Orwell’s evolving views on Jews

Orwell’s antisemitic streak is the most painful thing I have written about, because I am a great admirer of Orwell.

October 17, 2019 20:57
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English writer George Orwell said that the Hungarian-born writer Arthur Koestler was “treacherous” in leaving Britain, because he was offended with its “Palestine” policy. Thus Orwell wrote to Koestler’s sister-in-law, Celia Kirwan, around the time of Israeli independence.

Orwell acknowledged that Koestler was bitter about Britain’s policy on Palestine, but asked, what did Koestler expect? A good answer would be that if the British had heeded US President Harry Truman’s 1946 request to Great Britain – that 100,000 displaced European Jews be permitted to enter the Holy Land – the entire Middle Eastern situation might have been defused.


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