Theodor Herzl in Basel, 1897. Image: The Bettman Archive via Wikimedia Commons
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Louise Mensch accidentally calls the father of modern Zionism an anti-Semite

Yet another type-first-think-later gaffe from the former MP for Corby.

Oh dear. Louise Mensch is (rightly) worried about the rise of anti-Semitism again in the wake of the crisis in Gaza, but she has a funny way of showing it:

(And a screenshot in case she deletes it.)

Herzl isn't on Twitter, but he did write and publish Der Judenstaat (The Jewish State) in 1896 and Altneuland (The Old New Land) in 1902, the key texts of the modern Zionist movement, arguing that European Jews should move to the land that is now Israel and create their own state. The second-largest city in Israel, Tel Aviv, is named after the title of the Hebrew translation of Altneuland. Ah well. Can't win them all, Louise.

I'm a mole, innit.

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The NS Podcast #125: Security and the State

The New Statesman podcast.

This week Jason Cowley interviews the philosopher John Gray about the future of Europe. We also discuss the spending review, the tampon tax, and finish up with Stephen Bush's joke of the week. (Helen Lewis, Anoosh Chakelian, Stephen Bush, Barbara Speed, Jason Cowley, John Gray)

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