Christina Patterson has gone and done it again


By Robyn Rosen
December 23, 2010
Share

Christina Patterson has gone and done it again.

Not satisfied with her initial rant in July about how rude her Chassidic neighbours in Stamford Hill are towards her, the Independent columnist has once again decided to defend it.

In a nutshell, she’s upset that she’s been listed on the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s worst antisemitic slurs of 2010.

In her latest tirade, she justifies her original comments with an explanation closely associated to that old favourite “I can’t be antisemitic, I have Jewish friends” and says that even people with names like “Solomon, Symons or Greenfield” have sent her messages of support.

In an attempt to further explain her views, she claims that “anyone, anywhere, who criticises the behaviour of anyone who happens to be Jewish should be stuck in the stocks and slapped with a label that makes them out as not just racist, but a hater of a particular, entire race”.

But what Ms Patterson still does not realise is that she wasn’t criticising the behaviour of someone who just so happens to be Jewish.

Her original piece describes people that drive badly, talk on their phone while in the car and are rude to customers in shops with the derogatory, narrow-minded statement: “I don't care if they wear frock-coats, and funny suits and hats covered in plastic bags, and insist on wearing their hair in ringlets (if they're male) or covered up by wigs (if they're female), but I do think they could treat their neighbours with a bit more courtesy and just a little bit more respect.”

By making that very link, between bad behaviour and the fact that they are Jewish, she has made huge generalisations about the race as a whole.

She goes on to belittle one of the world’s great human rights organisations as a “Museum of Tolerance” (her quote marks) and then, after criticising it for connecting Jewish rights to supporting Israel, does just that, spending the next 100 words questioning support for a country that uses “a nine-year-old child as a human shield”.

Isn’t it ironic that Ms Patterson thinks she can teach the Simon Wiesenthal Centre about tolerance?

COMMENTS

Jonathan Hoffman

Thu, 12/23/2010 - 15:09

Rate this:

3 points

I saw Patterson in action, at a debate in October, with Jonathan Arkush, among others. She made my flesh crawl.

Not quite as bad as Michele Renouf, but give her time.


Jonathan Hoffman

Thu, 12/23/2010 - 15:19

Rate this:

3 points

Delighful comments below Patterson's sewage: here are two, no doubt there are loads more, I haven't looked. The sooner the Indie goes bust, the better.

Ms. Patterson is making a valid point; it's one that has been made many times but it doesn't seem to stop the ever-vigilant Jewish lobby from continuing with their policy of smearing anyone who expresses even the mildest disapproval of Jewish people.

...........

"If the jewish race really wish to be accepted and even liked by the world why do they always provoke anger from the world? Is it their way of playing the mobbed child who always needs protection from their big brother."


Jonathan Hoffman

Thu, 12/23/2010 - 15:33

Rate this:

2 points

You will also find this post under Patterson's vitriol:

Why I don’t like Israelis…

1 They are racists

"Our race is the Master Race. We Jews are divine gods on this planet. We are as different from the inferior races as they are from insects. In fact, compared to our race, other races are beasts and animals, cattle at best. Other races are considered as human excrement. Our destiny is to rule over the inferior races. Our earthly kingdom will be ruled by our leader with a rod of iron. The masses will lick our feet and serve us as our slaves."
- Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin in a speech to the Knesset quoted in “Begin and the Beasts”, New Statesman, June 25, 1982 by Israeli journalist Amnon Kapeliouk.

Of course this is a false quote

http://begincenterdiary.blogspot.com/2009/05/correcting-misquotation-rep...

See my study of Guardian CIF for more false quotes which demonise Israel:

http://www.zionismontheweb.org/CommentIsFree_ParliamentASCttee_July08.pd...

There is a whole "false quote" industry out there and the Moderators of these websites do nothing to check the veracity of the quotes


jose (not verified)

Thu, 12/23/2010 - 15:47

Rate this:

2 points

My personal favourite right now:
"Are you on drugs like the majority of people in Israel?"

(S)He who sleeps with dogs gets up with fleas.


Jonathan Hoffman

Thu, 12/23/2010 - 15:57

Rate this:

2 points

even people with names like “Solomon, Symons or Greenfield” have sent her messages of support.

Reminds me of "Seven Jewish Children" at the Royal Court, where every actor/actress had a Jewish-sounding name, in a blatantly manipulative and of course fruitless attempt to deflect the charge that the play is antisemitic.


Robyn Rosen

Thu, 12/23/2010 - 16:27

Rate this:

2 points

And here is Guy Walters jumping on the bandwagon in today's Telegraph: http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/guywalters/100069450/its-not-antisemit...
He defends Ms Patterson by saying she clearly isn't a member of the BNP and because she is a "literary" person, her comments must be informed and educated.
He says: "Hasidic Jews have a reputation for being intolerant of those outside their world. It’s clear, that by moving to Stamford Hill, Patterson witnesses this intolerance every day. Let’s get this straight: Patterson is telling the truth."
Once again, a huge generalisation. I can only imagine what the response would be if another race was collectively described in this way.
And then, as if by thinking this somehow proves the argument, he quotes from a Yahoo message board, an anonymous poster saying: "I'm from NYC and they [Chassidic Jews] are the rudest group of people I have ever come across."
He finishes with these words of wisdom: "Yes, calling for Jews to be burned to death is anti-Semitic, but asking Hasidic Jews in Stamford Hill to be a little more polite is not."
This sweeping statement shows just how out-of-touch Mr Walters is with the extent of intolerance in this country.


mattpryor

Thu, 12/23/2010 - 16:40

Rate this:

2 points

Patterson is a f*ckwit. I promise you that most people don't think like this.


Jonathan Hoffman

Thu, 12/23/2010 - 16:53

Rate this:

2 points

http://www.thejc.com/lifestyle/the-simon-round-interview/simon-wiesentha...

Remember that Walters has an agenda vis a vis Wiesenthal....


amber

Thu, 12/23/2010 - 18:34

Rate this:

2 points

There's a simple explanation:

Patterson is an intolerant and hateful idiot. That she seems unable to distinguish between criticizing someone who happens to be Jewish, and criticizing them specifically because they are Jewish, either shows that she is stupid, or disingenuous.

How on earth do these people get jobs at leading newspapers? And wasn't the Independent the delightful publication in which a columnist wrote that he didn't read letters from people with Jewish sounding surnames?

What a bunch of charmers.


mattpryor

Thu, 12/23/2010 - 18:47

Rate this:

2 points

The Independent - home of Robert Fisk! What more needs to be said?


Armchair Quarterback

Thu, 12/23/2010 - 19:42

Rate this:

-2 points

I am glad my wisteria doesn't grow as fast as this hysteria.

Who is Robyn Rosen ?

The Independent....home of Howard Jacobson. Need I say more ?


jose (not verified)

Thu, 12/23/2010 - 19:50

Rate this:

2 points

The Independent....home of Howard Jacobson. Need I say more ?

In fact, you didn't need to say anything at all, let alone more.


jose (not verified)

Thu, 12/23/2010 - 20:11

Rate this:

2 points

By the way, anything to say on any interesting subject, such as the racist rants of Christina Patterson?


Yoni1

Thu, 12/23/2010 - 20:57

Rate this:

2 points

"This sweeping statement shows just how out-of-touch Mr Walters is with the extent of intolerance in this country"

He is a filthy, dumb f*wit: nobody writing for his filthy racist rag can be racist? Really? Nobody who writes poetry can be racist? Really.


Yoni1

Thu, 12/23/2010 - 20:58

Rate this:

2 points

"How on earth do these people get jobs at leading newspapers?"

Err ... it isn't. It's a pathetic yellow rag which is a hotbed of antisemitism.

It's the home of Fisk, for crying out loud.


Jonathan Hoffman

Thu, 12/23/2010 - 21:20

Rate this:

1 point

http://www.thejc.com/blogpost/richard-ingrams-vile-man

Amber 17:34 - It was Richard Ingrams and it was the Guardian.

There have been plenty of vile things in the Indy though.


amber

Thu, 12/23/2010 - 23:20

Rate this:

1 point

Thanks Jonathan - those two "newspapers" are much the same in their relentless hatred.

armchair, I would argue that the damage done by Fisk's lies and distortions are greater than Jacobson's voice of reason. And let's not forget the vile Patterson.


Joe Millis

Fri, 12/24/2010 - 00:43

Rate this:

-1 points

Hoffman, 20:20, it was in the Observer, when it wasn't GNM owned. But Patterson is a guttersnipe


jose (not verified)

Fri, 12/24/2010 - 07:12

Rate this:

1 point

But Patterson is a guttersnipe

You see Millis, when you try very hard, you can make intelligent comments!


Jonathan Hoffman

Fri, 12/24/2010 - 07:53

Rate this:

1 point

yes: Observer


richmillett

Fri, 12/24/2010 - 18:48

Rate this:

1 point

Not quite sure i'm believeing this; comments on Walters' article left up on The Telegraph's website:

Don't forget what else the jews did. 9/11 and Israel

'Victimhood status should never confer an automatic exemption from criticism.' Right on the money !

The Jews running the Wiesenthal Center aren't even Semites themselves. They are converted Khazars and Ashkenazis. They are no more Semitic for speaking Hebrew than my high school French makes me a Parisian.

And they are only the first three!

Has this site been taken over by MPAC???


jose (not verified)

Fri, 12/24/2010 - 19:05

Rate this:

1 point

Rich, don't even mention the David Duke supporters...

He who sleeps with dogs gets up with fleas.

The fleas are there all right.


Jonathan Hoffman

Fri, 12/24/2010 - 20:59

Rate this:

1 point

If a Jew flags it as offensive they might take it down.

But since when is it right for the victims of racism to be expected to police it?

Shame on the Telegraph!


jose (not verified)

Sat, 12/25/2010 - 06:36

Rate this:

1 point

But since when is it right for the victims of racism to be expected to police it?

Since the double standards on the other side prevents anyone to see racism when they see it. Since antisemitism has been renamed anti-Zionism.

POST A COMMENT

You must be logged in to post a comment.

ROBYN ROSEN ON TWITTER

    LATEST COMMENTS