Jews Don’t Count, by David Baddiel

Author: David Baddiel. Review by Tony Stoller

'Baddiel’s challenge is to people who are fighting against homophobia, disablism, transphobia and, particularly, racism.' | Photo: Book cover of Jews Don’t Count, by David Baddiel

Many Quakers feel uncomfortable when approaching the issue of anti-Semitism. This year there have been firm statements from Friends House condemning the activities of the Israeli government, but nothing specifically about the increasingly violent incidents of anti-Semitism in this country. It is almost as if some Quakers feel that Jews in Britain deserve what they are getting. Can you imagine advancing such an argument regarding Islamophobia? That the appalling actions of the Syrian or Saudi governments are a justification for attacks on Muslims? Yet Quakers were largely silent when shouts of ‘Kill the Jews, rape their daughters’, were heard in Golders Green and elsewhere.

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