No Christina Patterson, The Third Estate is not in league with the Simon Wiesanthal centre. We just don’t like your politics.
It would be a great understatement to suggest that the Independent’s Christina Patterson is better at dishing out abuse than taking it. Recently she described student leader Clare Solomon as a “ghastly thirty-something”. She did not really explain why, but she did mention Clare’s “assymetric haircut”. Last year she told us about the “gargangtuan creature” who would “lumber over” to her whenever she went to hospital. The “gargantuan creature”, it turned out, was a nurse who had the temerity to be overweight. “Stop stuffing your face, sister” ran the headline in this quality newspaper.
When, however, people take Christina to task – and do so not for her appearance but for the political content of her articles – she can really, really wine. Some readers of this blog might remember my response to her invective against her orthodox Jewish neighbours.
Well, she is not happy with the controversy that her original article generated. According to her piece yesterday, the Simon Weisenthal centre “and their friends in this country” have ensured that “anyone, anywhere, who criticises the behaviour of anyone who happens to be Jewish should be stuck in the stocks and slapped with a label that marks them out as not just racist, but a hater of a particular, entire race, so that when anyone puts their name in Google, what pops up is words like ‘anti-Semitic’, ‘prick’ and ‘bigot’.
Well it is nice to be noticed. The reason why the word ‘prick’ comes up is because of my article here. First off, Christina will be relieved to know we are not working in league with the Simon Weisenthal centre to discredit her, we are not their “friends”. We have never had anything to with them and, speaking for myself, I not like their proclaimed “solidarity with Israel”.
Equally ridiculous are her claims that “anyone, anywhere, who criticises the behaviour of anyone who happens to be Jewish” is targetted. This blog frequently criticises people who “happen to be jewish”. What we don’t do is suggest, like Christina does, that such individuals are behaving badly because they think they are one of the chosen people. Equally, what we do not do is project the misconduct of individuals onto whole communities.
Christina claims that she has been presented in the blogosphere as the “eichmann of Stamford Hill”. Yet search for “christina patterson jews” on google blogsearch, and you will find little evidence to back of her claim. Instead you will find a range of articles that are relatively measured. Far more measured, I might add, than Christina’s hyperbolic comparison between hasidic shopkeepers and the Ku Klux Klan.
Perhaps Christina Patterson should reflect a bit on the reaction to her article. At the very least she should stop telling herself that all of this was just down to her criticising someone who “happened to be Jewish”.