Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 23 November 2014

Evil spectre of anti-Semitism on rise again

I'M just an ordinary, middle-aged man. I work in an office. I go to football. I like eating out. I enjoy the arts. I am a proud family man.

I try to be a decent member of society. I pay my taxes. But there appears to be something that sets me and my kind apart.

In a student hall, a friend's son is asked to leave as the food he chose to eat is not permitted because it carries a label written in a language used by a country that is "banned" by the student union.

In Belfast, a historic blue plaque is removed to deny part of my history. In theatres in Edinburgh and London, I am told to denounce my opinions or lose the right to perform.

Protesters across the country show no shame in shouting that my historical persecutors were right and social media is rife with vitriol towards me. In Bradford, I'm told that I am not even permitted to enter the city.

What is this? Racism. Where is this? Britain and Ireland. When is this? Now. Who am I? I am a Jew.

Never again, we say. Never again.

STEPHEN SPENCER RYDE

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