Have the anti-Semitism witch-hunters gone too far?

James Ball: He accused a Guardian columnist of anti-Semitism, but in fact it was his claim that was anti-Semitic.

Guardian columnist Aditya Chakrabortty is apparently being accused of anti-Semitism after he tweeted disapprovingly about an article in a different newspaper by Daniel Finkelstein.

The claim seems to be that he is invoking the anti-Semitic trope that “the Jews” control the world’s money with this tweet:

Journalist James Ball tweeted: “I do not believe for a second Aditya is actually an antisemite but he should delete this and apologise sincerely and profusely.”

What absolute bilge!

And Mr Ball is getting what he deserves from the Twitter commentariat:


But Mr Ball has doubled down on his claim:


And again he was slapped down:

Yes – the attempt to conflate mild social democratic rhetoric with anti-Semitism is sinister. If you want to see how sinister it can be, take a look at my Twitter timeline since Sunday – it’s full of politically-motivated trolls screaming that I’m an anti-Semite, and quoting long-debunked lies by their fellow politically-motivated trolls.

They don’t actually care about anti-Semitism. Their hysterical activities in fact provoke it.

And while we’re at it, what’s all this nonsense they’re stirring up about Ash Sarkar?

Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.


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  1. loonytoonz September 5, 2019 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    Awful stench of desperation from those wielding that vile weapon. They become more desperate – reckless as they are, watching the dreams whither and turn to ashes in the hands of the clown, no longer “the saviour of brexit”

  2. Zippi September 10, 2019 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    Who is this person and what, on Earth, is he on about?

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