Best sellers German American Israeli-born writer Tuvia Tenenbom is continuing is journey thru Europe, meeting locals and officials, reporting with his unmissable sense of humor about the hidden thoughts of the people he meets. His unpleasant findings: Antisemitism is well alive and a well-kept secret all over England.
I have known Tuvia for years and one thing is striking: with his unique talent of lightness and humor that will make you LOL, he exposes the hypocrisy of not-only-men in general, but some in particular, those who, on the left, place themselves as sanctimonious lesson givers, who just loves to moralize and preach at us without believing a word of what they say. He sheds light on the hypocrisy of those who claim to be the noblest defenders of humanistic values: journalists, editors, politicians, intellectuals. But they turn their back on him, ignore him, refuse to publish him, refuse to report on his investigations, because he exposes the most shameful of Europe’s secrets: its anti-Semitism and their lack of desire to face it.
I have often wondered why French or British publishers would turn down a best-selling author like Tenenbom. Aren’t they in business of making money with good books? The answer is that Tenenbom exposes the failed moral values of the left-leaning elites: feminism, racism, discrimination, inequality are not causes to them, but weapons. Tenenbom proves that they do not believe in the values they pride themselves on defending. This book, his journey thru Britain, is another brilliant written example.
After revealing German people opinion toward the Jews (I Sleep in Hitler’s Room: An American Jew Visits Germany); showing in “Catch The Jew!”, how European countries and the EU incite Palestinians hatred toward the Jews; “Hello, Refugees!” who discloses how the German really treats their millions of refugees; and his controversial piece about Polish people for Die Zeit, Tuvia Tenenbom just released “The Taming of the Jews”, a journey thru The United Kingdom’s antisemitism.
I’m a very slow reader. Halfway far in the book, Tuvia took me with him to Dublin, Ireland, West Belfast, East Belfast, and the Ballygally Castle in Northern Ireland. All this for only $25. I don’t know why he charged me so little, since airplane tickets obviously are more expensive. Maybe because only him gets to eat the cookies and drink the Diet Coke.
Love for Palestinian people is the most common shared sentiment among Irish people. It’s unquestioned and unquestionable. It’s emotional, it’s romantic, it’s universal, and it’s antisemitic. The more activists they are, the least they know. But it’s OK. As I read the book, I walk the streets of Dublin next to Tuvia, and I smell the pubs heavy smells of alcohol, it seems that their love for Palestinians has nothing to do with antisemitism, and everything to do with a perceived common painful past with England. Just kidding.
Am I reading them right, Tuvia? Of course I am … until Tuvia gets to the Bogside Inn, Bar & Lounge, where there are a lot of Palestinian flags. Why? ask Tenenbom. “Cause of the fucking Jews,” they say. Because “Hitler didn’t kill enough fucking Jews” says an orange man, his pals laughing in approval – all that in front of Tenenbom’s camera crew – on tape – all laughing.
“The island of Ireland, be it the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland, is saturated with Jews haters, the biggest Jew haters of our time,” says Tenenbom before traveling to Scotland where a “vibrant Edinburgh Jewish community of 12 Jewish students and 40 attend service on Saturdays,” where the Church of Scotland published a document saying Israel is an apartheid state, and where it says the “Jews are misusing the Bible as a topographic guide to settle contemporary conflict over land.”
Now we are in Scotland, “where men wear kilts instead of trousers” … and “Hillary [Clinton] wouldn’t like it. Imagine Bill with a kilt! Wow, what he would do if he had a kilt! In and out, before you even know the name of the lady.”
Tenenbom: “I get myself a colorful Palestinian scarf and put it on. Now I feel Scottish. Yeah!”
Scots are very proud of being Scots. But what is it to be a Scot, Tenenbom ask them? None of them has the answer. It must be being pro-Palestinian. Or anti-Semitic. Ask the Jews of Edinburgh. They won’t tell you. They don’t even want to talk to Tenenbom out of fear to lose their NHS, the National Health Service if it becomes known that they are pro-Israel.
Before leaving for England, Tenenbom stops in Dumfries, the town where Robert Burns, the “greatest Scot of all time” lived. A Scottish man asks Tuvia: “Where are you from?” Israel. “Israel is a great place, says the Scot, but people think Israel is connected to Zionism, which is totally false. Israel has nothing to do with Zionism.”
England is very different, it is nothing like Scotland…
Newcastle, England. Tenenbom goes to the Help Center where five big words read, “Jesus Chris is the Lord.” When he arrives, a pastor is explaining to the audience that Elijah pleaded with God against Israel, saying, “Lord, they have killed Your prophets and torn down your altars….” Very different.
Across the street is an Amnesty International bookstore where a big poster read, “Millions of Palestinians will be DENIED human rights today and every day. Help stop 50 years of suffering and oppression for Palestinian families.”
Brian is in charge of the store. Books are donated to Amnesty, who sells them he explains. Tenenbom: “Are all book donations accepted?” No, racist books won’t be accepted. “Hitler’s Mein Kampf?” Yes, it’s accepted because it has historic value. “The protocol of the Elders of Zion?” That too, for the same reason.
But not everything is about Jews, in Newcastle. Certain things are AGAINST Jews. When the city council planned to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-semitism, protestors stormed the meeting to prevent the council from adopting it.
“Why?” Asked Tenenbom to the Lord Mayor of the town. “There’s been a rise in anti-semitism in the country in the last three to five years.” A few months ago, the Mechanical Engineering society at Newcastle University distributed white T-shirts and students were encouraged to write whatever they wanted on their T-shirts. “What did they write?” Swastikas and anti-semitic hate slogans.
Gateshead. Small town. 120,000 English souls. You cannot find the Jewish bookstore. Yes, there is a jewish bookstore. Go figure. It’s totally hidden. The shutters are down “otherwise it would be vandalized by anti-semites,” but “you won’t see it in the media” says a young Jewish man.
In London, Tenenbom meet guess who, Anti-semite in chief Jeremy Corbyn, “A really nice man who really doesn’t like Jews,”. He reminds Tenenbom of Marwan, a Palestinian from Liverpool who told him Saddam Hussain was “a warm person, genuine and very charming.”
Why this title, “the taming of the Jew”? I was hoping you wouldn’t ask, because it’s a bit embarrassing for the proud Jew I am. The shameful answer is many English Jews are keeping a low profile so that no one sees them.
Tenenbom: “what [the Jew] said off the record was exactly the opposite of what he told me on the record: antisemitism is ingrained in society, and in the highest levels of it; the Foreign Office is populated with anti-Israel, antisemitic officials; and self-hating Jews lead antisemitic political organizations in Britain.”
Tenenbom couldn’t talk Britain without talking Brexit, and he couldn’t talk Brexit without talking to Brexiter Nigel Farage.
Farage: “I realized after the Single European Act of 1986, which was the creation of the Single Market, that actually, Economics was being used as a means of bringing in a European political union.”
Tuvia: “how did you realize that when nobody else did?”
“All you had to do was to listen to the European Commission president, the very able, talented man Jacques Delors…. And so, yes, I realized that it was about the creation of the state…. I realized that economics was being used as an argument to try to build a new global power, and that it was being done without the consent of the public.”
In other words, the Europeans are missing their old empires and they want them back.
That’s funny because Putin too, misses the Great Russia and wants it back, Turkey misses the Ottoman Empire and wants it back, so does Iran, and so is doing China in Hong Kong, Taiwan, the South China sea islands and Tibet. Unlike America, who is singled out as the imperialist evil.
Farage: “They devised a European constitution. The French voted no. The Dutch voted no. And they, then, rebranded it as the Lisbon Treaty. That was the day my mission changed. I started off wanting to get the United Kingdom out. I now want to get Europe out of the European Union.”
Tenenbom: “you recommended to vote for Corbyn if he comes out in public for Brexit. He has been shown as anti-semitic. Doesn’t it bother you?
Farage: “[Corbyn] is, at heart, a Euroskeptic. He is at heart a Stalinist. The anti-semitic direction of the Labour is not just under Corbyn. This has been going for a long time. I saw it under Ken Livingston [former London mayor], I saw it when Cherie Blair [wife of former PM Tony Blair] said she understands why Palestinians suicide bombers do what they do … it goes with the whole globalism side of it. The Trotskyites are globalists … and one of the countries they hate the most is Israel. Not just because they’re Jewish, but because they are the manifestation of a nation-state that seeks to protect itself and defend its borders.”
Tenenbom: “Hungary is also a nation-state. Does the Labour Party say anything about the Hungarians? Why the fascination about Israel”
Farage: “There is an obsession with Israel.”
‘The year is 2019, the city is London, and this Jew, member of the House of Lords, is carrying his passport, plus twenty-seven different currencies, fully prepared to be kicked out by his countrymen at any time, any day.”
This is the England you don’t hear about in the news or on TV. This is Tuvia’s Tenenbom unique talent. This is what makes his books best sellers. This is why no British publisher wanted to publish his book. And this is why you want to read it.
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