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“Of Jewish Origin”

The letters section of today’s Guardian features a letter by 60-something signatories “of Jewish origin.” According to the signatories, “When we see the dead and bloodied bodies of young children, the cutting off of water, electricity and food, we are reminded of the siege of the Warsaw Ghetto.”

They go on to label the Palestinian Authority “Palestinian quislings,” blame Israel for the crisis, call for the British Ambassador to leave Tel Aviv, and propose a boycott on Israel.

The Guardian never misses a chance to give voice to those who are proud to be ashamed to be Jewish, especially when they think they can get away with their crass anti-Semitism by asserting their “Jewish origin.” Surely, this lot inserted that sentence both to give rhetorical strength to their letter and to pre-empt any accusation of anti-Semitism.

Well, as German columnist Henryk Broder recently noted, “There are nurses who kill their patients, attorneys who commit insurance fraud. Why can’t there not therefore be Jews who are anti-Semites?” There can be, and thanks to the Guardian we know who they are.