Being acutely aware that other comment might be (wrongly) assumed to display anti-semitic tendencies, I will refrain from voicing more doubts and queries.
These days one is left with the feeling that any discussion of Jewish matters by non-Jewish people, particularly Europeans, is considered anti-semitic. So any academic discussion of a newly proposed history is best not made. Let us just accept it and rewrite history.
Frank, what makes you think it's only the 'non-Jewish' people who are being accused of anti-semitism?
But I mustn't go there
IMHO this is not yet a cafe topic, as it is indeed about glass! It may of necessity wander into other areas, but in the first instance it was the hebrewhistory writings about Jewish (or 'semitic' - and let's not forget that not all semites are / were Jews
) glass makers which was raised!
My personal objection is to the (both Jewish and non-Jewish) tendency to make statements about "The Jews" as a conglomerate mass. It seems to me that some of the people
mentioned in the article about making glass also happened to be Jewish.
It's only if we stray into discussion of the writer's motives
that we are in danger of moving into cafe talk. But that's just my take on it