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What Julie Burchill's ex-husband thinks of her new memoir

A review of Unchosen: The Memoirs of a Philo-Semite, by Julie Burchill. You can sum up this memoir in a sentence: Jews are smarter than the rest of the world, so suck it up gentile losers!

8 November 2014

9:00 AM

8 November 2014

9:00 AM

Unchosen: The Memoirs of a Philo-Semite Julie Burchill

Unbound, pp.229, £14.99, ISBN: 9781908717962

Unchosen is the journalist Julie Burchill’s account of how she — a bright and bratty working-class girl from Bristol — fell in love with the Jewish race. It’s an exhilarating and exasperating mix of the utterly brilliant and the totally bonkers.

Poor Julie — she thought that her teenage dream of marrying a Jewish man had come true when she married me back in the 1980s. Yes, she got her Jew, but the -ish bit was missing. My family and I earn a chapter in her book called ‘Meet the Perverts’ and all I can say is: Oy vey! You think you’re a smart and funny man to be married to — and then you read an ex-wife’s memoir and you wonder: was I that boring?

Today Julie describes her self as a philo-Semite — that is, an admirer or lover of the Jews. But as her book makes clear, there are plenty of Jews Julie doesn’t love: me, David Baddiel, the journalist Anne Karpf, the actress Miriam Margolyes, her local lesbian rabbi, Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah and millions of Jews around the world who have ever criticised Israel. Her love is blind, deaf and dumb to such an obvious contradiction.

When I was married to Julie she was not only a philo-Semite but a Stalinist who regarded the working-class as the chosen people. Nowadays she’s a Stalinist philo-Semite; anyone who doesn’t toe the party line of uncritical support for Israel is branded a ‘self-loathing Jew’.


Julie’s love affair with Judaism began as a teenager in Bristol when she discovered the horrors of the Holocaust. (Funny; the horrors of Stalinism never bothered her.) So why does she love Jews? She says it’s not for the usual cute reasons: the humour, the food, the feeling for family etc. No, Julie loves the hard stuff: religion, Israel and Zionism.

But most of all she loves those big Jewish brains. Time and time again, she argues that anti-Semitism, criticism of Israel, war in the Middle East, you name it, are all rooted in one simple fact: the Jews are so much smarter than everyone on the planet. And this produces Jew-envy on a global scale.

One of the admirable things about her book is that she comes out and says what so many other pro-Jewish historians — like Paul Johnson and Simon Schama — only hint at deep in the subtext of their works. They would never be so intellectually crass as actually to say that the Jews are superior to anyone else. Julie, on the other hand, is happy to shout it out from the synagogue rooftop: the Jews are smarter, more successful and better than the rest of you lot, so suck it up, gentile losers!

Plenty of Jews will be embarrassed (or overjoyed) by her boasts. And many Muslims and die-hard multiculturalists will be deeply offended by what they would see as her ‘Islamaphobia’ and ‘racism’. But then Julie is a writer uninterested in fair play or the judicious consideration of evidence to support an argument. She is a pugilistic polemicist who, I suspect, thinks nuance is a fragrance for intellectual sissies. It’s what makes her such a great read — and, at times, so mind-bogglingly unreasonable.

But you can’t simply dismiss Julie as a Zionist nutjob — despite the fact that numerous times in her book she practically comes out and says: ‘I’m a Zionist nutjob, so sue me!’ She has some fair points about how white liberal leftists have turned a blind eye to the sexism, homophobia and violence of Islam in the name of multicultural tolerance. And let’s give her credit: Julie was making these points back in the 1980s, when it was a brave thing to do.

The book has some terribly dull passages, as when she recounts in drab and repetitive detail the tale of how Julie and Best Mate fly to Israel and spend all their time getting pissed. And the complete history of Julie Burchill’s masturbatory practices from 1972 to around 1976 might be a case of a little too much information, thank you.

But Unchosen is such a funny read that its sins can be forgiven. The hilarious story of her S&M affair as a teenager with a fellow NME journalist and ‘Jew’ Mick Farren has a brilliant pay-off that I won’t spoil for you. And her exchange of bitchy emails with the Sunday Times columnist India Knight is worth the price of the book on its own.

Stalinist, Champion of the Working Class, Punk, Feminist, Zionist — Julie can’t live without a big brave cause to fight for. Unchosen says little about the Jews and a lot about Julie. One thing this memoir makes clear is that Julie can’t stop being Julie — a hedonistic, working-class girl and gifted writer who loves a piss-up and a verbal punch-up. Let’s hope that she never changes.

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  • the Julies are the little balance we have in an oh-so-hateful world. the anti-Semites and anti-Zionist camps have so many more worse than Julie and so – here’s to Julie!

    • cityca

      Hear, hear!

    • Samson

      There is no balance in mimicking the hatreds and prejudices of anti-Semitism. Paying critical attention to something or someone is a good thing. You can be the most passionate Zionist and still acknowledge the fact that Israel, or more precisely the political elite of Israel have made mistakes. A fundamentalist belief in every word and every action of any politician is lunacy, labeling people self-hating Jews because they apply critical thought to those politicians is a tragedy.

      • I don’t think my belief is fundamentalist but quite empirical including the two years I lived in London (“Christ-killer” the occupants yelled at me, admittedly on the South Bank). Yes, Israel makes mistakes (we are human after all) but there are passionate Zionists who are so passionate in their Zionism that they wish Israel to be ‘in their image’ – liberal, progressive, yielding, etc. but they don’t live in that world in their business dealing or academic promotions or professional advancement but what Israel’s popualtion, all of it, to yet again go done the path we’ve tried since, well, 1922 – yield up territory and we’ll be alright. That is a fundamental error (rhymes, oddly, with terror).

        • Samson

          What on earth are you saying? I know anti-Semitism exists and I utterly despise it. It doesn’t surprise me that you’ve witnessed or experienced it yourself, because it is rife. Pointless as it may be, I apologize for my countrymen who yelled at you in London.

          The point I was making is simply that becoming hateful towards Jewish people, or any people, for disagreeing in any way whatsoever with the political elite of Israel, is tragic. If people labelled me a self-hating Englishman because I disagreed with David Cameron, then I would consider their position tragic. I’m not arguing for some shadowy liberal agenda, I don’t want Israel to yield up territory or anything else. I just don’t see balance in throwing out insults like ‘self-hating Jew’. If you do see balance in calling people that, then that’s fine – I don’t think it’s reasonable of you to suggest I’m an anti-Semitism denier, but whatever. The fact is people should be free to criticize politics in a constructive manner, without fear of being accused of betraying one’s heritage – anything else is political fundamentalism.

          Maybe I’m wrong, though; maybe the adoption of hatred and prejudice brings balance to the world; maybe every Jewish guy or woman who disagrees with anything Israel does is a secret liberal anti-Semite in disguise and it’s right for ‘Stalinist’ writers to hate them. I just seriously doubt it. If you’re a fan of ‘Stalinist’ writers then that’s your business. Best of luck to you, mate.

          • Swanky

            What on earth is he saying? Slow down, read, think about it. It’s not esoteric, son.

          • Kennybhoy

            You were doing fine until that last paragraph…

        • Swanky

          You’re not allowed to make mistakes, any more than America is. You’re better than everyone else but that’s not good enough: you have to be GODLY. Does it make sense? Of course not. Humans are the nastiest race of chimps, sometimes.

          • Damaris Tighe

            Psychoanalyst Melanie Klein theorised that some people’s development is arrested in a childish love/hate, idealise/demonise position. When their idols don’t live up to the pedestal they’ve place them on, in their disappointment they turn nasty & hate/demonise.

            I think this explains the extraordinary attitudes towards the Jews & Israel we see nowadays. Expected to live up to impossible standards & not allowed to be ordinary, with all the failings of ordinary people & nations, then demonised when they fall short.

          • Swanky

            The attitudes to them are certainly irrational. But I’m not sure that the Arabs had any standards to begin with in this respect: quite the contrary, they hate whatever makes them feel inferior.

          • Damaris Tighe

            That’s because they lack the critical, self-questioning character of western culture. Also of Jewish culture. I always think of the rabbi in Fiddler on the Roof who, when asked a question, said “on the one hand … on the other hand”. This went on ad infinitum!

          • Swanky

            Yes, I think you’re right.

          • adamber

            I think we’ve reached a stage where they are demonised when they don’t fall short.

          • Bonkim

            How true! Not sure about God though.

          • Swanky

            I mean semi-divine in perfection, always knowing what has to be done at the right time and having access to knowledge that humans alone can’t possibly have.

          • Bonkim

            You can aim but never achieve that but then again if you don’t dream how will you make your dreams come true? Am I allowed to say you come out as a brainy lass.

          • Swanky

            Am I deceived, or have you just complimented me? If so, thanks. My own dreams don’t really come true but instead sort of lead me along in a compromised way.

          • Bonkim

            I think you are Swell! Also intelligent not just a pretty face. Make the most of what you have – life could be a lot worse. It is for most.

          • Swanky

            Gee, thanks! And I agree about making the best of things.

          • Bonkim

            That’s the spirit!

          • global city

            The God thing always gets in the way of a proper analysis of what constitutes a superior culture…and what makes others truly shite.

            http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/danusha-v-goska/ten-reasons-why-i-am-no-longer-a-leftist/

          • Bonkim

            The day of the Shite will be here soon – so prepare yourself.

          • global city

            I agree. I hate arguing.

        • Bonkim

          Doubt if the British people worry all that much who killed Christ – given that Jesus himself was a Jew. And how did the people who hurled insults at you know you were Jewish?

          Yielding territory – land does not belong to anyone but the one on it and defending his presence. If you go back just a few decades there were not many nation-states and history is written by people gaining territory by wars, invasions, emigration, colonization, and simply multiplying themselves and eliminating minorities. So if Israel got itself territory because the prevailing circumstances and defending that – O.K but don’t expect the displaced people not to wish your death. That is not anti-semitic – simly a wish to get rid of your oppressor and one day they might well succeed.

          In the mean time terrorizing the Arabs in refugee enclaves will not gain many credits for Israel despite no one prepared to start a war to help the Palestinians who are behaving like idiots instead of building up their strength and political credits to gain support..

          • Bumble Bee

            ‘terrorising the Arabs’

            HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA

            are you in a coma?

          • Bonkim

            If you bomb children and women that is terrorizing.

          • gerronwithit

            So you hate Hamas?

          • Bonkim

            Why should you hate or love Hamas or any other – bringing in personal bias destroys intelligent discussion. Hamas is a political movement and I suppose they have their rationale which you may not agree with. But bombing crowded locations where women and children can get killed is terror whoever commits it. For example the Mail Lai massacre or indiscriminate incendiary attacks by the US on Viet Namese villages were terrorist acts.

          • adamber

            No, intent is everything.

          • global city

            You know the names of those…and yet I bet you cannot name a single ‘Muslim’ atrocity…..this is for two main reason

            1. There are just so bloody many of them
            2. You’re not actually interested in them

          • Bonkim

            Wars involving Muslims are barbaric – their mindsets are dark-ages and their definition of atrocity quite different from post WW politically correct Western notions.

            Regrettably those considered animals behave like animals. That is the only way they can vent their frustration. They have seen polite discussion does not lead anywhere.

            True i am not interested on a personal plane – merely a spectator.

          • Fred Collier

            Actually, I think you will find that those who behave like animals are regarded as animals.

          • Bonkim

            Homo Sapiens belong to the Animal Kingdom.

          • Fred Collier

            And…?

          • Claire Finn

            “Hamas is a political movement and I suppose they have their rationale which you may not agree with”
            But the IDF have no rationale in defending the citizens of Israel from terror?

          • ElZeide

            Bonkin: Hamas is NOT a political movement. They are a gang a violent killers and anti semites.
            That you pretend they’re the finest people in the world only shows your complete bias in this subject.
            If you want to get killed, it’s OK, but let the rest of us (I mean the west) keep going on with our live. Insane crazy lefty

          • Bumble Bee

            If you launch rockets by the thousands, don’t; cry when bombs come back

            that’s STUPID, stupid.

          • Bonkim

            Yes you must be stupid – Israel is a first world military power and has the means to take out those that wish to harm them without indiscriminate air bombardment of crowded areas. They have a highly effective Patriot missile system to protect against the puny rockets that Hams threw at them.

          • adamber

            The missiles are not “puny”. Some of them are very powerful.
            Israel does not indiscriminately bomb.

          • Bonkim

            The Israeli special forces could have back-tracked through the tunnels with modern sensors and eliminated the sources.

          • jjjj

            Bonkim, you are really talking rubbish. The rockets did cause major suffering in Israel. People had their lives disrupted running for shelters and kids were traumatised. Would you yourself like to have lived under these ‘puny’ rockets? Perhaps you would have been one of those killed in Israel or your house destroyed by one of them. And what if the system had malfunctioned?

            Your position on the rockets is dictated by your pro-Hamas attitude. So much for intellectual honesty.

            And your comment about the tunnels is laughable. I suppose you think Israel didn’t lose enough soldiers in the tunnels as it is. You should stick to philosophy.

          • Bonkim

            A few casualties, much less trauma than the over 1000 women and children killed in Gaza. get real – Don’t expect Hamas to welcome Israelis to be their Buddies. It is a question of proportionality.

          • jjjj

            I just linked to what General Dempsey said about how Israel took care not to cause harm unnecessarily to civilians and this has also been said by Col Richard Kemp. Unlike you, Bonkim, these are guys who have actually faught in battle. Everyone who is objective knows that Hamas put its own people in the line of fire because for Arabs there is no concept of human life as there is in the West. See ISIS, Egypt gassing people in Yemen in ’66, Assad, Saddam etc. etc. Religion of Peace my a**e.

          • Bonkim

            i am sure General Dempsey will be thrilled to get your invite to act as arbitrator in our friendly match.

            ISIS, Assad, Egypt, Yemen, all interesting locations to visit next summer once they have eliminated each other.

            Have a rest. israel is militarily strong and has a capable military and clever intelligence to safeguard their land and people from Hamas or any others that wish them harm. Doubt if Nethanyahu will ask for our expert advice in devising his 2015 political strategy for Gaza and Palestine.

            Have a rest.

          • adamber

            And who’s to blame? Who started hostilities? Hamas. Hamas completely understood what it was doing, firing from inside heavily populated areas. At what point, Bonkim, do the Palestinians take responsibility for anything they do?
            Their entire war was conducted for propaganda purposes for the consumption of people like you.

          • Bonkim

            For the consumption of their own people who have to bear the consequences. Hamas’ leader lives in Qatar and cannot be reached. But I don’t care one way or the other – hope they manage to eliminate each other – the earth is getting overpopulated.

          • adamber

            What a humanitarian you are – you hope they kill each other.
            Regarding overpopulation, perhaps we should start with you…

          • Venk

            Survival of the fittest

          • Guest

            of those rockets are so harmless, how come Palestinians DIE when they get misfired, or hit within Gaza?

            F*** the Palestinians, they get what they’re asking for!

          • adamber

            I love it, armchair military experts.
            And of course they didn’t do that, because they like attacking babies?

          • Bonkim

            You don’t worry too much about those that are bent on harming you.

          • jameslizard

            If an extremist group like Hamas was in Northern France threatening to destroy the UK and lobbing rockets into Kent, I wonder how many of the anti-Israelites would be saying “It’s fine! They’ve only killed a few people.”

          • Bumble Bee

            ‘Israel is a first world military power’

            it takes a real genius to attack a first world military power!!!

          • adamber

            If you target women and children, that is terrorism.
            Not the same.

          • Bonkim

            Shall we agree to call Israel’s action giving rise to huge collateral damage – totally unintended – only those idiots should not have been there.

          • jjjj
          • adamber

            The “collateral damage” wasn’t “huge” – any innocents killed is indeed tragic, but your sense of scale is faulty.
            Are you using Hamas’ figures? They have been shown to lie- after the last conflict, Hamas admitted after 6 months that the combatant/civilian ration was 1.1 – a better ration than any modern conflict you can name.
            Your alternative is for Israel to sit on its hands and just accept the rockets and terror tunnels under their communities, because reacting causes casualties.

          • Bonkim

            The Israeli government is not waiting for your or my advice.

          • adamber

            And that relates to my comment how?

          • Claire Finn

            “The Israeli government is not waiting for your or my advice”
            So why are you giving it, then?

          • Bonkim

            My Mum asked me not to respond to strange women asking silly questions.

          • victor67

            That’s being Israel’s policy since its birth. Resistance has always been met with massive and disproportionate force to teach the natives a lesson. The latest massacres in Gaza can be tracked back to other atrocities like Qibya.

          • jjjj

            I would rather remind people of the massacre by Arab savages (after they danced their debka) of the Jewish women and children of Hebron. Religion of Peace my a**e.

          • victor67

            Barach Goldstein another “moderate” resident of Hebron aided and abetted by the IDF.

          • jjjj

            Not aided and abetted at all. Only in your cave addled brain. One Goldstein, a million Muslims murdering and pillaging their way across Africa (Boko Haram), the Phillipines, Syria, Somalia, Kenya and let’s not forget the Left’s ally: ISIS.
            One Goldstein.

          • adamber

            You know Goldstein’s name because he is such an anomaly. Name one single Palestinian suicide bomber – you have hundreds to choose from.

          • adamber

            It’s not “resistance” – it is genocidal intent. Hamas makesits genocidal aims clear in its charter.

          • Guest

            i’d love to see a ‘proportionate’ war…..

            wouldn’t wars last indefinitely?
            somebody has to be stronger for a war to end, no Professor?

            arguments by braindead jew hating cretins

          • Venk

            No Half Measures!

          • Kennybhoy

            “Doubt if the British people worry all that much who killed Christ – given that Jesus himself was a Jew. And how did the people who hurled insults at you know you were Jewish?”

            Fair comment…

          • Linda Smith

            He was probably wearing a skull cap.

          • global city

            the refugee enclaves are a direct consequence of impossible to sate Jew hate in the Koran. Do you not understand that basic fact?

          • Bonkim

            I bet you will not look kindly on a foreign group occupying your home and land and chucking you out to a refugee camp – will wish them eliminated by any means. Gaza is a huge Refugee dump.

          • global city

            I like your contributions, Bonkim, they usually make you think…..but the skewered perspective when it comes to Jews, I mean, Israel, I mean Zionism make me angry.

            You are pissing about offering support to groups who would kill every Jew on Earth, so as I’ve said before, I take my support from that fundamental line. If the Jews win the battle for ‘Palestine’ then some people are displaced….however, if the Arabs/Muslims win the day all the Jews die.

          • Bonkim

            An extreme view and I bet many thinking Jews in Israel do not share that. But yes Israel has set itself on land taken from the local Arabs and don’t expect them to be happy about that. Equally that is the way nations have formed all through history – I am sure Israelis would find a way to come to some sort of agreement and make the necessary reparations to make a new start. Continuation of the conflict simply prolongs the situation and there is no certainty that the US will guarantee Israel’s future for ever or that those who wish harm to Israel will forever remain militarily weak and disorganised as of now or backward culturally and economically.

          • global city

            It is not an extreme view Bonkim. Everything, from the Hamas Charter to the Koran, via Egyptian telly will provide all the evidence you need to see that they underlying ’cause’ of the problem is that there are still Jews breathing.

            Actually. What I should have written is that it is indeed an extreme view, but it isn’t mine.
            You are asserting that there are solutions to the Arab Israeli conflict… the Arabs say you are wrong.

          • Bonkim

            The world is full of contradictions – as said I am just an informed observer and it makes no difference to me if Israel a nuke over Gaza and destroys the whole lot – a page from Assad’s book on Syria.

            Or conversely the Arabs gang up on Israel and make them emigrate to Michigan USA. The main point was – Israel is a strong military power in the region and intellectually well endowed. It is not beyond Israel’s intelligence and economic/military power to devise a negotiating strategy to win over evil Hamas and Fatah.

            Unlike you I have no particular affinity towards the Arabs/Palestinians or the Israelis. The subject under discussion was about how talented the Jews were – which indeed they are. Culturally the squabbling Arabs of the region are still living in the Middle-Ages and much of their problems are self-inflicted.

            Nature is harsh, not fair and the fit survive. there is no right and wrong in the race for survival – and I am sure the Israeli Government knows the capabilities, and limits of its military power and also its political strengths in influencing Israel’s friends and also deterring her enemies. Our discussion will not have one iota of influence on the prevailing situation and Israel’s or Hamas’ actions.

          • global city

            The fundamental flaw in your argument is that you are making it from a sophisticated, humane perspective, perhaps based on real politique, firmly rooted in the 21st C, where as the enemies of Israel are looking at the issue as dictated from their 6th C book and a millennium’s worth of seething blind hate.

            You may consider that the Koran was written a bit before the re-establishment of Israel.

            I have no axe to grind, it is just that I have settled on a position on an issue that is constantly debated and demands a position. All the holy stuff that the conflict is based on is of no interest to me. I have long supported the (theoretical) two state solution, but ultimately this would be undermined, not by the Jews, but by those whose holy book tells them that killing every Jew is a good thing.

            How do you get beyond that profoundly ugly point?

          • Bonkim

            The people facing each other will have to find their solution or face the consequences. Nothing we think or say from afar will make any difference.

            Politics have to be real and taking positions achieves little. The positions will change based on what some one is prepared to give and others prepared to take and the power balance. The ultimate test would not be what the parties gain but what they can afford to lose.

          • global city

            Islam will somehow have to undergo this long awaited reformation….. or secular military regimes will have to take over all surrounding countries, doing a deal with Israel but inflicting massive pain on their own people in the process.

            There’s two options, there may be more?

        • Oliver_C

          If you’re so bothered by being called a “Christ-killer”, why is Israel so keen to ally itself with far-right American fundamentalists who think the Jews are precisely that?

    • Dr. Heath

      Yes! The world does seem increasingly full of very nasty anti-Semites and they are, as you say, specimens of a deeply troubling sort of stomach-churning human nastiness and hypocrisy and gleeful cruelty. Most breathtaking is anti-Semites’ unbounded capacity for cretinism; if Jews controlled the entire world economy and banking system and if they did own trillions of pounds of money they’d stolen from [diddums] non-Jews, why did they end up confined to a tiny acreage in the Middle East surrounded by people who want to massacre them without mercy?

      [Julie is a very talented writer. As evidence, I would cite her short book on football and the life and career of David Beckham and his troubles with Celebritydom. I hate sports and I loathe football but the book was a belter. Superbly written and capable of seducing me into reading it in one go.]

    • John Morlar

      Perhaps she’s a double agent intent on normalising the concept of Jewish superiority in order that the working class masses (whom she still holds dear to her heart) become aware of Jewish power and influence and begin to ask the question that will eventually free them from their shackles: ‘Is what’s good for the Jews, good for the rest of us?’

      Nah, she’s probably just a Zionist nutjob.

      • MaSek12

        Or an A*se-licker?

      • Kennybhoy

        Back under yer rock cunnus!

    • Bonkim

      Not many anti-semites – anti-Zionism needs defining – if it is an ultra-nationalist concept and feels Israel can do what it like because it has might, then don’t expect the people of the world will consider that right – many Israelis don’t think Israel’s bombing of Palestinian neighbourhoods to take a few terrorists out just – and the reason that Palestinians and Hamas wish Israel to destroyed is simply reaction to the formation of Israel from Arab lands and making them refugees, and the continued usurping of occupied lands for new settlements.

      Any people that bring their God given right to displace others by brute force – now that is what Israel is perceived across the Globe – and the fact that Israel is strong militarily and has the support of the US and the west makes it that much worse for Israelis – and of course breeds anti-semitism. Israelis and world Jewry have forgotten their history of two Millennia of persecution in Christian lands and that they found security in many Islamic countries during the period, also coexisted in Palestine. Might might save Israel for the time being but in the long run it will come unstuck and find themselves friendless in a hostile region.

      • jjjj

        But you are wrong to say that there are not many anti-semites. There are many anti-Zionists who are not anti-semitic. However, The antisemitic movement is growing and their hatred against Jews is nothing to do with Zionism. But they use Zionism as code for Jews. Do Alan Soral and Dieudonne hate Jews because of Israel? No. But they hate Israel because Jews have a place to go to rather than stay and be murdered.

        The ‘people of the world’ (your expression) have not demonstrated against the downing of the Malaysian plane by Russian backed rebels nor are they demonstrating against Russian aggression in the Ukraine. They don’t demonstrate against Muslim on Muslim genocide. They won’t demonstrate against China if she decides to commit HR abuses…whoops, what about Tibet?? But one country is the target for deranged protests that descend, at times, into pogroms. Why is this so, I wonder? Is it because the Jews are in the West peaceable and the threat of them coming to slit your throat or blow up a bus or plane is remote?

        Who cares what Christian antisemites think when their icons are Judas, Shylock and (In England) Fagin.

        What is laughable about your post is that there are millions worldwide who do support Israel and they do so for religious reasons as well as others. So your point is doubly frit.

        As to Gaza and refugees. Once more, for the umpteenth time, let’s give you a history lesson: In November 1947 the UN voted to give the Jews a sliver of land where they were now in a large presence. So unlike what ignorant antisemites claim, they didn’t just land there on one day in November 1947. And the Palestinians split into two and a half camps: Those that remained in Israel and became citizens of the state and those that ran away because they were promised that the Arab states would give them the Yahood’s property after another Holocaust. The half refers to those who were banished by the Israelis in a cleansing operation.

        So Israel is not perfect and it is a country with warts and all. As a left winger when it comes to the settlements (and I have no truck with the Right wing religious movement in Israel) but by jove my patience is sorely tried when I hear and read the endless hypocritical moralising by those who come from nations who are not clean of sin themselves but they turn on the Jewish state in a deranged frenzy.

        • Bonkim

          Did I say that? there is a distinction between racists (anti-semites) and anti-Zionists – those against political Zionism that exists amongst Jewish people across the Globe – much like the distinction between people that have a prejudice against Muslims as followers of areligion/culture and those that detest political islam such as ISIS Caliphate or dogmatic Mullahs who preach hate and are working to have an earth populated by their kind of Muslims.

          You will find there are many sensibly people of the Jewish faith or non-religious Jews who don’t go with political Zionists that are bent on taking over Judea and Samaria and displace all the non-Jews therein. Jews can be as bigoted about their religion or nationalistic ideals as Hamas ir ISIS.

          I do agree that those that sinless should cast the first stone – regrettable we are all sinners and throwing stones only attract more stones – and I am sure there are many sensible and intelligent Jews in Israel as there were Germans in Germany but the bigots more often than not dominate politics.

          • jjjj

            I for one am against the settlements in the West Bank. As I am a non-believer I cannot relate to the religious arguments. But, there were many Jews (family history) who when faced with annihilation emigrated to Palestine from Europe. They had long left the religious world. However, for the antisemites in Europe they were of the race destined for death. And so they went to a country which would not have been their first choice. And yes, there was a population there, Arabs, that resented this influx of foreigners just as there were Arabs who did business with Jews and are now like many of their bretheren part of Israeli society.

            What I want to say is that so many people comment on I/P.. from both sides without knowing enough history. However, the vile Jew hatred is unforgivable and that’s why I will never go so far (as some Jews who in my opinion have lost their marbles) and call for policies that would leave the state indefensible.

          • Bonkim

            Two wrongs don’t make one right – Persecution in Europe does not give anyone right to taking Arab lands and making Arabs there into refugees. Arabs and Jews coexisted voluntarily in the past but asserting ones military superiority and making the hosts refugees destroyed that trust – and the result is what we are discussing.

            I doubt if your point about anti-Jewish racism is valid in today’s world – apart from a few bigots there is much more acceptance of diverse races, and faiths that it was a generation or two ago. Finally you are not suggesting that two Millennia of Christian persecution of Jews in Europe is atoned for by forceful occupation of Arab lands and making the Palestinian population into refugees.

            Forget about what others say – I am not taking sides – as said simply an uninvolved/hopefully unbiased spectator. I don’t believe one side are angels and the other devil incarnate – also history is made by situations such as that seen in Palestine. Survival of the fittest and all that.

          • jjjj

            The fatal flaw in your argument(?) is claiming that I believe that persecution in Europe gives the right to taking ‘Arab’ lands etc. Firstly, What ‘Arab’ lands? What a disgusting comment from you. Palestine was not ‘Arab’. And there never was an Arab state in ‘Palestine’. There are however many Arab lands where Jews lived and were expelled or murdered by the Arabs.

            And you are simply repeating the canard that the Jews are punishing the Arabs because of what Europeans did to them. I merely wrote what I did because so many think that the Jews just landed one day in Palestine, forgetting (or refusing to research) that Jews had an unbroken presence in Palestine and just as Arabs from the whole of the Middle East emigrated there in the 19th century, so did the Jews.

            Bonkim, I really expected better of you. But now I come to think of it, you are like a weather vane with your opinions. I think you are just here to wind people up. You aren’t an ‘uninvolved’ spectator, you clearly do take a position. It’s impossible debating with you because you faux naively take what I wrote out of context to suit your agenda. The refugee problem is a problem caused by both sides, not just Israel.

            And if you think that because 70 years have passed from the War and now the West can do what it does best, hypocritically moralise as to what the Jews must or must not do: Screw the lot of you. You still need more atoning to do. Solve the problems that you caused in Africa, Afghanistan and Iraq before lecturing the Israelis.

          • Bonkim

            You are getting carried away in your own maze. Now you are venturing into Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan. The Israelis (not Jews) are quite capable of making decisions without taking advice from this blog-site. So shall bring this to a close.

            The report and discussion was about how talented the Jews were – which indeed they are. Not about the Israeli/Gaza conflict or Jewish/Muslim relations or persecution of the Jews. All Jews on earth are not Israelis and Israel also has citizens having faiths other than Jewish – Best to say Good Night.

        • Damaris Tighe

          Well said.

          • jjjj

            Thank you. Bonkim thinks he can fool people here that he is ‘unbiased’.

          • Damaris Tighe

            Like so many people unfortunately, he has a total blind spot when it comes to I/P.

            I was struck by your comment that you are a left-winger when it comes to the settlements. I’ve often mused how while I’m right wing in Britain I move to the left re internal Israeli politics!

          • jjjj

            If by saying that he has a blind spot regarding I/P then perhaps I should moderate my view of him as malevolent. I agree that he is therefore just blinkered though that is bad enough…

            Yes, I’ve always opposed the settlements on the West Bank because they were a barrier to a peace agreement. The Palestinians are not going away and it is so counter-productive to have the settlements sticking out like a sore thumb. That is why I was in favour of Israeli withdrawal from Sinai too: Because it was in return for peace. Which is something Israel desperately wanted and sacrificed so much for. Not that the morons here will care to remember that Israel gave back every inch of Sinai. Not to mention other concessions in order to achieve peace with the ungrateful Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

            Yet, the more people become vicious in their attitude towards the Jews and towards Israel, out of all proportion to its deeds, and as the threats to Jews grow, I ask myself am I becoming a ‘useful idiot’ with my left wing views. One must be clever and not blindly ideological…If there is to be complete deligitimisation then I’ll change my views.

          • jjjj

            I’ve also become right wing in social affairs regarding the UK. It does seem the right moral stance to take. See Rod Liddle!

    • Hegelguy

      And yet intelligent Jews and Zionists like Chaim Weizmann, Abba Eban and any number of others who made Israel possible would loathe your kind.

    • Innit Bruv

      If an imbecile like Julie Burchill is the best the pro-Israel brigade can come up with they have a serious problem.

  • Janey Preger

    Here’s to Julie….our Young Byron…gifted, funny, generous, brave and brilliant

    • Samson

      She’s no Byron.

    • Realismista

      “Young Byron” – are you kidding? She’s more like a young VIZ character.

  • Coleridge1

    Julie is a star and the book is an absolute gem. Shame Cosmo could never produce anything so stimulating!!

  • edithgrove

    More dirty laundry washed in public. We have our own you know.

    • Swanky

      Yes, and I doubt that theirs is more colourful than ours ;^)

  • James Graham

    Such bitterness in this article. Funny how he claims supporters of Israel see every criticism as anti-semitism, yet the leftists and their Islamist political bedfellows never allow someone to be a supporter of Israel without accusations of being Nazis and fascists or just simple sneering like in this article.

    Perhaps Cosmo is more offended with the fact that he chose to ingratiate himself into the Guardian-reading chattering classes circles who have a penchant for high-brow anti-semitism, whilst his non-Jewish ex-wife is now more Jewish than him and is one of the few who won’t kowtow to the now trendy again anti-semitism spreading across Europe, peddled by leftists.

    • The Masked Marvel

      It’s an odd display of self-loathing, isn’t it?

    • GraveDave

      She was married to Tony Parsons. And she’s not as nice as you think.

      • nibbledipoe

        Well, her perspective was tainted by the mass murders carried out by Irish terrorists in the 70s, 80 and 90s.

        • Paddy Kilshamus

          I had an uncle who was Irish but he hated the Irish nationalists and the Celtic revival crowd. The Irish were considered the n-words of Europe and they suffered a massive ethnic cleansing, a famine, demonization and discrimination and were sold as indentured servants to the Virginia colonies. You wouldn’t know it because they don’t keep rubbing old wounds and opening them up to bleed before a pitying world who look on with a strange mix of pity and revulsion and perhaps a sneaking suspicion that their tears are watering a cankered rose. My uncle was a self hating paddy because he could see the danger in identity politics, the isolation and self-exaltation of a racial group. I wonder how he could look at himself in the mirror and shave, that self-hating paddy? Come, he would say to people of another race, let us compare our wounds.

          • Kennybhoy

            I don’t quite know what to make of this post Maister K?

            “I had an uncle who was Irish but he hated the Irish nationalists and the Celtic revival crowd.”

            Aye. Me and mine too. Sound man…

            ” The Irish were considered the n-words of Europe…”

            The English speaking world aye. I was once referred to as a “white nigger” by a particulary thick and wicked Ascendantist back in the day. Not sure about Europe…

            “You wouldn’t know it because they don’t keep rubbing old wounds and opening them up to bleed…”

            lol

            “My uncle was a self hating paddy because… I wonder how he could look at himself in the mirror and shave, that self-hating paddy?”

            Sound man your uncle. The particular term of opprobrium for the likes of us is “Uncle Tims”! lol

            “Come… let us compare our wounds.”

            I once heard this expression used by an old friend, God be good to him. He was a rabbi, a survivor of the Shoah…

          • Paddy Kilshamus

            Make of it what you will.

        • GraveDave

          So that makes it all right? I lived in Acton back then and knew loads of Irish, especially Catholics from Belfast (they worked in many of the pubs, just as the Poles today) and many were my neighbours and they hated the terrorists on both sides. Though I dont doubt there were pockets of terrorist cells here too – as we saw with the Ealing bombings. But many of these Northern Irish were decent and hard working people who came here as much for the peace as for the work.
          Salt of the earth.

        • Kennybhoy

          Mass murders carried out by Revisionst Zionists in the 30s and 40s of the last century are okay though…?

          • jjjj

            Dwarfed by the mass murders carried out by Arab bloodthirsty savages who murdered women and children who had lived among them and did them no harm in Hebron, Jaffa etc.

    • Kennybhoy

      “..never allow someone to be a supporter of Israel without accusations of being Nazis and fascists…”

      Och this particular polemical device is utilized by all sides and has a long history!

      The Revisionists were gae fond o’ refering to the British as Nazis and the mainstream Zionists didnae hesitate to call the Revisionists Nazis! Like I said, this device has a long history…

  • UnionJihack

    I never quite understood what a Zionist is. Is it like what the Northern Irish call a Loyalist?

    • montague_stjohn

      No.

  • Lydia Robinson

    Julie does have a facility for winding up people and being a contrarian and there’s nothing that winds up lefties more than professing a love of Israel – it sends them into a froth of vitriolic rage rather resembling the spinning head on Linda Blair spewing forth vile curses in “the Exorcist” such is the pure venom directed at Israel.

  • Andrés Parrado Segura

    A balanced assessment.

  • Innit Bruv

    Israel: a settler state founded on terrorism and the legalized theft of another people’s land to assuage European/Christian guilt.

    • jjjj

      Your beloved Palestinians were also settlers. Once the Jewish emigrants made the country bloom and economically viable, Arabs from the ME emigrated there.
      Jews had always lived in Palestine (The Romans gave it the name). No theft, except what is going on the West Bank. That’s wrong but compared to what the savages in the ME are doing…
      So, STFU dirty troll.

      • Epi Pedos

        Palestine, comes from the greek Philistae, the Philistines, who are mentioned hundred times in the, so called, Old Testament. Even today, the Arabs pronounce the word with its original greek spellinf “Filestine” instead of Palestine. The Jews invented the myth of their “promised land”, whose conquest was ordered by the ruthless Jehovah, in order to justify their way of terrorizing and conquering by the sword. They are NOT indigenous.

        • lookout

          The philistine are originally Greek, they were the canaannites who once infected by the nephalim became hybrids and were to be wiped out because of their sexual practices, bestiality etc. See L A Marzulli.

        • jjjj

          The Arabs couldn’t have given a toss about Palestine. They let it rot after their conquest. It was the Jews who always remembered and yearned for Eretz Yisrael in poetry. You wish to deny the Jews their birthright. Keep believing your own fables about some horse and Muhammed going from Mecca to the sky and back…er….was it the other way round. Who cares.

        • adamber

          No, the current Palestinians are Arabs. The Arabs came in the Arab conquests, hundreds of years after the time of what you call the Old Testament.
          Indeed, many Arabs came from Egypt and Syria in the late nineteenth early twentieth century. Incidentally, the term “Palestinian” used to mean Jewish – not Arab – into the 1940’s.

      • Innit Bruv

        Theft!!!
        The land wasn’t Britain’s to promise to anyone and it wasn’t
        the UN’s to partition.
        A few basics: the Jewish population was around 25 000
        in the late nineteenth century. By the time of the 1947 “partition”
        it was over 600 000. Today it stands at over 7 million.
        “Arabs from the ME emigrated there”…
        That’s rubbish and you know it!!! They had been there for centuries, long before the area was swamped by refugees fleeing
        countries like Russia,Germany,Poland,Hungary etc etc….
        (You might want to brush up on your History. Try reading
        Israeli historians like Shlomo Sand,Ilan Pappe,Benny Morris
        or Avi Shlaim. If you read French, you could also try Ilan Halevi
        or Maxime Rodinson. You might just learn something.)

        • jjjj

          It wasn’t the UN’s to partition? So take it up with the UN and rewrite history. And while we are about it let’s examine the USA, Australia, Syria, Sykes Picot etc. ect. But you people, you and your ilk only want to rewrite Israel and ‘Palestine’.

          What a horrible person you are: Jews ‘swamped’ Eretz Yisrael (no Palestine here, unless in quotes). Try and be a bit more objective in your posts.

          And your ‘Christian guilt’ is utter bullshit. When it suits you and your ilk, you raise that. Can’t see much of guilt or lack of anitsemitism among many – with exceptions – Christians in the world, today.

          You might want to read Israeli historians such as Abba Eban or Yaakov Herzog and others. Perhaps you will learn something. I would be quite happy to compromise but you and your ilk want everything. Guess what? With the current climate of antisemitism it’s not going to happen.

          • Innit Bruv

            ZZZZZZZZZ…….The land didn’t belong to the UN,Period!
            By the way I do agree with you about the US,Australia,Syria,
            Sykes-Picot.
            PS:who are you referring to with “you and your ilk”?
            It isn’t very clear.

    • MaSek12

      No. To show how much they control America and Britain.

    • lookout

      Prove it.

      • Innit Bruv

        Read your History,numbnuts!!!

  • Mila Shennsey

    I think Will Self pretty much says everything that needs to be said about Burchills ‘Book’.

    http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/nov/06/how-i-stopped-being-a-jew-shlomo-sand-unchosen-julie-burchill-review

    • Swanky

      Uh, Guardian self-glue-sniffers are hardly fit to comment on anything, least of all the plight of the most intelligent and generally humane group of people ever to walk the Earth: the Jews. The only thing I really fault them on, which they share with their Semitic cousins, is circumcision, which is barbaric and shameful.

      • Bonkim

        You are being too harsh – Will Self is an intellectual. Don’t dislike someone just because you do not agree with him – often unlike Poles attract I love someone I disagree more with.

        • Swanky

          You keep mentioning these Poles. Are they better than Rumanians?

          • Bonkim

            One must not stereotype – good/bad are relative and depends on how you define the terms – the Poles once had an Empire and have achieved quite a lot in science and technology, also the arts and crafts – but their religion has held them back. the Rumanians too particularly those that have emigrated to the US have achieved a lot but post War history for them have not been kind and that stunts all that have lived through the period. By and large the farther you are from Germany/and Britain/Netherlands/France/Sweden the more you were dominated by the Catholic Church – is it any different say in the Americas – the stark contrast between say the US/Canada and Mexico and all points southwards. Even in the US certain states dominate where those with more enterprise upped roots and travelled Westwards.

        • jjjj

          an ‘Intellectual’ my my. Intellectuals can justify anything even mass murder.

          • Bonkim

            All is fair in love and war. Mass murder – that was how wars were fought in the old days – take no prisoners – kill all the able, and take women and children as slaves. hat way you eliminated any opposition for a generation at least. The UN and the Geneva Convention destroyed all that.

          • jjjj

            ‘The UN and the Geneva Convention destroyed all that.’

            There were also wars where the women and children were murdered. Mass murdered. And today it is happening again in in Africa.

          • Bonkim

            Yes – but those who know better don’t want humanity to return to the middle-Ages.

          • jjjj

            Again, a platitude unrelated to what I wrote. You are a master of deflection. I want everyone to see it. Oh, and your comment ‘all is fair in love and war’ means that you should really have no problem with what Israel did in Gaza right??? You are an idiot.

          • Bonkim

            Yes I have no problem with what Israel does in and vice versa. Doubt if everyone are flocking to read our discussion.

            Good Night. Have a rest.

  • Swanky

    Presumably she doesn’t love the circumcision. Who would? Nature gave men the full monty for a reason. Only barbarians would suffer the loss of it. (The torture of the infants is beyond belief and certainly beyond reason, never mind a parent’s tender love.) You’d think the Ashkenazi at least (Sephardim are IQ-wise no better than the rest of us, we’re told) would have thrown that particular god over long ago. I love a natural man. Shame I’m never had the luck of being in love with one. (North Americans, eh? — only one was not cut, and he was nothing special.)

    If you are like me and view circumcision as a torture and an abomination — which it is — please visit http://www.intactamerica.org.

    • Bonkim

      There was a time when circumcision was sold as hygienic as the skin folds allowed bacteria to multiply. but yes take you point about its place in man’s performance and woman’s enjoyment. You may still become lucky –

      • Swanky

        That makes as much sense as saying you should take all your teeth out so as not to harbour germs in your mouth (don’t laugh: my great-grandfather did that very thing in his 30s and lived with ill-fitting dentures the rest of his life).

        Never mind that it also displays a bizarre callousness to the appalling pain and terror of an infant child. There never was any excuse for it, and I condemn it completely.

        • Bonkim

          That was perceived wisdom of the 1960s – don’t worry I have my skin and also teeth intact. so pleasure on both counts. Yes little children and circumcision – cruel but I think it is an ancient practice and Muslims also do that – in many cultures youngsters also get their ears and other parts of the body pierced. Taking all teeth out – before they had orthodontists and also people chewing tobacco and unable to afford dentists charges – times must have been hard for your Great Grand daddy.

          • Swanky

            No comparison though between having your ears pierced — mine are — and having sensitive healthy tissue ripped off your penis as a newborn (or at any time!). It’s a kind of amputation and a complete violation of their human rights. An online acquaintance in Australia had to shop his son around to docs because no one wanted to do the deed. Someone did it, eventually. And the reason it was so important? So that son could be like dad. What sort of perverse egoism is that?

            As for the great-grandpa, it’s a mystery really: his wife was a concert-hall singer while he played piano for the silent films, and their life was fairly comfortably bourgeois.

          • Bonkim

            Think of the poor Somalis carrying out FGM. People do such things out of blind belief – religious and cultural.

          • Swanky

            Yes, but it’s often a mystery to me where the blind belief comes from. And also that humans can be so blind to other people’s agony.

          • Bonkim

            Being pragmatic what is the point of matters outside your control and you can do little about. Often people dish out donations to charity – these achieve little except as short term palliative to satisfy the donor, does little to solve the root cause, often stopping local solutions to be devised by local people.

            Blind belief – you got me there – it is not blind belief to those that have faith in the system – that is their faith – much like an axiom in Maths/logic, you have to take it as the basis of all your arguments, can’t argue with axioms – self-evident truths. Truth to a Muslim may be quite different from that for a Catholic or to someone who thinks all religions are superstitions.

      • Kennybhoy

        Oh ffs get a room! 🙂

        • jjjj

          This was a chat up I presume. It really got steamy, didn’t it?

  • GraveDave

    Are a bunch of scriptwriters, directors, singers, actors, comedians and TV producers really smarter than the rest of us? If so how? And is Maureen Lipman really smarter than say – Dr Watson?

    James Watson was born in Chicago, Illinois, on April 6, 1928, as the only son of Jean Mitchell and James D. Watson, a businessman descended mostly from colonial English immigrants to America.[4][14] His mother’s father, Lauchlin Mitchell, a tailor, was from Glasgow, Scotland, and her mother, Lizzie Gleason, was the child of Irishparents from Tipperary.[15] Raised Catholic, he later described himself as “an escapee from the Catholic religion.”[16] Watson said, “The luckiest thing that ever happened to me was that my father didn’t believe in God.”[17]

    • Bonkim

      not just scriptwriters and singers – Jews also feature in science, and technology, the Nobel Laureates, industrialists, and in finance/investment/banking and the business world across the Globe. A talented race despite their small numbers in population statistics – no doubt about that.

      • GraveDave

        So do white Europeans, many of whom were from these Islands. But we’re not -evidently- to blow our trumpets about it so much these days in case it becomes something hijacked by the BNP or white supremacy in general .Then again having the run of all that media I’m sure goes a long way towards propagating the ‘chosen ‘message.

        • Bonkim

          The point was about achievements against population numbers – in fact within the UK the Scots have achieved more in industry, science and technology in relation to their numbers – go around the world the main stay entrepreneurs of the Empire were the Scots. Hong Kong, the Southern Plantations, figures like Carnegie, and other Scots that migrated to the US, and Canada, NZ, Australia. Burns Night was a big event in Hong Kong – Jardines the Premier HK firm – Scottish, etc.

          In Germany too you will find certain groups more enterprising and inventive. The colonial enterprise gave those willing and able great scope to innovate and progress. Their religion also allowed freedom of thought compared with say the Muslims or Catholics that were handicapped by stuck in Dark-ages religious beliefs and aloowing to be controlled by bigots.

          Not all White Europeans same – the Chinese and Indians for example achieving higher levels of enterprise and scientific talent today than say the vast majority of White Europeans. The myth of White supremacy was founded on military barbarism – earlier development in shipbuilding and military organisation allowed Spain and Portugal to venture out and industrialisation in Britain and Germany produced war material and techniques that came in handy dominating over older cultures that were complacent, soft and trustingly hospitable to strangers.

          All that is history and human history evolves and changes in cycles.

          • GraveDave

            The point was about achievements against population numbers – in fact within the UK the Scots have achieved more in industry, science and technology in relation to their numbers – go around the world the main stay entrepreneurs of the Empire were the Scots. H

            I agree , I did after all say ‘These Islands’ as opposed to ‘Ingerland’. But the English have fared well too.

          • Bonkim

            Of course they did – but the English aristocracy though as they were better diplomatically and could manage better – If you looked at the Colonial History you will see certain nations coming top at certain tasks – the Scots were prominent as top military brass, the English in the Navy, and the Irish in the infantry. The hungrier you are the harder you try – many top civil servants in the Colonial service and adminstrators – Viceroys,and Governors were Scots, also Heads of Banks, etc. The colonial civil service gave many poor folk a stepping stone to achieve their potential and Scots education was also top in Britain apsrt from their Proestant work ethic in common with the English. Same in Germany, and Sweden – you will find the swedes have achieved a lot despite their small population compared with say the Southern and Eastern Europeans where backward religion dominated the peasantry..

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  • Bonkim

    Must agree – Jews punch above their weight of numbers in science, technology, the arts, music, and Hollywood. Jews are a talented race, and yes their blind acceptance of everything that Israel does in the occupied lands is criminal and undermines their position as a race persecuted by Christendom for two Millennia culminating in the Holocaust. The oppressed turned tyrant.

    • Damaris Tighe

      That’s rubbish Bonkim. Some Jews do indeed blindly accept everything Israel does in the West Bank. Many also oppose it, including at least half of Israeli Jews who would like to see a peace settlement.

      This proportion was once far higher but was destroyed by Hamas’s post-Oslo terror campaign which proportionally, if it had happened here, would have killed & maimed tens of thousands of people. Many Jews now fear a Hamas controlled West Bank that would be another Gaza. Those who are attached to it for ideological/religious reasons are a small minority. Fear & security issues dominate.

      • Bonkim

        Agree with what you say and there are good people in Israel that would consider their present government fascist. Not much different from my comment – but as a people Jews have achieved the highest levels in science and technology, the arts, music, philosophy, finance, industry, Hollywood, etc, etc, in relation to their numbers across the globe – and the most interest fact is that they did so despite being persecuted minorities in the many lands they have been travelling through over the centuries. Both the US and the Soviet Union have benefited from Jews out of proportion to the numbers that emigrated there from Europe and other parts of the world. One might say Jews concentrated on being better than the rest because they were persecuted – some of the greatest brains in German science and technology as also the US and USSR were Jewish.

        • Damaris Tighe

          I think it’s more down to the ‘inheritance of acquired characteristics’. All classes of Jews became literate a few hundred years before Christ – with the aim of studying the Torah. Over the last 2000 years every male Jew’s aim was to study Torah & Talmud. This involved extremely intricate & critical disputation.

          I think this became an inherited characteristic of intelligence, & when many Jews became secular resulted in their over-representation in all the areas you mention.

          • Swanky

            That’s certainly the argument of The 10,000 Year Explosion. Makes sense to me.

            Also they were not allowed to function in most areas of work, and what was left to them involved higher cognitive ability. So generations learned the importance of education and of reasoning….

          • Damaris Tighe

            Oh, I’ve seen you recommend the book before. I didn’t know that theory was in it. Maybe I should buy it …

          • Swanky

            Sure, have a look. The pictures they included were stock-standard — you’ll have seen them before, most likely — but I didn’t buy it for the pictures!

          • Bonkim

            If you are persecuted and have to up-roots every so often you become street-wise and have to be smarter than the rest to survive. Yes despite a few bigoted Jews enlightenment and rationality came to the Jewish diaspora well before the oppressive cloak of the Catholic Church was thrown out by Christian Europe.

        • Kennybhoy

          “Not much different from my comment…”

          Total and utter caca as any re-reading of your original vile post will show.

          • Bonkim

            Don’t re-read if it if your sensibilities are offended.

    • MaSek12

      Oh some people will believe anything. You are just parrotting propaganda. Still, why bother to have a brain of your own, eh?

      • Bonkim

        What are trying to say? The able don’t need propaganda – they come through despite silly comments like yours.

    • Guest

      I suppose Jews should instead support those who pushed their ancestors into ovens and gas chambers, finance Hamas, vilify them and single them out, and those who are trying to exterminate them today?

      that would make them stupid, wouldn’t it?
      didn’t read the article, hm?

      • Mrs.JosephineHydeHartley

        But those who pushed their ancestors into the gas chambers must be all dead by now. Why not let it go..

        • Bonkim

          Twisted mind!

        • Guest

          because their children finance Hamas maybe, so the job can be finished, that Europe started

          got to spell it out to you geniuses, ey?

        • jjjj

          I’m not comparing Hamas to those who pushed their ancestors into the gas chambers but I think it is quite clear that there is now a rise of jew haters who are coming out with vile stuff that harks back to the Third Reich.

      • Bonkim

        What a twisted mind you have – sort that out yourself.

    • Kennybhoy

      “…and yes their blind acceptance of everything that Israel does …”

      You KNOW that this is a berefaced lie ya antisemitic cunnus! 🙁

      • Bonkim

        Yes Getting heated up is a sure sign of a stunted brain.

  • Francis Coudrell

    Sounds like the ex-husband is just being bitchy to me.

  • ohforheavensake

    Well, no. This is a good review of Burchill’s latest, from Will Self (who is Jewish, just in case anyone wants to make an obvious, rather idiotic comment)-

    http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/nov/06/how-i-stopped-being-a-jew-shlomo-sand-unchosen-julie-burchill-review

    Full text-

    …Julie Burchill [has] made – by her own admission – a fortune from writing the sort of ad hominem abuse that all too often is passed off as “comment” in our media. In truth, I’ve always thought of Burchill as a sort of newsprint Alastair Campbell; just as in his heyday Campbell intimidated the Westminster lobby journalists by flecking their faces with spittle and expletives, so she seems to win newspaper contracts by playing the part of sacredly authentic monster for credulous readers. I’m afraid I can’t really dignify her latest offering with the ascription “book”, nor the contents therein as “writing” – rather they are sophomoric, hammy effusions, wrongheaded, rancorous, and pathetically self-aggrandising.

    I wasn’t actually aware that Burchill was a philo-Semite of long standing, but if alcoholics are prone to reciting “drunkalogues”, then we might reasonably describe Unchosen as a similarly tedious “Jewalogue”. (And since Burchill descants at such length on her own prodigious drinking and cocaine-sniffing, we might reasonably see it as a drunkalogue too.) There isn’t a shred of reason in this text, which – one hopes because all the publishers it was offered to turned it down – has been produced by an imprint funded by subscribers including such beacons of enlightenment asRichard Littlejohn. I really don’t see it as my responsibility as a reviewer to catalogue Burchill’s repugnant gallimaufry of insults and half-baked nonsense; suffice to say, she believes everything the state of Israel does is just peachy, and she uncritically accepts ethno‑Zionism, endorsing the idea that some schmuck – such as myself – who grew up in the Hampstead Garden Suburb, has a “right” to my place in the Holy Land in advance of the 1.8 million Palestinians currently penned up in the giant internment camp known as “the Gaza Strip”.

    When it comes to identifying exactly who the “Jews” are that she loves so unreservedly, Burchill tellingly rejects one set of stereotypic Ashkenazi characteristics – humour, chicken soup, kvetching, Woody Allen, fiddling on rooftops – in favour of those advanced by the ethno-Zionists: intelligence, IDF machismo, “true” democracy, good looks etc. Like the police and social services employees in Rotherham who claimed they were inhibited from prosecuting Muslim child-abusers because they feared accusations of racism, Burchill is incapable of understanding that her very exaltation of specific – and implicitly genetic – Jewish characteristics plays right into the hands of anti-Semites and crypto‑Nazis. The imperative in respect of Israeli-Palestine, as in any other dispute where “identity” is fuelling the conflagration, is to step back and regard the players on all sides first and foremost as people, irrespective of what group they belong to.

    But Burchill’s most egregious fault is her insistence that her enemies are all pals together. Time and again in this threadbare text she equates any criticism of the Israeli state with support for Hamas, Hezbollah and other organisations that commit terrorist acts in the name of Palestine – this is wrong, deeply unhelpful, and an attitude that, in my view, could lead ultimately to the destruction of Israel.

    About 12 years ago I profiled Burchill for the Independent on Sunday. I wrote then that she presented the bizarre spectacle of an intelligent woman who had spent her entire adult life making herself more stupid; this process has now reached its inevitable conclusion, and she has become to all intents and purposes moronic. If I were still a Jew I might have cause to reject her overtures, but thankfully, having resigned from the club, I’m no longer in any danger of being bothered by this particular barroom bore.

  • gubblerchechenova

    So, Jews are the master race? Heil Juden.

  • Bumble Bee

    I’m a Jew, and whenever I speak to a Muslim or a leftie, I feel like friggin’ Einstein!

    • Bonkim

      I suppose there are a few idiots amongst the brainy Jews.

      • Bumble Bee

        of course there are
        but not nearly as many, as there are idiots amongst self-destructing Christians or, killing-one-another Muslims

  • Polly Radial

    ‘The 1980’s . . . back in the 1980’s . . . .1972 . . .1976 . . .’
    Daft old music journo from the NME trying to be relevant today.

  • Michael H Kenyon

    Outspoken, rigorous, challenging, and sometimes amusing despite wrong-headedness. Bravely unafraid, despite her wealth, to present herself as a proud counter-jumper with the appearance of an underclass slattern. All these may be. Whatever, I, for one, would not like to sniff her bum-crack.

    • jjjj

      What a classy comment.

  • Bumble Bee

    Jew haters are just pi$$ed that Jews don’t run around slaughtering one another like Muslims do, or ignore each other’s plight and deaths, like Christians.

    Jews HELP AND PROTECT Jews, that’s why Jew haters foam at their mouths: it’s an admirable and rare quality.

    • Guest

      this is so bloody true!

      they hate jews more than they care about their own!

  • Mrs.JosephineHydeHartley

    Maybe it’s all because she’s called ” Julie”. get it?

  • mandelson

    I can see why she split up with him, what a wimp.

  • Laguna Beach Fogey

    Jews are neither as interesting nor as intelligent as they (and their admirers and detractors) think they are.

    In other news, Julie Burchill is now quite fat.

    • jjjj

      What is the great wisdom in your comment? Do tell us mere idiots.

  • balance_and_reason

    Whilst I would concede that appearances could be deceptive, she really is the most obnoxious looking character.

    • SeanieRyan

      You should read her articles.

  • EricHobsbawmtwit

    “Stalinist, Champion of the Working Class, Punk, Feminist, Zionist”

    + idiot?

  • Georgina_Crescent

    I think she feels unloved and sees an aggressively bourgeois value system as a source of salvation. Not a Jew myself, but of Quaker background (one of remarkably similar values) I would disagree, it is a mistake to seek perfection in any community full stop.

  • Redneck

    In my opinion, the Jews have an innate right to their own homeland of Israel and as part of this, must be able to deal aggressively with those who’d wish to harm even one citizen. All countries should explicitly defend their right to do so: “do unto others etc”. I am an unreserved Zionist.

    However, I reserve the right to question whether diaspora Jews’ influences on the UK & USA is concordant with the majority gentiles’ best interests. Is that anti-Semitic?

  • Laguna Beach Fogey

    All of this would be quite fascinating, I’m sure, if Julie Burchill did not bear a striking resemblance to the late Christopher Hitchens.

  • Harry Peters

    Wretched, vile woman. I do admire Jewish talent, though.

    • Laguna Beach Fogey

      Talent for filth and subversion.

      • jjjj

        Not your cruddy comments again. You need a cure from your obsession with the JOOOOOSSSSS

  • Frank

    No1, is this what passes for a book review these days?
    No2, why would anyone sane marry JB?
    No3, why does the Spectator believe that employing unpleasant characters like Taki, or Cosmo enhances the magazine?
    No4, Cosmo, please leave poor England to cope without you and return to America – I am sure that your birthplace can give you the kind of endless approval you clearly seek.

  • artemis in france

    Like Julia I have a lot of time for Jews. Of course, some are vile and obnoxious but as a culture it is rich and warm and very often wise. Jonathan Sacks must be the most knowledgeable and reasonable religious commentator alive today. As others have said, we need people like Julie to support the cause of Jewry and Israel. All those bien-pensant Jews who delight in criticizing Israel may eat their words when they decide in a décade or so that the game is up in Europe, there are too many forces stacked against them with the demographic timebomb which is Muslim propagation ticking away ever louder and it’s time to head for the haven of Israel.

  • Hegelguy

    How sad to make the Jews, who deserve so much better, seem petty and ridiculous.

    With friends like Burchill who needs enemies?

  • Hegelguy

    As the man said, those who boast of greatness are seldom the great.

  • Hegelguy

    To adapt a well known Jewish saying, with friends like Burchill who needs enemies?

    • Damaris Tighe

      Yes, we heard you the first time.

  • Oliver_C

    Maybe Julie should spend a bit more time taking buses in Israel, so she can have ultra-Orthodox Jews order her to sit at the back, Rosa Parks-style. Maybe while sitting at the back she can ask the Israeli women (who have to pay taxes and serve in the military) what it’s like to be ordered around by men who are legally exempt from either.

    • jjjj

      Better than being executed for wanting an education or mutilated like your mates the Islamists do. But still, people like you are the useful idiots des nos jours.

  • Scradje

    ‘Plenty of Jews will be embarrassed (or overjoyed) by her boasts. And many Muslims and die-hard multiculturalists will be deeply offended by what they would see as her ‘Islamaphobia’ and ‘racism’.
    Sounds like a decent recommendation for the book.

  • SeanieRyan

    What I have read of her article suggest she is nothing more than a vile shock jock who has a loathing for everyone and every group.

    Give it a few years, she’ll convert to Islam and loath the Jews.

    A few years after that she’ll be a Christian fundi.

  • scottnsanfran

    A new rabbi comes to a well-established congregation. Every week on the Sabbath, a fight erupts during the service. When it comes time to recite the Shema prayer, half of the congregation stands and the other half sits. The half who stand say, “Of course we stand for the Shema. It’s the credo of Judaism. Throughout history, thousands of Jews have died with the words of the Shema on their lips.” The half who remain seated say, “No. According to the Shulchan Aruch (the code of Jewish law), if you are seated when you get to the Shema you remain seated.”
    The people who are standing yell at the people who are sitting, “Stand up!” while the people who are sitting yell at the people who are standing, “Sit down!” It’s destroying the whole decorum of the service, and driving the new rabbi crazy. Finally, it’s brought to the rabbi’s attention that at a nearby home for the aged is a 98-year-old man who was a founding member of the congregation. So, in accordance with Talmudic tradition, the rabbi appoints a delegation of three, one who stands for the Shema, one who sits, and the rabbi himself, to go interview the man. They enter his room, and the man who stands for the Shema rushes over to the old man and says, “Wasn’t it the tradition in our synagogue to stand for the Shema?”
    “No,” the old man answers in a weak voice. “That wasn’t the tradition.”
    The other man jumps in excitedly. “Wasn’t it the tradition in our synagogue to sit for the Shema?”
    “No,” the old man says. “That wasn’t the tradition.”
    At this point, the rabbi cannot control himself. He cuts in angrily. “I don’t care what the tradition was! Just tell them one or the other. Do you know what goes on in services every week — the people who are standing yell at the people who are sitting, the people who are sitting yell at the people who are standing—”
    “That was the tradition,” the old man says.

    • Paddy Kilshamus

      One day Issac asked his Rabbi Baruch Efrati about the future of Christianity. The Rabbi thought for a while and answered
      ‘Jews should rejoice at the fact that Christian Europe is losing its identity as a punishment for what it did to us for the hundreds of years were in exile there. We will never forgive Europe’s Christians for slaughtering millions of our children, women and elderly . . . throughout the generations, in a consistent manner which characterizes all factions of hypocritical Christianity. And now, Europe is losing its identity in favor of another people and another religion, and there will be no remnants and survivors from the impurity of Christianity, which shed a lot of blood it won’t be able to atone for. With the help of God, the gentiles there will adopt a healthier life with a lot of modesty and integrity, and not like the hypocritical Christianity which appears pure but is fundamentally corrupt. Even if we are in a major war with the region’s Arabs over the Land of Israel, Islam is still much better as a gentile culture than Christianity,” Rabbi Baruch Efrati concluded. Issac thought for a long time, shook his head and answered ‘We are our own worst enemies.’

  • Picquet

    “Philosemite” is this week’s Word. It’s all over the Guardian, in various contexts, almost knocking “diversity” from number one.

  • Damon

    “But then Julie is a writer uninterested in fair play or the judicious consideration of evidence to support an argument.”
    Unlike the enemies of Israel, Cosmo, who are so universally reasonable, even-handed and impartial.
    “One thing this memoir makes clear is that Julie can’t stop being Julie —
    a hedonistic, working-class girl and gifted writer who loves a piss-up
    and a verbal punch-up. Let’s hope that she never changes.”
    And that last sentence – he means that most sincerely, folks.

  • mikewaller

    Is there any more to be said than that she is a controversialist who has made a very good living plying her inconsequential trade?

  • firstname lastname

    there are no jews or gentiles only law still stands.

  • Lina R

    Would love Julie Burchill to spend some time in Gaza so that she could see how her beloved Israel treats other human beings. It’s not a case of anti-semitism that people criticise Israel but an abhorrence of their apartheid policy in the Palestinian territories and their bombing campaigns every few years which kill thousands.

    • Keep spreading the immoral disinformation and breathless double standards, Lina!

  • UFOHUNTERORGUK

    Oy vey. anyone who criticises the chosen ones is a filthy anti semite and any who disagrees will get lampshaded!

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  • Louise

    She loves the religion? Funny, she doesn’t exactly sound like a practicing Jewess. 😛

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