Friday 19 January 2018

Ruth Dudley Edwards: Gaza-bound vessel really a ship of fools

Whether they know it or not, anti-Semitism is driving these activists on a 'mercy mission', says Ruth Dudley Edwards

IT was the Fifties and I was about seven when I pointed to the photograph of Hitler in my republican granny's lair and said: "What about the Jews, grandmother?" "British propaganda," she replied.

Grandmother Edwards was not stupid, but she was adept at filtering out information that didn't fit her world view. As far as she was concerned, the Nazis had been allies of the IRA and enemies of the Brits so they were the good guys.

I retired to discuss the matter further with my mother, at whose knee I had learned about the Holocaust and who was an admirer of Jewish creativity and culture. I will be forever grateful to her for inoculating me against the knee-jerk anti-Semitism of Roman Catholicism and for making me ashamed of my country's meanness of spirit in slamming the door against Jewish refugees.

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