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Jews Don't Count [9780008399474]

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How identity politics failed one particular identity.

Jews Don't Count is a book for people who consider themselves on the right side of history. People fighting the good fight against homophobia, disablism, transphobia and, particularly, racism. People, possibly, like you.

It is the comedian and writer David Baddiel's contention that one type of racism has been left out of this fight.

In his unique combination of close reasoning, polemic, personal experience and jokes, Baddiel argues that those who think of themselves as on the right side of history have often ignored the history of anti-Semitism.

He outlines why and how, in a time of intensely heightened awareness of minorities, Jews don't count as a real minority: and why they should.

‘The whole book is just brilliant – and very much needed.’ SIMON SCHAMA

 ‘Funny, complex and intellectually satisfying ― a really good piece of work’


David Baddiel is an author, comedian and screenwriter. He has written and performed in a series of highly successful TV comedy shows, including The Mary Whitehouse Experience and Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned. He is the author of four novels as well as six books for children which have sold over 1 million copies. He lives in London.

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  • 5
    Jews Don't Count

    Posted by Chris from Newcastle on 24th Sep 2021

    A very thought provoking and well written book which made me aware of things I hadn't been aware of before

  • 5
    Jews Don't Count

    Posted by HR on 19th Sep 2021

    I recommend David Baddiel's very readable book. Important reading for all progressives. It's certainly helped me realise it's ok to pull people up on sometimes careless throwaway remarks which belie a deep seated racism. Racism isn't a competition- racism against one person is not more important than against another. And having read Baddiel's explanation of his stance on Israel that helps me understand mine too.

  • 5
    Jews don't count

    Posted by D H ELLISON on 5th Jun 2021

    Are Jews a race ,a religion or, a tribe, or another group of people in a space in history. David Baddiel opens this area of interest broadly & specifically.We as a reviewers must declare the foundation from where we acquire our viewpoint to enable us to free-up our offered opinion. I am
    an un-religious C of E,member. The book has a deep level of fascination because the author explains his opinion and position from a very experienced and knowledgeable point of view.

  • 5
    Gets straight to the point, which is a very powerful one

    Posted by Tim Levine on 20th Apr 2021

    Thanks, David, for this wake up call. I'd been lazily wishing anti-seimitism away, until I read your book. It's very clear and persuasive: you point out how Jews are seen (by some others and even by some jews) as fair game.

    I love your summary of the role of Israel in the argument/discussion - I won't spoint it for new readers.

    I'm not quite as much of a fan of Twitter as you are, but I suppose that it is the forum for much discussion these days, so it's fair enough to focus on the things people say there.

  • 5
    Jews Don't Count

    Posted by GF on 20th Mar 2021

    A short, immensely readable book on an important and misunderstood subject. I hope people from all parts of the political spectrum will read it.

  • 5
    Short but Powerful

    Posted by Joe on 7th Mar 2021

    If you’re on the left and unsure what you think about the antisemitism debate, this is a must read.

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