Josie Ensor is a reporter at The Daily Telegraph, who used to work for the English-language Daily Star in Beirut, and periodically contributes to the The Huffington Post. Her CV notes also that she has contributed to the Guardian, but I was unable to find any such contributions by Ensor on the Guardian’s website.
Ensor came to our attention today when she evidently came across our blog and Tweeted the following.
Oh, yes. “As a Jew…”
While most of Ensor’s work is not polemical, an indication of her politics can be found in a 2009 essay she wrote for Huffington Post (cross-posted at her personal blog), where she, in a story about Gaza aid convoys, sought the sage advice of Hamas and Hezbollah supporter, George Galloway - introducing the story with the clear suggestion that Galloway’s views, that “Israel was a liability, a leech on the blood supply of the US and all countries that support it” have indeed been vindicated.
But an even more accurate barometer of just how seriously Ensor takes antisemitism can be found on her personal blog – specifically, her review of Caryl Churchill’s play, Seven Jewish Children.
In the review, Ensor breezily dismissed charges that the play was antisemitic, as an argument only coming form “pockets of critics and academics”, and indeed reverently treats the anti-Jewish agitprop as a serious meditation on Palestinian subjugation.
As Anthony Julius noted recently in a letter to the Guardian about the play:
In Trials of the Diaspora, I argue that Caryl Churchill‘s play Seven Jewish Children is antisemitic. Churchill (Letters, 4 March) denies this characterisation, writing that I rely on the line “tell her there’s dead babies, did she see babies?”.
I had in mind the following lines, among others. “Tell her we killed the babies by mistake / Don’t tell her anything about the army.” “Tell her I look at one of their children covered in blood and what do I feel? Tell her all I feel is happy it’s not her.” “Tell her I wouldn’t care if we wiped them out.” “Tell her I don’t care if the world hates us, tell her we’re better haters, tell her we’re chosen people.”
Ensor’s review concludes thusly:
A patron of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Churchill says she intended her play to be a political event, and LAU’s cast and director see the vision through with more than a little verve. The audience was handed slips of paper at the end of the performance with the message: “Dear Europe, Sorry about that cloud of ash over your heads and that you can’t travel anywhere. We feel just the same. Sincerely, Gaza.” “Seven Jewish Children” shows that fog may work to quieten [sic] the people of Gaza, but they will not be silenced. [emphasis mine]
In the closing passage of Julius’s Guardian letter, he writes:
“In this play, Jews confess to lying to their own children and killing Palestinian children. They also confess to something close to a project of genocide. And they freely acknowledge the source of their misanthropy to be Judaism itself.
None of this seems to bother Churchill”
Nor, as a Jew, does it seem to bother Josie Ensor.
- +972 and a revealing Twitter exchange between CiF Watch and a radical left Israeli Jew (cifwatch.com)
- Obama condemns Arab antisemitism in UN speech. The Guardian’s first reaction? Outrage. (cifwatch.com)
- Daniel Levy’s CiF essay on Jewish voters’ concerns with US Israel policy cites influence of Jews’ media megaphone (cifwatch.com)
- Antisemitism: the real issue in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict that dare not speak its name (cifwatch.com)
- Another CiF columnist accuses Jewish lobby in the U.S. of stifling debate about Israel (cifwatch.com)
- Guardian publishes letter by Tony Greenstein suggesting comparison between anti-Israel protests & those against Nazis (cifwatch.com)
- The Guardian’s Michael White takes thinly vieled antisemitic swipe at Sasha Baron Cohen (cifwatch.com)