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Sunday, August 01, 2010

Israeli President should check his sources

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Fury as Israel president claims English are 'anti-semitic' - Telegraph

The saying "An anti-Semite is someone who hates the Jews more than is necessary" originates not in England but from Joseph Eötvösz, a Hungarian nobleman in 1920.

Most recently repeated as a joke by the pro-Palestinian Jewish conductor, Daniel Barenboim in an FT interview in 2009.

I am English and never heard the phrase.

1 comment:

The_Editrix said...

I am German and I have heard the phrase frequently. Here they say it comes from America, which I always found largely unlikely, because it's witty. So thanks for providing the source. However, as an Englishman I wouldn't worry so much about the provenance of an obscure saying, but about the fact that the essence of what Peres said is true, namely: "They always worked against us."

Barenboim is hardly somebody to quote in any ethical -- delete the "ethical" -- context. If I recall that he had a secondary family in Paris while his wife was dying a long dead in London, I feel like throwing up. No wonder that somebody like that has more than one ethical hang-up.

And anybody who says that the Germans have come to terms with their past needs his head examined. And his heart, although I doubt that the maestro has got one.