The Jews Don’t Count among the Ranks of the Oppressed. But Should Jews Really Aspire to Victim Status?

Jews Don’t Count, by the British comedian David Baddiel, is a book about anti-Semitism, but perhaps even more than that, it is about something else, which Dara Horn, in her review, describes as “the subtle baseline reality of dismissing, shaming, and belittling by parts of the non-Jewish world.” Baddiels find particularly galling the way that people who pride themselves on being enlightened, tolerant, and “antiracist,” and make a show of standing up for every oppressed religious, ethnic, and sexual minority, are entirely unwilling to acknowledge anti-Semitism, and sometimes willing to indulge in it themselves. Horn writes:

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More about: Anti-Semitism, United Kingdom

Israel Must Choose the Right Friends in Asia

In the past few decades, the Jewish state has vastly expanded its diplomatic, economic, and sometimes military ties with South and East Asia, while doing its best to stay away from the conflicts that divide the countries in the region. Daniel Samet surveys the potential for these relationships, urging Jerusalem to avoid deepening cooperation with China and instead to focus on cultivating further its alliances-in-the-making with China’s competitors:

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More about: India, Israel diplomacy, Israel-China relations