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4.46  ·  Rating details ·  1,444 ratings  ·  202 reviews
Jews Don’t Count is a book for people 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 reasoning, polemic, personal experie
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Hardcover, 144 pages
Expected publication: April 20th 2021 by TLS Books
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Will Bowers
Overall, this book is an incredibly mixed bag that makes some excellent points sometimes, and veers quite firmly into 'yikes' territory at others. This book could have a much tidier and coherent point if it brought up intersectionality.

Instead of intersectionality, the media concept of "Schroedinger's White" is discussed (that is that Jews are both white and not white; it depends on the observer and their agenda), which reduces the rich discussion surrounding identity that has been happening for
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Chels Patterson
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
God! It’s good.

My reading goal in general is to expand my reading to more feminist, queer, marginalized, intersectional fiction and non fiction. This book really hits almost all.

Jews Don’t Count is not just about Jews, not just about Baddiel experience, it is, but the greater idea is what racism does. What identity politics and racism does to society and politics. How by dividing us, evil, (what ever that is) wins. And would work well to inform, examine, bring into question reading about anti-r
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Neil
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A challenging, powerfully argued polemic against the way antisemitism is often dismissed or minimised by those claiming to be progressive and anti-racist. It wasn’t a comfortable read but one which, I hope, will be impossible to ignore.
Max
David Baddiel would like for this book to stimulate the conversation about antisemitism, something which is sorely needed. Despite being a prominent topic in the news, the nature, components and causes of antisemitism have been far too neglected in national media. Antisemitism manifests in all sorts of pernicious ways and often goes unnoticed or excused by people who do not consider themselves racist. If Jews Don't Count can help create an environment where these discussions are more widely held ...more
Stephen
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
This essay was very interesting and make you think and glad that Baddiel has written this book as he challenges the way racism in regard to Jews has been marginalised and ignored. think this book is a must read
Ralph Ferrett
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a superb polemic text; clearly written, brilliantly argued, with the wit you'd expect from an accomplished comedian and writer; but underpinned with a sense of righteous anger throughout.

The central thrust of the book, that Anti-Semitism is treated differently on the left, than other forms of racism is inarguable. He shows time and time again with examples of how this works; illustrated best with the section on Jewface and the different reaction to non Jewish actors playing caricatures
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Tom Burgess
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
Couldn’t recommend this book more- horrifying and profoundly eye-opening.
Simon
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If you don’t think this book is for you then this book is for you. Read it.
Dave McKee
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Racism is wrong, that much should be taken for granted. There is no form of racism that is worse than the other, right? I just assumed so.

David Baddiel, who has been a comedy hero of mine since I first watched The Mary Whitehouse Experience in 1990, challenges this assumption. In fact, he challenged a lot of my assumptions.

I am middle aged, male, middle class(ish) and white. The very epitome of white privilege. I don't consider myself a racist in anyway shape or form and don't get me wrong, read
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Casey MacKenzie
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I strongly reccomend this book to anyone committed to being anti-racist.

A direct, clear and illuminating account of antisemitism as it is experienced by Jews. I have been paying attention for some time as I have a Jewish partner, but Baddiel's book challenged and engaged me. We all have more to learn, thank you David for teaching me!

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Kc
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A straightforward & quick read exemplifying the double standards from some left progressives over how they treat antisemitism. Hopefully will be accessed by those who don't really get how ppl on 'their side' can be racist, or condone racism. ...more
Hilay Hopkins
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Makes you think about the very nature of discrimination and how unthinking we can all be.
Sleepless Dreamer
Apr 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I've spent much of the last week pissed off at the Israeli government so reading this book now wasn't the best idea as I don't need a reminder that antisemitism is very real, in addition to the sexism, homophobia, transphobia, racism, religious intolerance and general prejudice that's gaining power in my country.

I'd say this book is more like 4.5 stars but I'll round up because it's an important topic. Review to come!
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Andrew Foxley
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anyone familiar with writer and comedian David Baddiel on social media will likely be aware of his Jewish heritage, and his understandably strong feelings on the issue of anti-semitism, which has gained greater prominence in public discourse in recent times.

In this essay, he offers some thoughts on the many ways in which anti-semitism can often be overlooked by those of an otherwise ‘progressive’ mindset, something we’ve seen demonstrated time and time again - consciously or subconsciously, ther
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Shelly
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hard to describe...

This is a really good read. I say a good read because reading about racism isn’t enjoyable; however, it is necessary. David Baddiel has written a clear and concise analysis of how anti-semitism has clearly been accepted and ignored and yet, even though we know where that path leads, it is rife amongst many factions.

I used hard to describe as the title of this review because what he has written is good, it’s truthful and I would recommend it to anyone who doesn’t believe anti-
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Claire
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
A vital but flawed essay. Baddiel's hypothesis is that anti-semitism is seen as a "lesser" form of racism by many of those on the British left is indubitably true - as borne out by the events of the past few years. He's incredibly powerful when talking about the personal impact of anti-semitism on his life and the lives of British Jews. Where he's on much shakier ground is in his characterisation of white privilege, and I feel like his understanding of the concept comes almost exclusively from a ...more
what ila reads
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I don’t think I have the right words to reviews this book. I feel inadequately out of place. It makes no sense to comment some of the things I would usually mark about a book, such as the writing style and the presentations of each topic.

I picked this book up because I read in the blurb that this book is: “for people who consider themselves on the right side of history. People fighting the good fight against homophobia, disablism, transphobia and racism”.

As someone who in different way falls i
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Louise Hall
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating. Should be required reading.
Art Steventon
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If you'd said to me a few years ago, maybe 10, whether I'd need to read a book on why Anti-Semitism is a pernicious evil we need to be rid of, I'd have probably laughed at you. As someone of Jewish heritage (my mother is Jewish, my father not), I'd not really experienced any overt anti-semitism up until the last 10 years or so.
But, with a Global Financial Crash, and a skew to nationalism, we've seen the rise of the old ghosts - Anti-Semitism at the forefront.
David Baddiel has been at the forefro
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Bryony
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very clearly and wittily argued. I read it in one sitting. Essential reading for any anti-racist.
Robbie  Smith
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Jews Don't Count is a powerful, insightful, well-written and honest piece, which explores the frequently overlooked subject of anti-Semitism in modern times.

I found this book to be very informative, educational, and at some points, through Baddiel's 'no beating around the bush' way of writing, quite direct and often witty, as he delves into a subject that I was becoming increasingly aware of quite some time before this book was even announced: The lack of attention and concern for modern day ant
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Charlotte Jones
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I saw a short interview with David Baddiel on Instagram where he discusses this book and just had to pick it up. Anti-Semitism in the media and politics is something that seems to be talked about a lot more than it used to be and it’s something that I wanted to learn more about from someone who has witnessed and experienced it.

David Baddiel writes in a completely accessible way which discussed these serious topics but with a comedic edge which really worked to enhance the impact that anti-Semiti
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Dawn Marsanne
Feb 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short book, 124 pages.
Baddiel uses good examples to highlight the awful antisemitism that exists in all walks of life, sadly.
I was a little surprised about his view on Israel, where he distances himself from the country and makes a sweeping generalisation about Israelis. Considering what happened to his family I would have expected more recognition of the need for a Jewish state.
However, not everyone is a Zionist.
Archie Morrison
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Although not comprehensive with only around 120 pages, this is a very good intro into the subtle anti-Semitism in Britain and beyond.
David Ellcock
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A must read, especially for those who consider themselves left-leaning anti-racists.
Amy Khan
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I've often felt highly uncomfortable with the acceptance of anti-semitism in society and couldn't work out why it sits okay with so many people. Baddiel does a great job of writing the societal issue with anti-semitism in a translatable and immensely readable book. I finished this in one setting, wore my throat out quoting long passages to my housemate and feel I have a much clearer understanding of anti-semitism now. ...more
Gaz
Mar 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Jews Don’t Count by David Baddiel is an uncompromising polemic. Its primary premise is that the progressive left has a blind spot when it comes to antisemitism, and therefore permits a subtle form of racism to exist in its . Specifically, the progressive left is absent in its care, awareness and championing of Jews.

Baddiel is not necessarily a fan of identity politics; however, he compares and contrasts the protection it provides to other BAME community members and the lack of benefit it provide
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Libby Cooklin
Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
I didn’t agree with everything in here, but it really made me think and question my own views. Best thing I’ve read in a while.
Monica
Mar 02, 2021 added it
+ Conversational/easy to read polemic
+ Eye-opening - if you don't already know that anti-Semitism is deeply rooted in European culture
+ Felt like a passionate/genuine/personal perspective - and therefore valuable
- Twitter-centric (and consequently deals in extremes. Baddiel himself admits that Twitter is 'not the real world', but most of the book takes place there)
- Stylistically dull - lots of so-and-so said this thing on Twitter and so-and-so replied
- Superficial (not as academic as I was expe
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Paul
Mar 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Whenever we pick up a nonfiction book, I think it is because we want to expand our knowledge of any given subject. It is this innate human need to better understand our world. And over the last year or so this to me this has become more important than ever. With protest happening globally about everything from climate change to black lives matters and on to the anti lockdown and who will and won't take that vaccine. There seems to be an overload of topics for my brain to struggle to get its sel ...more
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David Lionel Baddiel is an English comedian, novelist and television presenter. Baddiel was born in New York, and moved to England when he was four months old. He grew up in grew up in Dollis Hill, Willesden, North London.

After studying at Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School in Elstree, he read English at King's College, Cambridge and graduated with a double first. He began studies for a PhD in Engl
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