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    The Telegraph used to be the one paper which attempted some fairness in reporting events Israeli and Jewish, in that it allowed Israel's viewpoint to be presented.

    Lately - well since the paper changed hands actually - it's reverted to the anti-Zionist default position of most of Fleet Street.

    A pity.


    I'm from the States. You know, that's the country whose government and media are totally controlled by the Jewish Lobby. So maybe that's why I'm brainwashed enough to find this whole thing about Abrahams (and Levy) to be really weird.

    OK, these guys are pro-Israel, but they're not the only donors and diplomatic representatives working with the British government or the Labour Party. There must be plenty of pro-Arab diplomats and businessmen who also donate their time and money. So what's the big deal?

    But what really strikes me as strange is the fact that Levy's and Abrahams' Jewishness is seen as an unsavory thing in itself. I find it strange that the media only have to hint that some private donor is Jewish (as opposed to Arab, Scottish, Welsh, or Martian), and that's enough to give him an evil cast, as if he were some sort of Svengali.

    One article in The Economist sometime back made a snide comment to the effect that the USA is notoriously sensitive on "the Jewish Question." For one thing, I couldn't believe that Economist would resort to the archaic and ugly concept of a "Jewish Question." This alone shows that the old taboos against Antisemitism are weakening. In any case, I think that the Economist article--as well as the brouhaha over Levy and Abrahams--indicate that it's Britain that's overly sensitive to "the Jewish Question," which is to say that it's overly sensitive to the presence of Jews in positions of influence or power.


    "The Telegraph used to be the one paper which attempted some fairness in reporting events Israeli and Jewish..."

    I had always thought that the Telegraph stood out as being exceptionally pro-Israel, especially when compared to the other media in Britain. In fact, I heard that it used to be called the "Tel Aviv-graph."

    But I have seen some recent complaints about a change in direction. I guess it's either more comforting to run with the pack, or the new owners buy into the conventional wisdoms about the Middle East.


    Oops, just one more thing: I remember reading some time back that new prospective owners of The Telegraph were German, and that they wanted to maintain a strong pro-Israeli line. I also read that the journalists working at the paper balked at that requirement.

    Now I've just happened onto a BBC report about the "battle" for ownership of the paper. It seems that the German group Axel Springer was in the running. That must've been the company I had read about earlier, only I thought that they had already acquired ownership. It seems that they lost out to the Barclay brothers, who must be setting the new tone.

    Still, it does go to show you that, even in its pro-Israeli prime, a lot of Telegraph journalists must've been relatively pro-Arab.


    I think the British - Christian, post-christian and Muslim - would be quite happy to ban Jews from all influential positions - beginning with law and medicine, accounting and architecture. I believe that list should extend to waiters in restaurants and barbers, since the practitioners of these trades come into contact with influential members of the British public and represent far too great a risk of changing the national policies toward Israel. Also, if some isolated areas could be found for housing Jews, perhaps their residences might be limited to those places. They are quite the pain in the eye.

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