What makes the story behind this piece even more staggering is the fact that it was published in a newspaper whose record of dishonest and blatantly antisemitic coverage of Israel's recent conflicts is so vile and so legendary that it gives our local equivalent the appearance of a high society gossip column comparison.
"And Israel? Well, speaking on BBC television at the height of the fighting, Richard Kemp, former commander of British Troops in Afghanistan and a senior military adviser to the British government, said the following: “I don’t think there has ever been a time in the history of warfare where any army has made more efforts to reduce civilian casualties and deaths of civilians than the IDF (Israeli Defence Forces) is doing today in Gaza.” A judgement I can no more corroborate than those who think very differently can disprove.
"Right or wrong, it was a contribution to the argument from someone who is more informed on military matters than most of us, but did it make a blind bit of difference to the tone of popular execration? It did not. When it comes to Israel we hear no good, see no good, speak no good. We turn our backsides to what we do not want to know about and bury it in distaste, like our own ordure. We did it and go on doing it with all official contestation of the mortality figures provided by Hamas. We do it with Hamas’s own private executions and their policy of deploying human shields. We do it with the sotto voce admission by the UN that “a clerical error” caused it to mis-describe the bombing of that UN school which at the time was all the proof we needed of Israel’s savagery. It now turns out that Israel did not bomb the school at all. But there’s no emotional mileage in a correction. The libel sticks, the retraction goes unnoticed.
"But I am not allowed to ascribe any of this to anti-Semitism. It is criticism of Israel, pure and simple."
Well, not really just "criticism" of Israel as Jacobson explains in his article. Please read this magnificent deconstruction of Jew bashing trendies carried out with the deft skill of a master surgeon.
And the work could not have appeared in a more appropriate place.