The Daily Mail reported today:
“Newspaper forced to apologize over anti-Semitic clue in crossword puzzle
- Tribune Media Services newspapers printed a crossword clue where the three-letter answer for Shakespeare’s ‘Shylock’ was ‘Jew’
- In response the Anti-Defamation League asked the paper to print an apology and refrain from using clues that perpetuate negative Jewish stereotypes
- The paper issued an apology and promised not to print the clue again”
I would suggest to remove the word Jew from the English language in order to avoid future conflict with the powerful ADL. I would also recommend to avoid using the words: chosen, occupier, colonialist, Zionist, oppressor, Israel, Dershowitz, Madoff, capital, money, communism, socialism, Talmud, Neocon, Palestine, moral intervention, justice, peace and Iraq.
These words are clearly offensive to some and surely we do not want to hurt anyone.
And here is Shylock in Yiddish, this is the kosher version:
Gilad Atzmon is an Israeli-born British jazz saxophonist, novelist, political activist and writer.
Atzmon’s album Exile was BBC jazz album of the year in 2003. Playing over 100 dates a year, he has been called “surely the hardest-gigging man in British jazz.” His albums, of which he has recorded nine to date, often explore the music of the Middle East and political themes. He has described himself as a “devoted political artist.” He supports the Palestinian right of return and the one-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
His criticisms of Zionism, Jewish identity, and Judaism, as well as his controversial views on The Holocaust and Jewish history have led to allegations of antisemitism from both Zionists and anti-Zionists. A profile in The Guardian in 2009 which described Atzmon as “one of London’s finest saxophonists” stated: “It is Atzmon’s blunt anti-Zionism rather than his music that has given him an international profile, particularly in the Arab world, where his essays are widely read.”