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Simon Hattenstone.

It is becoming too easy to expose these people now.

I don’t know whether Simon Hattenstone is a liar or truly believes what he has written (although if he believes it, this displays a lack of intelligence that should bar him from writing for newspapers).

Referring to the 2013 incident I recount in this article, he states:

It is unclear what the irony in question is. But it is irrelevant. To generalise about any race or religion is discriminatory. And if there were ever a clear example of somebody conflating Zionist with Jews, this appears to be it. Let’s play the traditional “swap the minority” game. Instead of “Zionists” let’s make it, say, Muslims or African-Caribbeans or Asians or Irish needing lessons in history or irony. Not nice, eh?

The irony is that of a person for whom English is a second language making himself perfectly clear, but having the meaning of his words mangled by those for whom it is their first language. That is clear.

No, this is not “a clear example of somebody conflating Zionist with Jews”. There is no evidence to suggest Mr Corbyn was covertly referring to Jews – and certainly none to say he meant all Jews.

And Zionism is a political doctrine, not an ethnic or racial minority, so it is inappropriate to suggest swapping a reference to Zionism for a reference to Islam, African-Caribbeans, Asians or the Irish.

Liar or fool, Mr Hattenstone has revealed his true colours.

Source: I gave Corbyn the benefit of the doubt on antisemitism. I can’t any more | Simon Hattenstone | Opinion | The Guardian

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