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Jews Don't Count Reviews

Jews Don't Count by David Baddiel

Jews Don't Count

David Baddiel

3.63 out of 5

4 reviews

Imprint: TLS Books
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 4 Feb 2021
ISBN: 9780008399474
3 stars out of 5
11 Apr 2021

"it is clear, and furious: a book that people who would never consider buying a book on anti-Semitism might read"

I wondered, reading it again, if he has swapped the jeopardy of comedy for the jeopardy of public Jewishness, and, if so, it is more courageous, and worthy. Jews Don’t Count is narrow in scope — it is largely set on Twitter, so it has to be — but it is clear, and furious: a book that people who would never consider buying a book on anti-Semitism might read. That is both welcome and dismal.

Reviews

4 stars out of 5
Zoe Strimpel
27 Feb 2021

"In his perceptive polemic Jews Don't Count, comedian David Baddiel points out society's double standards over anti-Semitism"

One of the main components of the age-old system of deranged morality that produces anti-Semitism is the blood libel. In comparing Palestinians to “starving children in Burkina Faso”, Baddiel – no doubt unconsciously – is echoing a version of that falsehood. Baddiel therefore exhibits a confounding, ironic blind spot of his own, which darkens this otherwise perceptive polemic. Yet, even so, Baddiel’s book ought to be read and enjoyed for its elegance and authority, and most of all for the expertly marshalled panoply of examples that have the power to expose, and perhaps even to persuade, those who think Jews don’t count.

4 stars out of 5
Dominic Lawson
7 Feb 2021

"a furious look at antisemitism"

What follows is a convincing and even devastating charge sheet, in which various left-identifying politicians, actors and writers are shown to have said things about Jews that, if they had made similar generalisations about any other minority group, would have ended their careers on the spot. Sometimes they use imagery, reproduced here, such as the “actor and activist” John Cusack retweeting a picture of a fat hand emblazoned with the Star of David, crushing a crowd of impoverished-looking folk, accompanied by the quote “To learn whorules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticise".

3 stars out of 5
Stephen Bush
5 Feb 2021

"The comedian’s lively polemic against the left’s blind spot for antisemitism is fundamentally flawed"

Baddiel’s failure to understand that is the failure that runs through this book. He is so concerned with asserting his own lack of privilege that he forgets his obligations to others: not least to talk and to listen to them. His book’s thesis is twofold: that “progressives” turn a blind eye to and dabble in just one form of racism, and that the experiences he grapples with would not occur if he were black, Asian or from another ethnic minority. It’s an argument that would struggle to survive a conversation with more than three people from any other minority.