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March 2, 2004
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The chairman of Britain’s governing Labor Party was accused of using an anti-Semitic slur. Ian McCartney called the finance spokesman of the opposition Conservative Party, Oliver Letwin, who is Jewish, “a Fagin.” Rabbi Jonathan Romain said the reference to the Jewish thief in Dickens’ “Oliver Twist” was “highly offensive,” adding that “consciously or otherwise it is a reference to Mr. Letwin’s faith rather than his politics.”

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