Howard Jacobson and ‘The Finkler Question’ win Man Booker Prize

Howard Jacobson and ‘The Finkler Question’ have won the Man Booker Prize.

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9 thoughts on “Howard Jacobson and ‘The Finkler Question’ win Man Booker Prize

  1. Isca Stieglitz

    My daughter bought me the hardback for my 44th birthday, “It feels special to get a hardback on your birthday mum”…I love her lots!

    It’s a book that entices you into an ‘alternate world’ and then it dawns on you “I get this”.

    In a strange way, echoing my own experiences which led me to Greens Engage.

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    1. Deborah Fink

      I see, so you approve of Jacobson’s attack on Jews of conscience? And you agree with him that Jews who want justice for Palestinians are ashamed? Well, one is hardly likely to be ashamed of being Jewish if they proclaim their Jewishness by joining an organisation called ‘Jews for justice for Palestinians’! Ashamed Jews don’t admit they’re Jewish.

      I take it you don’t want justice then..in which case, what are you doing in the Green Party?

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  2. Raphael

    “one is hardly likely to be ashamed of being Jewish if they proclaim their Jewishness by joining an organisation called ‘Jews for justice for Palestinians’! Ashamed Jews don’t admit they’re Jewish.”

    Debbie, what about reading the book?

    ASHamed Jews are proud to be ashamed “as Jews”, not only do they admit they’re Jewish, but they spend their time speaking “as a Jew”.

    It is also a book about operas, you should like it.

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  3. Deborah Fink

    But Raphael, the book lampoons members of JfJfP which are not ashamed. Being ashamed of Israel’s polices is not the shame as being ashamed of one’s cultural heritage, which we are not.

    As it happens, my father lent me the book. i would say that he’s quite typical of British Jewry. He is not political, not in JfJfP and uncomfortable with boycotts, but is also, not really a Zionist. He did not find it funny and did not see what the point is. He only got to the end to justify buying it and in the hope of finding a redeeming feature but he couldn’t find any….

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  4. Deborah Fink

    I said, typical of British Jewry. I didn’t say, there is a typical British Jewry. Not the same.

    British Jewry is typical enough when you want it to be..In other words, Jews like myself don’t count when it comes to our views on Israel and anti-semitism. I’ve seen posts on Engage where David Hirsh talks about all the Jews leaving UCU…Where does that put Mike Cushman and Jonathan Rosenhead?

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    1. Mira Vogel Post author

      Of course you count. People with your kind of views about Jews (that they are uniquely responsible as Jews for Palestinians) are a main reason Engage exists.

      You don’t have sufficient respect for your readers to link to the post you mention by David Hirsh, so I have to.

      “Congress is now free of Jews. Except for Jews like him, the Jews who speak “as a Jew” but who are quite unable to recognize antisemitism. Haim Bresheeth. John Rose. Michael Cushman. These are the Jews now, at UCU Congress”.

      Surely you are the last person entitled to object, since this strategy is at the core of your campaign. He acted out what ASHamed Jews (e.g. your Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods, Jews Sans Frontieres etc) do when you set yourselves up as the Good Jews, and by implication seek to marginalise Jews (only Jews) who do not share your politics.

      In any case, David’s point – that an organisation which contains only anti-Zionist Jews is unrepresentative – stands. The opinion you have advanced countless times, most recently on Green Party internal lists – that Jews with your politics on Israel should be considered exemplary – is not borne out objectively anywhere.

      Unrepresentativeness is bad for democracy and bad for the trade union movement. I’ll never understand how it is that activists who control most of the left are prepared to sacrifice so much to anti-Zionist politics. This is why Greens should thank Greens Engage. We are committed to diversity, and – unlike you – we don’t go around telling people whose politics on Israel we oppose, who dominate the Green Party’s International List and are active on the General Discussion List, that they don’t have a place in the party.

      That said, I don’t want to host your opinions on this unless I know somebody has time to make an argument, so I’d suggest you use your own blog to respond rather than this one.

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    2. Fr. Edwards

      “I said, typical of British Jewry. I didn’t say, there is a typical British Jewry. Not the same.”

      Eh?

      If one is typical of British Jewry, there has to be a typical British Jewry to be typical with – you cannot be typical of a group that is not typical within itself.

      Does Ms Fink think before she writes?

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