A reason for losing in 76 seconds


By iainlrabbak
December 7, 2009
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As an excuse for losing a boxing bout in 76 seconds, Rabbi Dovid Lewis of Newcastle United (Championship leaders, mngr: Chris Hughton) has come with one to rival "the dog ate my homework." There was, he claims, shocking anti-Semitic abuse, and the JC website leads with it.
I'm no great fan of JustPeaceUK, but one of its supporters has hit the proverbial on the head when s/he writes:

I am beginning to think those people are right who say the amount of
antisemitism in Britain is exaggerated. I always used to suspect them of
...
This week I see the JC headlined an "attack" on a Hapoel Tel Aviv supporter in
Glasgow for the Celtic match. I was relieved to then read that police said a man
was arrested for brandishing a weapon during a confrontation between two groups
of men in a Glasgow pub, and said no one had been hurt. All the same, I am sure
violence and threats are exceedingly rare in Glasgow pubs, and rival football
fans normally embrace in friendship and sing each other's songs,so perhaps this
was an antisemitic incident, and may, as the JC seems to suggest, have had
something to do with people waving Palestinian flags at the game. The JC quotes
outraged Celtic fans, who of course have never waved flags at football matches
before. Still, it is reassuring to know this was the nearest thing the JC could
find to a serious incident.
Worse, perhaps, was the evidence the JC was able to report of antisemitism at a
pro-Palestinian carol concert. I thought they must have heard a speech or
interpreted the words of the alternative carols carefully, but no, it seems that
another anonymous person in the street (did he arrive on a bike?), confronted by
those charming people from the Zionist Federation outside, made some anti-Jewish
remarks.
You may say that is an obvious news story, but it takes a keen ear and
journalistic instinct or skills to spot things like that. I mean, how many times
have you heard people coming out of a Zionist event or Israel property fair
giving you their opinion on Palestinians and Arabs, and what should be done to
them, or tell you that "you should have died in Auschwitz"? OK, you may have
told your friends about it, but I bet you didn't rush to write it up as a news
story, let alone manage to get it on the JC front-page.
I once stood on a picket across the road from an Ilford shul where an obnoxious
Israeli general was speaking for Jerusalem Day. An Asian woman in shalwar and
khemis crossed the road, nothing to do with our demonstration, and one of the
shul security people jeered "She must be one of your lot!", as though this was
the most insulting wit he could think of. I remarked about his ignorance, but it
never occurred to me to write up the incident as showing what sort of people
were at the shul event
....

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Honest Blogger

Mon, 12/07/2009 - 20:30

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An "Internet troll" or "Forum Troll" or "Message Board Troll" is a person who posts outrageous message to bait people to answer. Forum Troll delights in sowing discord on the forums. A troll is someone who inspires flaming rhetoric, someone who is purposely provoking and pulling people into flaming discussion. Flaming discussions usually end with name calling and a flame war.


DLeigh-Ellis

Mon, 12/07/2009 - 21:03

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Fair post Iain, 'Honest Blogger,' keep it to yourself from now on!

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