Don’t B’L’AME Me

Word of the Year - (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) Illustration by Roger M. Kaye

The reports were heart-warming. I watched with pride as both the BBC and Sky News reported the UK government’s decision to change the definition of BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) people.

BAME people, according to the UK government, currently include:
Arabic people
Asylum seekers and refugees
Asian or Asian British people
Black (African/African Caribbean) or Black British people
Chinese people
Irish people (‘White Other’)
Travelers and Gypsies

Yes, from now on, we Jews were to be included.

It is time for Jewish Lives to Matter, said the commentator. Many public figures have sent a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson calling for a public inquiry into the unacceptable COVID-19 fatality rate amongst the BAME community. And, the commentator went on, the inquiry will include Jews.

Despite being just 0.3% of the UK’s population, it seems that 2.1% of COVID-19 fatalities are Jews. That makes Jews more than four times more likely to die of COVID-19 than the general public.

The BBC was forthright in its condemnation of the government. The higher fatality rate of Jews from COVID-19 is being ignored as they are not considered to be a BAME community and do not receive the same aid as BAME communities. It is time for a change – the BBC will stand up for the rights of our Jewish brothers.

I glanced at the morning newspaper. The Community Security Trust (CST), which monitors antisemitism and provides protection for the Jewish community, was ecstatic about the plunge in the number of antisemitic incidents recorded in the UK. There is no more antisemitism in the UK, it announced, the CST is closing its doors, we are no longer needed.

Another article had much praise for Mr. Corbyn: “Top UK Rabbi Thanks Corbyn for his Efforts to Stamp Out Antisemitism Within Labour Party.”

I glanced again at the television; the BBC was in full flood. A popular movement is gaining strength, advocating the banning of works of English literature that promote antisemitism. There has been a definite antisemitic theme running through books from as far back as Chaucer through the works of Shakespeare, Smollett, Thackeray, Bernard Shaw, H. G. Wells, T. S. Eliot, Aldous Huxley, G. K. Chesterton and more.

Running on the Breaking News strip, was a story about Nigel Farage. He was advising us to invest in Goldman Sachs, the bank founded by a Jewish immigrant to the US, to help the “globalists” create a “new world order”. He claimed that the antisemitic conspiracy theories associated with these phrases were “total nonsense”.

And then the alarm went off and I woke up.

About the Author
The author has been living in Rehovot since making Aliya in 1970. A retired physicist, he divides his time between writing adventure novels, getting his sometimes unorthodox views on the world into print, and working in his garden. An enthusiastic skier and world traveller, the author has visited many countries. His first novels "Snow Job - a Len Palmer Mystery" and "Not My Job – a Second Len Palmer Mystery" are published for Amazon Kindle. The author is currently working on the third Len Palmer Mystery - "Do Your Job".
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