The fightback by Lord Levy's friends continued yesterday with the Jewish Board of Deputies joining the growing clamour that the Labour peer was being undermined in the cash-for-honours affair by anti-Semitic forces.
The editor of the Jewish Chronicle, which has devoted four pages of its present issue to Tony Blair's personal fund-raiser, joined in by accusing unnamed figures in Downing Street of being happy to see the deliberate scapegoating of the "Jewish money man".
The carefully choreographed offensive came at the end of another remarkable week in the 11-month police inquiry. An emotional Lord Levy, who has been arrested twice but not charged, issued a statement condemning a series of leaks about the investigation and objecting to trial by media.
The spectre of anti-Semitism was also raised by David Rowan, the editor of the Jewish Chronicle, who said: "Some of the media coverage seems to glorify aspects of the case that are Jewish.
"Why have some newspapers informed us his middle name is Abraham. his parents were devout Jews and that he met the Prime Minister at a party thrown by the Israeli embassy?"