Christina Patterson's unrelenting bigotry


By Stephen Pollard
July 28, 2010
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There's not much that shocks me when it comes to op-ed pieces. I read the Grauniad and it's water off a duck's back. I even read Fisk and just yawn. But today's piece by Christina Patterson in the Independent...bloody hell. I honestly can't recall ever reading before such pure, unrelenting unadulterated anti-Jewish bigotry in a national newspaper.

Let me direct you to Miriam Shaviv's post, which puts it in its proper place. 

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Anonymous

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 16:03

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Yvetta

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 16:11

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Er - well - um - like the curate's egg, the article's good in parts. The bit about that rusty knife and what it's used for, for instance. ;~/


mattpryor

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 16:13

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Do you think Christina Patterson and Chris Patten might be one and the same?!


Joshua18

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 16:46

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Israelis are "violent racist thugs" says Christina Patterson:

"Just imagine that you're the chief executive of BP, or the spokesman for the Israeli government, or the new Chief Secretary to the Treasury, and you can only feel a rush of relief. One minute you're having breakfast with your family and the next you're having to send out Dad's Army-type "don't panic" messages about the biggest leak in world history, or pretend that the actions of violent racist thugs against peaceful protesters are a move towards peace in the Middle East"

http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/christina-patterson/ch...

However, she finds Syria really cool:

Ode to Damascus: The Syrian capital reveals its secrets

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/middle-east/ode-to-damascus-the-syri...


Jonathan Hoffman

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 20:54

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"Dear Jonathan Hoffman
(Some of us still believe in courtesy even if others don't.) Thank you for your interesting email. If you don't know how Hasidic Jewish people dress, then I suggest you make a little outing to Stamford Hill. They are usually quite easy to distinguish from the rest of the population because of their rather idiosyncratic clothes. Unless all of the people I mention (who I encountered in the past few weeks) were in fancy dress, I think it's probably safe to assume that they were Hasidic Jews. I couldn't care less about their religious beliefs, but I am getting a little weary of their bad manners. Clearly, from the flood of emails I've had today (from current and former residents of Stamford Hill, some of them Jewish) many others agree with me.

Are you implying that I'm lying? That would be an extremly impolite thing to do..."


mattpryor

Thu, 07/29/2010 - 10:54

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I didn't get a reply Jonathan.

I had a think about why I was so offended by her article, and it's this: In this PC culture if anyone were to say anything similar publicly about any other group of people they would be slammed as a racist and a bigot and their career would be over.

But NOT, it seems, if one is talking about Jews.

A dangerous trend that should quite rightly be challenged.


Jonathan Hoffman

Thu, 07/29/2010 - 12:07

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Me:

"....their rather idiosyncratic clothes"

You think you're so 'liberal' but you make judgments about people's clothes!

What a fraud you are - you and the Indie deserve each other.........

Her:

Gosh, well it's clear that nobody ever taught you any manners either...


Joshua18

Thu, 07/29/2010 - 19:16

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On the other hand, perhaps you should put your own house in order before complaining about journalists at the Independent. Of the last nine posts at the JC's "Your blogs" seven would do credit to a Hamas ministry of propaganda or even Neil Clark.


Jonathan Hoffman

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 11:51

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Yoni1

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 13:59

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"Of the last nine posts at the JC's "Your blogs" seven would do credit to a Hamas ministry of propaganda"

Only in the eyes of people like you, who will always believe the worst of Jews or Israel. And we know what these people are called.


Yoni1

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 14:01

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It's not a PC culture, Matt. That may have been a true description 10 years ago. Now, it's simply a culture of quite explicit antisemitism at the highest levels of Britain's so-called educated classes.

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