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Sunday, February 29, 2004

More leftist antisemitism

Shark Blog's got it
Ian McCartney, the chairman of Britain's Labour Party, last night described a Jewish leader of the opposition Conservative Party as a "Fagin."
This 21st century Fagin will pick the pockets of Scotland's pensioners by abolishing the pension credit and then plan for a new generation of poor pensioners by abolishing the second state pension.
McCartney claimed the comment wasn't intended to be anti-Semitic. Perhaps not. And here is how Charles Dickens described the character "Fagin the Jew" in Chapter 9 of Oliver Twist:
the Jew stepped gently to the door: which he fastened. He then drew forth: as it seemed to Oliver, from some trap in the floor: a small box, which he placed carefully on the table. His eyes glistened as he raised the lid, and looked in. Dragging an old chair to the table, he sat down; and took from it a magnificent gold watch, sparkling with jewels.

'Aha!' said the Jew, shrugging up his shoulders, and distorting every feature with a hideous grin.
Presumably Dickens didn't intend that to be anti-Semitic either.
Shark Blog has more, like the popularity of the "S-word" in Western Africa, and a Swedish technology company supplying nuclear capabilities to Syria. You'll love it.