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J.K. Rowling's new novel includes anti-Semite villain

Sept. 23, 2018 2:43 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 24, 2018 11:16 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The “Harry Potter” author, J.K. Rowling, included a character in her newest novel, whose obsessive anti-Zionism morphs into anti-Semitism, following several months of her warning about the dangers of anti-Semitism in the United Kingdom.

Rowling’s newest novel, “Lethal White,” features a pair of far-left political activists who believe “Zionists are evil and have a stranglehold on Western governments.”

The novel talks about an extortionist, Jimmy Knight, whose extreme hatred of Israel has led him to hate Jews.

Knight’s ex-wife tells a detective “He doesn’t like them (Jews). 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.”

Rowling’s newest novel comes amid alleged anti-Semitism in the UK, in reference to Britain’s Labour Party’s leader ,Jeremy Corbyn, being accused of anti-Semitism and insensitivity towards Jews.

In August, UK's former chief rabbi, Jonathan Sacks, called Corbyn an anti-Semite and revealed comments from 2013 said by Corbyn about Zionists, which included a comment such as "British Zionists don't understand English irony despite having lived in this country for a very long time."

However, Corbyn, a campaigner for Palestinian rights, recently pledged to eradicate anti-Semitism.

It is noteworthy, that a recent poll in Britain's Jewish Chronicle found that almost 40% of British Jews would seriously consider emigrating if Corbyn becomes prime minister.

Rowling defended British Jews following outrage over Corbyn’s comments and tweeted on her Twitter account “What other minority would you speak to this way?” she posted, before quoting from Jean-Paul Sartre’s essay “Anti-Semite and Jew.”

In 2015, Rowling also declined to endorse open letters calling for cultural and academic boycotts of Israel, which was signed by over 1,000 British authors and opinion leaders, instead, she joined some 150 artists in writing an alternative letter opposing singling out Israel.

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