Oh goodness! Most of these people would be indignant to be told that their observations are in no way different from those of Mr Millard with his Jewish lobby clique. Since it is demonstrably the case that I have argued for intervention in, say, Kosovo and Sierra Leone — where even the most inventive Jew-finder would be hard-pressed to discern an Israeli interest, the accusation has little to do with reality. If I did not have an exotic surname (given that I am irreligious) I don’t think the suggestion I have an unstated loyalty to the Jewish state rather than to the British would ever have been made. Yet it is made. Again and again and again. The Times comment editor, Tim Montgomerie, asked me two questions when I told him about this piece yesterday. The first was if I thought this kind of thing was getting worse. All I could say is that I am far more aware of it now than I was, say, 20 years ago. Some of this is clearly down to social media making it far easier for people to communicate with me and me with them.
Ensuite il aborde sur la méfiance envers les Juifs, qui date de bien avant 1948, et qui est basée sur l'idée de la double loyauté et comment cette hostilité a donné naissance au Sionisme:
An Austrian Jewish journalist called Theodore Herzl, attending the show trial in Paris of the framed Captain Alfred Dreyfus, concluded that the Jews were not safe in non-Jewish countries. Herzl is widely regarded as the founder of Zionism. And when it came to most of the countries of Europe, by 1945 his deepest misgivings were discovered to have been hopelessly optimistic.So all the things said about Jews when they were “stateless” is now said about them — about us, about me — in relation to Israel. Only now you say “Zionist” not “Jew”. But you apply it in exactly the same way. Divided loyalties, unwonted use of money and influence (beyond that exerted by any other group, natch).There was an extraordinary moment in Schama’s fourth programme when, sitting in an old synagogue he told the viewers: “I am a Zionist.” Straight out. Just like that. I thought that for many of today’s viewers he might as well have said he was a drinking buddy of Jimmy Savile’s. So many out there these days are anti-Zionist and thus anti-Schama.As for me, I have never been a Zionist. Nor committed to Israel. But I can tell you this. Every time I get one of those comments, or those e-mails, or those tweets or hear those insinuations, I begin to think, why not, David, why not? Why not wear the cap that so many are so keen to fit you out with?