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North American edition of the UK best seller

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.

©2021 David Baddiel (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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"A must-read and if you think YOU don’t need to read it, that’s just the clue to know you do." (Sarah Silverman) 

"Jews Don’t Count is a supreme piece of reasoning and passionate, yet controlled, argument. From his first sentence, the energy, force and conviction of Baddiel’s writing and thinking will transfix you...as readable as an airport thriller...a masterpiece." (Stephen Fry) 

"I don’t think I have ever been so grateful to anyone for writing a book. Baddiel’s Jews Don’t Count is incisive, urgent, surprisingly funny and short. It’s also a beautiful piece of publishing. It needs to be read." (Jay Rayner) 

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  • 03-03-22

Informative and eye opening

4 stars - It was really good

Trigger Warnings: Discussions of antisemitism, racism, blackface, Islamophobia, conspiracy theories, transphobia, J.K. Rowling, cancel culture.

Jews Don’t Count: How Identity Politics Failed One Particular Identity discusses the ignored history of anti-semitism and how people don’t count Jews as real minorities, even when they should.

This book was great. David Baddiel talks about a lot of different aspects of anti-Semitism and why it frequently gets ignored. He references his personal experiences and how he personally tries to combat racism. While his personal experiences and examples are mostly centered in the UK, he does talk briefly about racism and antisemitism around the world.

Baddiel discusses the hierarchy of racism, which is something that I don’t think I have heard before, but really helps break down how anti-Semitism is overlooked. A lot of people view racism as something that only happens against Black, Brown, or Indigenous people so they don’t think racism can be directed at Jews, but history has shown that isn’t true. Also, Jews aren’t White. They can pass as white but that doesn’t stop them from being persecuted for their race and religion.

Another topic he talked extensively about that I had never really thought about before was acting. When a minority character is played by a nonminority actor there's always an uproar about it. But when a non-Jewish actor plays a Jewish character there is only silence. It shouldn’t be this way. If we are going to fight for representation on the screen it has to be for everyone.

This was just a very thought provoking book with a very powerful and important message. I highly recommend this book, especially with the rise in anti-Semitism crimes lately.