess I exceeded their Jew quota.

I went to Columbia College (their Jew quota was larger, being in Jew York). There I dropped religion. In my senior year I decided to wear a kippa again, to express Jewish pride—not as a religious symbol. A friend who was the student union president of this most liberal university, asked to talk to me in private. He said to me “I don’t understand why you decided to do this, but as a friend I really suggest you reconsider.” Totally surprised and taken aback, I asked why. He said “well, you don’t want to be considered one of them.” My blood ran cold, but I asked him, even though I knew the answer “What do you mean by them?” Without shame he said “Oh you know, loud, pushy, money grubbing” I can go on and on, but the point is Jew hatred and me go way back.

My university education turned me into an old-school follower of Enlightenment values. I am appalled by so-called “progressive” (in my day known as “New Left “) obsession with identity politics. This book is essentially a long whine by the author directed at woke people, begging them to include Jews in the holy inner circle of the oppressed. Since I am neither woke and don’t need to learn about anti-semitism, this book wasn’t written for me. I might be persuaded that perhaps it’s a good thing that one of their own points out to “progressives” just how two-faced, hypocritical and racist they are when it comes to Jews. The author makes some good points. But overall, he totally misunderstands what Jewish pride means and what the appropriate response to Jew hatred should be. He also turns out to behave exactly the same way as those he criticizes.

To fully explain what I mean, here is an extensive quote from Dara Horn’s “People Love Dead Jews” an excellent book covering the same territory as this one, just infinitely wiser, better written, more authentic and true. Her book helped me cleanse the bad taste this book left in my mouth, and clarify what was so awful about it:

“[Bigotry] doesn’t involve ‘intolerance’ or ‘persecution,’ at least not at first. Instead, it looks likes the Jews themselves are choosing to reject their own traditions. It is a form of weaponized shame.

Two distinct patterns of antisemitism can be identified by the Jewish holidays that celebrate triumphs over them: Purim and Hanukkah. In the Purim version of antisemitism, exemplified by the Persian genocidal decrees in the biblical Book of Esther, the goal is openly stated and unambiguous: Kill all the Jews. In the Hanukkah version of antisemitism, whose appearances range from the Spanish Inquisition to the Soviet regime, the goal is still to eliminate Jewish civilization. But in the Hanukkah version, this goal could theoretically be accomplished simply by destroying Jewish civilization, while leaving the warm, de-Jewed bodies of its former practitioners intact.

For this reason, the Hanukkah version of antisemitism often employs Jews as its agents. It requires not dead Jews but cool Jews: those willing to give up whatever specific aspect of Jewish civilization is currently uncool.”

Baddiel fits this description perfectly. Here is what he says about his Jewish identity:

“my Jewish identity is about Groucho Marx, and Larry David, and Sarah Silverman, and Philip Roth, and Seinfeld, and Saul Bellow, and pickled herring, and Passovers in Cricklewood in 1973, and my mother being a refugee from the Nazis, and wearing a yarmulke at my Jewish primary school – and none of that has anything to do with a Middle Eastern country three thousand miles away. And also: Israelis aren’t very Jewish anyway, as far as my relationship with Jewishness is concerned. They’re too macho, too ripped and aggressive and confident. As I say of them – or, to be precise, Lenny, a Jewish-American taxi driver character I invented for my film The Infidel, says of them – ‘Jews without angst, without guilt. So not really Jews at all.”

in other words, being Jewish for Baddiel is all the “cool” things. As for the most “uncool” part of being Jewish these days—particularly for “progressives”—namely Israel, well, Israelis aren’t really Jews at all! Baddiel, who so wants to “count” amongst his “progressive” friends is willing to unashamedly say the largest Jewish community in the world just doesn’t count!

I will quote Horn one more time, because she says far better than I, exactly what Baddiel makes me feel:

“Uncoolness is pretty much Judaism’s brand, which is why cool people find it so threatening—and why Jews who are willing to become cool are absolutely necessary to Hanukkah antisemitism’s success. These ‘converted’ Jews are used to demonstrate the good intentions of the regime—which of course isn’t antisemitic but merely requires that its Jews publicly flush thousands of years of Jewish civilization down the toilet in exchange for the worthy prize of not being treated like dirt, or not being murdered. For a few years. Maybe.” ( )
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North American Edition of the UK Bestseller How identity politics failed one particular identity. 'a must read and if you think YOU don't need to read it, that's just the clue to know you do.' SARAH SILVERMAN 'This is a brave and necessary book.' JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER 'a masterpiece.'STEPHEN FRY Jews Don't Count is a book for people, who consider themselves on the right side of history. People fighting the good fight against homophobia, disablism, transphobia and, particularly, racism. People, possibly, like you. It is the comedian and writer David Baddiel's contention that one type of racism has been, left out of this fight. In his unique combination of close reasoning, polemic, personal experience and jokes, Baddiel argues that those who think of themselves as on the right side of history have often ignored the history of anti-Semitism. He outlines why and how, in a time of intensely heightened awareness of minorities, Jews don't count as a real minority: and why they should.

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