In her new novel, J.K. Rowling warns against anti-Zionism/anti-Semitism (& Is 1984 here?)

September 21, 2018

Pyotr Verzilov (right) of the Russian pro-democracy group Pussy Riot, who was poisoned earlier this month, with Tom Gross (left). Item below



[Note by Tom Gross]

As I noted earlier this year, in a series of posts to her 14.4 million Twitter followers, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has stepped up her warnings about the dangers of anti-Semitism in Britain, as Jeremy Corbyn and his allies have taken increasing control over the British Labour party.

She already felt strongly about the subject even before that, co-signing this letter that I helped draft and organize in 2015.

Now she has extended her warnings to her new novel titled “Lethal White,” part of her Cormoran Strike mystery series which she writes under the pen name Robert Galbraith.

The villain in her new book is a leftist political activist, Jimmy Knight, who advocates conspiracy theories about “Zionists” (i.e. Jews).

“I wouldn’t trust him if it was anything to do with Jews,” Knight’s ex-wife tells a detective in the book. “He doesn’t like them. Israel’s the root of all evil, according to Jimmy. Zionism: I got sick of the bloody sound of the word. You’d think they’d suffered enough,” she says of Jews.

A poll this month found that nearly 40 percent of British Jews would seriously consider emigrating if Corbyn became prime minister.


These other items concern human rights in general. (I already posted them on Facebook a few days ago.)

IS 1984 HERE?

Perhaps everyone should read this article about impending total state control in China, using modern technology.

Is this coming soon to your country too?



I also think we owe it to the two brave local Burmese Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who earlier this month were jailed for seven years in Myanmar for daring to report on a massacre of Rohingya Muslims, to read their remarkable report here:

The US, Canada, Australia and the European Union have all condemned their jailing.

More than 700,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar to bordering Bangladesh after a campaign of rape and murder by the Myanmar government, which is led by Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace laureate.

A year ago I criticized the western media – in particular the BBC, The Financial Times, The Economist and The New York Times – for either not covering what was going on or burying the news on inside pages.

But since then there has been much more substantial coverage in these news outlets, though still not really outstanding on-the-ground reporting of the kind we have see on Britain’s Sky News, for example.



I wish a swift and full recovery to Pyotr Verzilov, who was flown to Germany earlier this week for specialist medical treatment. Pyotr made a pro-democracy protest in the recent World Cup football final in Russia in July. He was poisoned in Moscow eight days ago, partially losing his sight, speech and ability to walk. He remains critically ill.

Pyotr is a central activist in the Russian pro-democracy group and band Pussy Riot, and is the former husband of lead Pussy Riot singer Nadya Tolokonnikova, who was previously imprisoned in Siberia.

I’ve had dinner with Pyotr Verzilov in the past, and found him to be charming, upbeat, committed, bright and brave.

He is being advised that he may be killed if he returns to Russia, and may now move to Canada, which has previously granted him citizenship.


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