Senior Indy editor accuses Jewish establishment of “perpetuating rape culture”

Late last year, the Independent hired Rivkah Brown, a supporter of Jeremy Corbyn and self-professed “non-Zionist Jew”, as Senior Commissioning Editor and Columnist.  Brown is also an activist for ‘Na’amod: British Jews Against the Occupation’, an organisation that, in May 2018, organised a protest in which young Jews recited the Jewish mourning prayer for the fatalities of a Gaza border riot – most of whom were affiliated with Hamas.

Since her appointment as Indy senior editor, she’s used her position to attack the Jewish right, the Jewish establishment and others she deems enemies of progress, both on the pages of the Indy and on Twitter.

In one tweet early in the year, for example, she bizarrely suggested our blog was somehow responsible for the Labour Party’s decision to adopt the IHRA working definition of antisemitism.

In another tweet, she legitimised comments by a Labour MP charging that Zionism is “the enemy of peace”:

And, in an especially insidious tweet, she charged that the mainstream British media is cowed by the Jewish media into adopting a critical stance against Corybn – out of fear of being branded antisemitic.

In the most recent example, she engages in an especially ugly smear.

Brown paints the entire Jewish establishment as perpetuating rape culture, based entirely on two incidents by two Jewish individuals – neither of which, by the way, have any merit.  Pollard’s piece doesn’t even minimally try to minimize the seriousness of rape, but merely gives a positive review of Woody Allen’s autobiography whilst also noting the evidence undermining charges by Mia Farrow that the filmmaker raped her daughter.

The other example involves Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, senior rabbi to the Reform Movement, who has been criticised for using her position to defend her late father, who was accused of rape.

Criticism of Janner-Klausner may or may not have merit, but the assertion that the actions of her and Pollard represent evidence that the Jewish establishment is “perpetuating rape culture” is preposterous.  Brown’s charge is baseless, and maligns not only mainstream Jewish institutions as guilty of providing succor for the horror of sexual violence, but, arguably – especially in the minds of anti-Semites – the broader Jewish community as well.

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6 replies on “Senior Indy editor accuses Jewish establishment of “perpetuating rape culture””
  1. The assertion that Laura Janner-Klausner would perpetuate rape culture is particularly ridiculous for anyone who knows her. I’ve known her since we were students in the UK in the 1970s. She’s a wonderful person who drives me mad with her longstanding adherence to all the shibboleths of the contemporary left, including feminism. Even to consider her a supporter of “rape culture” shows a total loss of contact with reality on the level of considering Mr. Trump a possible supporter of socialism.

  2. says: Dani

    This reminds me of the SF academic who wrote that IDF soldiers are “racist “ because they do not “rape” Arabs.

  3. says: Neil C

    The Indy must be desperate to employ a well known political activist as a ‘Senior Commissioning Editor and Columnist’, I am surprised she did not get a good job at the BBC or is that next?

  4. says: Paul Leslie

    Note also with this odious individual the way she calls herself ‘Rivkah’ and not ‘Rebecca’
    – to give greater credibility to her lies and calumnies by making herself appear more ‘Jewish’.

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