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Monday, 24 September 2012

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Mannie Sherberg
Ambrose Bierce -- one of America's most brilliant students of English -- once defined "noise" as "a stench in the ear." Interestingly, one of the oldest of all antisemitic slurs is that Jews -- like the Devil himself -- exude a foul stench; another standard antisemitic trope is that Jews are loud -- and thus crude and unrefined -- people. In a word, noisy. Indeed, our two words "noisy" (which means loud and intrusive) and "noisome" (which means foul-smelling and offensive) are frequently mis-used as synonyms. Could it be that Obama has -- consciously or unconsciously -- revealed to us the antisemitism that lurks behind all of his pronouncements on the Middle East? Could he be telling us that whenever he hears a speech or even a comment from Bibi Netanyahu, he thinks of those noisy, foul-smelling Jews -- and just tries to ignore the stinking clamor? Our language -- whether we realize it or not -- doth give us away.

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