Friday 20 April 2018

Insensitive use of language

A HEADLINE in Thursday's edition of the Irish Independent (February 3) hit me like a blunt instrument: 'Nazi deportation over Jew killing'.

The phrase "Jew killing" is a clumsy and insensitive use of language reminiscent of street taunts of "Jew" and "Jewboy" by anti-Semitic racists prior to the Second World War.

A far more literate (and, indeed, humane) reference would be 'Jewish killing' or 'killing of a Jew'.

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