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Jul 2003 Journal

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Father of the House invites parricide

Was der Jude tut ist einerlei/In der Rasse liegt die Schweinerei (What the Jew does is irrelevant/It's his race that makes him a swine). This dictum of Hitler's mentor Schönerer has been dragged out of the lumber room of history by the veteran Labour MP Tam Dalyell, who combines extreme pacifism - he has opposed every single British military action since the Falklands War - with extreme bellicosity.

He has now exposed three of Mr Blair's advisers - Jack Straw, Peter Mandelson and Lord Levy - as a Jewish cabal illicitly influencing Downing Street in the Israeli interest. As it happens, only the last-named is really Jewish: Jack Straw had one refugee grandparent, and Peter Mandelson lacks a Jewish mother.

But these factual details are the least of Tam Dalyell's falsifications. Far worse is the allegation that Jews implement a secretly agreed, monolithic party line in public life. Eighty years ago in Cabinet discussions on the Balfour Declaration the Jewish ministers, Herbert Samuel and Edwin Montague, were already on opposite sides of the fence - and today the Sharon government has no sterner critic in the Westminster Parliament than Gerald Kaufman MP.

Likewise, while it is fashionable to talk about a Jewish lobby unduly influencing America's Middle East policy, the home-grown opposition to 'Bushism' is led by Jewish intellectuals like Noam Chomsky and Arthur Miller - with Harold Pinter playing the equivalent role over here.

Tam Dalyell, incidentally, is also renowned for his espousal of Republicanism. I wonder if his desire to sweep away the monarchy was triggered by his discovery that the House of Windsor was jüdisch versippt (tainted by Jewish intermarriage). After all, Prince Philip, consort to the Queen, had an uncle, Earl Mountbatten, whose wife Edwina was the granddaughter of Sir Ernest Kassel, the German Jewish financier!
Richard Grunberger

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