The Daily Telegraph, Britain's centre-right mass-circulation newspaper, today carries a review of Rachel Shabi's new book - unpromisingly titled 'Israel's humiliating discrimination against Arab Jews' - about the discrimination faced in Israel by Jews from Arab countries, Not the enemy.
The reviewer calls the book 'eye-opening', 'sobering' and 'disturbing and important'. He seems to nod in horrified agreement at Shabi's catalogue of humilations inflicted on Mizrahi Jews by Ashkenazim (European Jews). They were made to feel 'excluded' and 'inferior.'
What's more, Ms Shabi must know what she is writing about: she is after all the descendant of Iraqi Jews herself.
But this is no ordinary reviewer. This is Gerald Jacobs, literary editor of the Jewish Chronicle.
He hardly attempts to challenge Shabi's narrative that the Mizrahi migration to Israel was 'imposed by Zionist pressure and even acts of sabotage' (Ah yes, those Zionist bombs).
One would have expected of a man in Jacobs' shoes to know that, as I have already pointed out, Israeli popular culture is today dominated by Mizrahi influences. The stories of discrimination belong in the 1950s. Intermarriage is rife, and Mizrahim have reached the highest echelons of power. Jacobs does not even sniff a whiff of tendentiousness in Shabi's anti-Zionism and her downplaying of Arab antisemitism - curiously it largely seems to begin in 1948 - nor does he question her spurious assumption that Jews from the Middle East are really Arabs.
If this is what we can expect from an editor of the leading organ of British Jewry, Lord help us.
Crossposted at Z-word blog.
Adam Kirsh's review at the New Republic
Benjamin Balint in the National
Miriam Halahmy in the Jewish Chronicle
A hidden story with preconceived notions
Richard Crowley in the Irish Times
Daphna Baram in the Guardian