HOW JEWISH IS…

The se­ries in which we in­ves­ti­gate the Semitic qual­i­ties (or oth­er­wise) of some­one in the news

The Jewish Chronicle - - FEATURES - BERNIE EC­CLE­STONE?

You may have read in a cer­tain Sun­day tabloid about the al­leged an­tics of For­mula 1 pres­i­dent Max Mosley in a Nazi-themed brothel. His col­league Bernie Ec­cle­stone, who con­trols the com­mer­cial side of For­mula 1, has stood by him. But could Ec­cle­stone be Jewish? FOR: An ar­ti­cle in The Times de­scribed Ec­cle­stone as a “Jewish busi­ness­man”. On what ba­sis? The pa­per claims that Jewish web­sites claim him as a Jew. This is cor­rect — a web­site called www. ad­her­ents .com does in­deed in­clude Ec­cle­stone in its list of prom­i­nent Jews. Ec­cle­stone is small — pos­si­bly a ge­netic thing em­a­nat­ing from his Ashke­nazi an­tecedents. Bernie is some­times a Jewish name. Also, some Jews like flash cars. AGAINST: There is no real cor­rob­o­ra­tive ev­i­dence for Ec­cle­stone’s kosher cre­den­tials. Ac­cord­ing to the bi­og­ra­phy writ­ten by Terry Lovell, Ec­cle­stone’s par­ents were mar­ried in church. He hails from the ham­let of South Elmham St Peter in Suf­folk — not ex­actly the heart­land. He left school at 16 to work at the lo­cal gas­works, which in 1946 would not have been con­sid­ered a par­tic­u­larly ap­pro­pri­ate oc­cu­pa­tion for a Jewish boy. He mar­ried a Catholic Croa­t­ian wo­man, Slav­ica, and quite pos­si­bly has never en­tered a syn­a­gogue in his life. VER­DICT: He may well be Jewish, but if so, he has done a won­der­ful cover-up job.

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