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From Ambivalence to Betrayal: The Left, the Jews, and Israel (Studies in Antisemitism) Hardcover – June 1, 2012
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In telling his story, Professor Wistrich goes deeply into the history of European movements and ideas of the 19th and 20th centuries. The details often make painful reading. I am happy to have this new volume on my book shelves, where it shares space with a number of Wistrich's earlier books, and also with the books of other scholars (for instance Anthony Julius's "The Trials of the Diaspora"). This body of work is our first line of defense against the premier malice of our time, the doctrine that calls itself "anti-Zionism" but is in fact anti-Judaism writ large.
I do have a small proviso: The story as a whole depends on its treatment of detail. And in its function as a work of reference, easy access to the details is essential. Yet the index, which should be a key to this detail, is woefully inadequate. Many of the phenomena that are described in the book (for example the British let-wing movements Respect and the Socialist Workers Party, among many others) cannot be found in the index.
This book couldn't come at a more critical time. Hostility towards religion (except Islam), class-hate (the one percent vs. the 99%), anti-capitalism (Occupy Wall Street & Obamunism), and Israel's political isolation are alive and well in Left-wing circles today. If the Socialist Left consolidates even more power in the coming years, pray that history does not repeat itself!