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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! “What do you think of when you hear the word ‘Jew’?”, David Baddiel challenged viewers at the start of his documentary Jews Don’t Count. Before you could check in with yourself, he added: “Let’s ask some Jews.”There followed a succession of Jewish celebrities (including Stephen Fry, novelist Howard Jacobson, Friends star David Schwimmer, American comedian Sarah Silverman and Countdown’s Rachel Riley) airing some enduring anti-Jewish sentiments.“We run Hollywood, we control the banks and we’re looking to take over the world,” said Schwimmer. “Big nose… money,” said Silverman. “We’re arrogant but servile,” chimed in Jacobson, while Riley summarised that “whatever you hate, you can pin it on the Jews”.“So why, in a moment of extreme sensitivity towards minorities and offence,” asked Baddiel, “do these ancient negative stereotypes persist?”The bones of his programme were a sort of TED talk, with Baddiel filmed in stylish monochrome. Behind him, the film’s starkly provocative title was emblazoned in enormous black letters, like a Katharine Hamnett T-shirt slogan from the 80s (although I wouldn’t advise walking around with “JEWS DON’T COUNT” across your chest).David Baddiel and Neil Gaiman (Photo: Channel 4)Baddiel’s 2021 book of the same name was written with a progressive British audience in mind – the type of liberal who might take the knee but not count Jews in what he called “the sacred circle of the oppressed”. His arguments also struck a chord in America, where Whoopi Goldberg could go on television to claim that “the Holocaust wasn’t about race”.Goldberg’s remark penned Jews as a religious group rather than a race (try and argue your way out of Auschwitz by claiming to be non-observant, as Baddiel remarked), while the Holocaust was apparently about white-on-white oppression.Baddiel chatted with his niece, who is of both African and Jewish heritage, and who said: “I can’t hide the fact that I’m black, but my dad can hide the fact that he’s Jewish.” But assimilation can only go so far, Baddiel argued, citing centuries of exile and persecution leading to generational trauma and insecurity.
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.”Baddiel’s central argument was cogently delivered and not without humour (he ruefully said how he was looking forward to reading his Twitter feed after the broadcast), while the film worked best when he was being challenged. On the vexed question of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, the presenter claimed that, as a British Jew, he feels no affinity with Israel. As Fry said: “I don’t expect my fellow Brits to apologise for Putin because they’re Caucasian.”Related StoriesDavid Baddiel: 'People think Jews are powerful. I think the opposite'18 November, 2022Miriam Margolyes dissented, stating that “Israel is the problem”. She was in characteristic outrageous form, earlier espousing the looks of a certain Jewish paedophile (“If I was straight, I would go for Jeffrey Epstein”).Baddiel also confronted his own notorious blackface impersonation of the former Nottingham Forest player Jason Lee, in Fantasy Football League. It was an awkward encounter, with Lee asking why it had taken 25 years “to have this conversation man to man”, before a moving discussion on allyship.But the most sobering segment of this excellent and necessary documentary involved Baddiel visiting a Jewish primary school. At one point he was banished to a corridor as the children rehearsed a secret security drill in case of an armed attack.The sense you had was of an American school in fear of school shootings – but this was in London. Every Jewish school in the UK apparently has such practice drills.
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