HOW JEWISH IS…

The Jewish Chronicle - - Features -

LORD TRIES­MAN? The se­ries in which we in­ves­ti­gate the Semitic qual­i­ties (or oth­er­wise) of some­one in the news Lord Tries­man, the FA chair­man, has been se­lected to head Eng­land’s bid to host the 2018 World Cup. We in­ves­ti­gate his haimishe cre­den­tials. AGAINST: Lord Tries­man — that sounds quite aris­to­cratic. Apart from a cou­ple of Roth­schilds here and there, Jews don’t tend to be barons. In his for­mer ca­reer, Tries­man was gen­eral sec­re­tary of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Uni­ver­sity Teach­ers — the one that tried to ban Is­raeli aca­demics. Not looking good, here. FOR: Lord Tries­man is not an aris­to­crat, but rather a Labour politi­cian el­e­vated to the House of Lords. His par­ents may have been Com­mu­nists and athe­ists, but they were Jewish Com­mu­nists, and Tries­man was brought up to ob­serve both in­ter­na­tional work­ers’ hol­i­days and Yom Kip­pur. He comes from Tot­ten­ham, which may not be North Lon­don’s most haimishe area, but then again he does sup­port Spurs — the coun­try’s most haimishe foot­ball club. He works in the higher ech­e­lons of foot­ball, which is a very Jewish oc­cu­pa­tion — just look at who runs Arse­nal, Spurs, Chelsea, Portsmouth, Manch­ester United, As­ton Villa...

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