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Jewish Preaching in Times of War, 1800 - 2001$
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Marc Saperstein

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781906764401

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906764401.001.0001

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The Falklands Crisis

The Falklands Crisis

(p.508) Chapter Thirty-Two The Falklands Crisis
Jewish Preaching in Times of War, 1800 - 2001

Colin Eimer

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses a sermon based on the Falkland Islands War. Like many of his colleagues, Colin Eimer felt the need to address issues arising from the war in one of his sabbath sermons. Several themes emerge from the text, but its central point is the condemnation of the jingoistic sentiments stoked by tabloid journalism. The preacher identifies a ‘brutalising process’ that tends to dehumanize the enemy and expose every presentation of a viewpoint that diverges from the government position to vituperative attack — as revealed by the firestorm of protest in the media and the House of Commons that followed the statement by a high BBC official that the grief felt by Argentine widows of sailors killed in action was no less painful and tragic than the grief felt by British widows. The preacher takes his stand in defence of this statement, insisting that despite the abhorrent policies of the Argentine government, the enemy soldiers and their loved ones are as fully human as one's own.

Keywords:   Colin Eimer, Falklands crisis, Falkland Islands War, London, tabloid journalism, dehumanization, Argentina, enemy soldiers

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