Let’s start with the facts: Chagall was born in 1887 in a Jewish ‘shtetl’ in… Belarus. NOT Russia at all. Admittedly, Belarus was, at the time, part of the Russian Empire. If that makes Chagall ‘Russian’ or ‘Russian-born’, then I guess Mahatma Gandhi (born in 1869 in what was then the British Empire) ought to be described as ‘British’ or ‘British-born’!
|Was Chagall Jewish?|
Not according to the British Broadcasting Corporation...
|Norman Finkelstein demonstrating the Nazi salute|
for the benefit of a Danish documentary
Interestingly, here is how the British Broadcasting Corporation promotes its interview with Finkelstein:
"American presidents have long been criticised for being too in thrall to the Jewish lobby. So what happens if American Jews fall out of love with Israel?That's it. No hint that ‘the Jewish lobby’ is an anti-Semitic invention, the ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion,’ version 2.0. On the other hand, the BBC casts this one deranged individual in the role of spokesperson for the American Jewry! After all, he is 'Jewish American', isn't he?
That’s what the Jewish American academic Norman Finkelstein claims is happening. He says they are now so unhappy with what Israel is doing that they want to distance themselves from the country."
Perhaps one of BBC’s many editorial committees, commissions, units, teams and boards would care to explain to Corporation’s owners (licence fee payers like myself) by what logic it decided to describe Marc Chagall as ‘Russian’ and Norman Finkelstein as ‘Jewish’. What’s going on on your planet, BBC?? Because on this planet it seems rather obvious that Chagall was Jewish; while Finkelstein might best be described as ‘Jewish-born’.