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The JC Leader - Just another week

Many forms of racial and religious prejudice are being successfully removed from daily discourse in Britain. But one significant exception remains...

    Clockwise from centre: Grenfell fire, US embassy chants, ‘final solution’, swastikas on show and dancing rabbis
    Clockwise from centre: Grenfell fire, US embassy chants, ‘final solution’, swastikas on show and dancing rabbis

    This week we celebrate Chanukah.   The festival that remembers Jewish resistance against oppression is now almost mainstream.

    Party leaders vie to record the best Chanukah message and newspapers publish recipes for the best latkes. This is rightly a source of comfort and pride. Jews and our customs are part of the fabric of British life.

    But at the same time, there is another story to Jewish life in Britain. This same week — as last week, as the week before that, and doubtless as next week — there has been a steady stream of stories of blatant and unashamed antisemitism, from mock-ups of “dancing Jews” and references to a Final Solution for Israel, to libels about Jews setting Grenfell Tower alight and chanting of Jew-hate outside the US Embassy.

    In isolation, none of these are especially earth-shattering, which doubtless explains why they have received negligible media coverage. But week in, week out, the flow of such examples of public and shameless antisemitism is incessant and few of them receive much attention beyond newspapers like the JC.

    A sort of “antisemitism fatigue” is at work. Such is the regularity of these stories that many news organisations have lost interest. Perhaps this is understandable — even at the JC there is a weariness at the thought of having to report ever more examples. Understandable, but wrong. We should never lose sight of what underlies all of this — hatred of Jews, which is becoming ever more open.

    That is why we have put all of this week’s stories — none of which, on their own, would merit such treatment — on the front page.

    Because the sum of the individual parts demands that attention is paid.

Leaders

Yom Hashoah and the London Marathon

The JC Leader

Fri, 15:46

Yom Hashoah and the London Marathon
UK News

Abbott apologises to Jewish MP for debate 'snub'

Lee Harpin

Thu, 19:30

Abbott apologises to Jewish MP for debate 'snub'
UK News

Jewish women ‘stand shoulder to shoulder’ with Muslim women over abuse

Ben Weich

Thu, 08:36

Jewish women ‘stand shoulder to shoulder’ with Muslim women over abuse
UK News

Lord Sacks 'ashamed' of Jew-hate in Britain

Marcus Dysch

Fri, 11:11

Lord Sacks 'ashamed' of Jew-hate in Britain
News Features

The race row played out on streets of Ilford

John Ware

Thu, 16:06

The race row played out on streets of Ilford
UK News

Charedi rabbi defends Diane Abbott

Rosa Doherty

Wed, 13:19

Charedi rabbi defends Diane Abbott
World

Is Natalie Portman boycotting Israel?

Daniel Sugarman

Fri, 08:59

Is Natalie Portman boycotting Israel?
Leaders

Corbyn meeting will be defining moment

The JC Leader

Thu, 12:19

Corbyn meeting will be defining moment
Education news

Lords backs Ofsted on LGBT education

Simon Rocker

Wed, 11:50

Lords backs Ofsted on LGBT education