Monday, February 18, 2013

News of Purim and of Amalek

1. A Purim Spoof that went bad:

2. The political lessons of Purim:

3. The Purim Clown:

4. The Politically Correct Scroll of Esther:

5. Hobsbawm and His Admirers
Guest Post, February 18th 2013, 4:27 pm
This is a guest post by Paul Bogdanor
Almost 20 years ago, the communist historian Eric Hobsbawm gave the
following answers in an interview:
Q: In 1934, millions of people are dying in the Soviet experiment. If
you had known that, would it have made a difference to you at that
time? To your commitment? To being a communist?
A: … Probably not…
Q: What that comes down to is saying that had the radiant tomorrow
actually been created, the loss of 15, 20 million people might have
been justified?
A: Yes.
(Times Literary Supplement, October 28, 1994)
More recently, the author David Pryce-Jones recalled witnessing
another such exchange:
At a dinner to which we were both invited, [Hobsbawm] first glorified
Castro's Cuba to another guest, the British ambassador there at the
time, and then went on to say that a nuclear bomb ought to be dropped
on Israel, because it was better to kill 5 million Jews now than 200
million innocent people in a world war later.
(National Review, October 29, 2012)
Tomorrow, Independent Jewish Voices will be holding a book launch in
London. IJV is a fringe group that likes to flaunt its ethical
superiority to the vast majority of British Jews who do not hate the
Jewish state.
IJV is dedicating the event to Eric Hobsbawm.

6. British Anti-Semitism:

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