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“[The New York Times Book Review Editor] surely does not mean to, but she manages to treat anti-Semitism as just another point of view — not a hatred with a unique and appalling pedigree that has led to unending slaughter, including the murder of 6 million, pogroms in Kielce in Poland (1946), York in England (1190) and the lynching of Leo Frank in Georgia (1915). What’s lacking from the Times is appropriate shock at Alice Walker’s bigotry and its own refusal to admit a mistake. An apology would be fit to print.”

Source: Richard Cohen, “Anti-Semitism Is Not Just Another Opinion: The New York Times Should Know Better” (The Washington Post)

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  1. I live in Tokyo, but have a house just outside the city walls of York close to an area still called Jewbury. Here is a link to a brief but very informative BBC piece on the York pogrom: http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/judaism/history/pogromyork_1.shtml Read down to the name “Richard Malebisse” and note what would seem to have been the main motivating factor behind the atrocity. This other link is to the history of Jewbury and the archeological excavations there: http://www.historyofyork.org.uk/themes/norman/jewbury-cemetery

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