A Menorah ‘vandalised’? Sorry, not convinced

December 9, 2021

by Martin Odoni

One corner of Twitter is in uproar, and getting rather miffed at suddenly not getting any attention, after years of its tantrums being front-and-centre. They are a group of people who seem to have forgotten that the credibility of their grievances is measured exclusively in how damaging they are to the left wing of the Labour Party.

Zionists are upset at the news in Camden Town that the Primrose Hill Chanukia – a Menorah put up to mark the Jewish festival of Chanukah – was found damaged on Wednesday this week. I fully understand people being upset at seeing this. Indeed, I am upset at seeing it. Although I am irreligious, I am Jewish by birth, so it is difficult for me not to feel upset by it. But at the same time, the reaction is going a bit far a bit too quickly in some quarters.

The Primrose Hill Chanukia (Menorah to celebrate the festival of Chanukha) was found damaged on Wednesday morning

Police are investigating this as a possible Hate Crime, and the angry, bitter assumption raging across the aforementioned small corner of Twitter is that the Chanukia was vandalised by anti-Semites.

Now, let me stress that I am not saying that vandalism is impossible, and if it turns out that it was vandalism, I certainly do not defend the perpetrator in the slightest. But it does say something about the current paranoia among British Jews – especially Zionist Jews – due to years of irresponsible scaremongering by the Jewish Chronicle, pro-Israel groups, and Zionist social media trolls, that most of them see this and just assume it must be anti-Semitism-fuelled vandalism. Do not get me wrong, it might be, but from what I can see, it looks the least likely plausible explanation.

Given this happened overnight during the not-very-small matter of ‘Storm Barra‘ battering Great Britain and Ireland like a gigantic, drenched-through mop, another explanation looks more convincing. I am open to seeing evidence to the contrary, yes, but so far I have seen none. For me, from the photographs published, it looks rather likelier that the Chanukia was simply blown over in the storm, whose winds were above 50mph over the capital on the night.

No damage apart from the snap at the joint halfway along the spine. No heavy-blow dents, no hate messages scrawled on in marker pen, no Menorah ‘branches’ snapped off. If this really was vandalism, it was a bit half-hearted.

For one thing, you look at the damage to the Chanukia, and athough its central column has snapped at the joint, there is little other harm to point to. There are no visible dents from it being repeatedly struck by anything. The lights are all over the floor, but the high winds alone would account for that, while the Menorah ‘branches’ appear completely untouched, bar only some slight warping consistent with a ground collision. The full decoration was raised on a metal slab which is tilted in a way that looks like it was toppled over.

The Camden Rabbi, Yossi Baitz, claims that he weighed down the metal slab with sandbags. Okay, maybe someone stole the sandbags, and shame on them if they did. But again, is that definitely vandalism driven by Jew-hate? There was a storm going on. They may have been desperate to wad their doors with something that would stop floodwater seeping in. That does not justify theft of course, but it would hardly constitute a Hate Crime.

Vandalism is possible, but this is more consistent with storm damage

As is so often the case with these things, I do wish people would wait for a full investigation to be carried out before they draw angry conclusions. To repeat, I am drawing no conclusions as yet, and I do not discount vandalism. But from what I can see of the ‘scene-of-the-crime’, and application of Occam’s Razor, the storm looks the likeliest guilty party.

You may agree or not, but it says something about the mindless, tribal hysteria this country is caught up in that so few people are capable of enough critical thinking even to consider alternative explanations. Just for pointing this one out, I have been accused on Twitter of being “a Jew who hates his own.” This is not only paranoid and intolerant-of-dissent, but also bizarre, given the explanation does not reflect on Jews one way or the other. It just concedes the possibility that gentiles may not be to blame for every bit of misfortune Jewish people might experience.

Is allowing for such a possibility really so far-fetched?

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