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November 15, 2008

Oxford Students in ‘Bring a Jew’ Party Row

Are they anti-Semite bigots or are they for real?

Some people from Goldsmith College say they like to interpret texts, but in Blooms and WIZO we prefer to just interrupt them!

An article from the Guardian, November 15

Oxford University is investigating after students allegedly held a party at which they were told to arrive dressed as Orthodox Jews carrying bags of money (as if they were Labour friends of Israel). Students in the under-21 rugby squad are said to have attached pretend side locks to their heads at the “bring a fit Jew party”. If they called it “bring a hypochondriac Jew party” they probably would have had more people. Side locks are worn by Orthodox Jewish men. The party, at a curry house on Wednesday (I hope it was a kosher curry house with gefilthe fish Marsala), has been condemned by the Jewish community as “at best insensitive and ignorant: at worst blatantly antisemitic”.

The Community Security Trust, which deals with antisemitic attacks together with the police on behalf of the Jewish community, said the party would make Jewish students feel “isolated and vulnerable”, instead of chosen & superior? A spokesman for the Union of Jewish Students in the UK said: “The actions of a few students have caused real offense. We are appalled that in 2008 old myths like Lord “cash Machine” Levi & that nice proxy master, Mr Abrahams and antisemitic stereotypes are still appearing among supposedly educated students.” Indeed he is correct. If they want a real Jewish progressive education they should have gone to Brighton Polytechnic.

The captain of the under-21 team, Phil Boon, said he “didn’t see what the problem was”. He said Jewish girls had accepted invites to the party. “I can understand why it might have offended some people, but it would have been an awesome social.” If he had been just slightly more circumcised and with the appropriate blood. Boon refused to comment further. But with goyim pretending to be Jews, how were the real Jewish girls supposed to know who had had their swantzes chopped and who didn’t? It’s not very lady-like to insist that a man get out his zooglefreid out on the first date, but in these circumstances, who has a choice?

Oxford University has launched an investigation into the party. A spokesman from the university said: “The university is currently investigating a report about inappropriate behaviour by two or three students. We cannot comment on the case as we are yet to establish the facts. However, the university condemns unreservedly racial stereotyping.” Dr Winston Kosher Pickett, director of the European Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism, said: “When blatant and malicious Jewish stereotypes surface in the public space –particularly in an academic setting – the shock is palpable”. I know about shock and even artichoke, but what is shock and palpable? And besides, we pay Rabbi kosher Pickett to study Contemporary Antisemitism, so it doesn’t really make sense that, as soon as a current of anti Jewish rage occurs, he starts to complain. Would he prefer a ‘Don’t Bring A Jew Party?’

“On the one hand they make us realise how embedded they are in the collective consciousness. This is indeed what assimilation was there to resolve, but we always refused to jump on the train… while at the same time they send a clear signal of how important it is to educate others as to their hurtful nature. Hopefully the university will use this opportunity to do just that.

Oi these Guardian articles are so long, by the end I am just thinking about whether or not I remembered to defrost the gefilthe fish.

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