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John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY NATALIE NOUGAYREDE IN THE GUARDIAN

To fight European antisemitism, we must first face up to it
The attacks following Trump’s Jerusalem decision are a wake-up call – this prejudice has not gone away

“To fight European antisemitism, we must first face up to it”

I believe, Ms. Nougayrède, in logic this is called begging the question.

If you want to make such assertions, the burden of proof is on the writer, and the proof must be viable to readers.

But you prove no such thing.

Truly, for those not dedicated to the concept of endlessly repeating the mantra of anti-Semitism, yours is a meaningless statement.

May I point out that it keeps being repeated, each time with no more proof than this, by a number of columnists in The Guardian?

One can only guess at the purpose of this.

Keep promoting guilt about what someone else did 75 years ago?

Keep providing an excuse for what all thoughtful people can plainly see is unacceptable behavior by Israel?

Absent these, I do not see the point.

We don’t ask ourselves or others a comparable question regularly for Islamophobia or dislike of black people or dislike of Polish people, do we?

And, indeed, today the question that might be truly pertinent concerns prejudice against Russians or Iranians.

We in fact have the latter in our newspapers daily.

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