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This passionate, highly personal jeremiad by noted feminist Chesler (Women and Madness) addresses what she sees as a re-emergence of virulent anti-Jewish hatred cloaked in "political correctness," closely linked to anti-American attitudes, sustained by many liberal feminists, intellectuals and Jewish leftists, acted upon by Islamic terrorists and jihadists, and fueled by a "demonization of Jews" in the media. One of the main thrusts of Chesler's argument is that in our contemporary world anti-Zionism is nearly inseparable from anti-Semitism, and that while there are valid criticisms to be made of Israeli policies-for instance, she sees the West Bank settlements as an impediment to peace-many of these critiques are, she contends, rooted in a profound and socially accepted anti-Semitism. This is definitely not intended as a scholarly work, but it too often undercuts itself when its author intends to be provocative-"African-Americans (not Jews) are the Jews in America but Jews are the world's niggers"; "a politically correct madness seems to have hijacked most North American universities"; often her analogies shock rather than illuminate. At times Chesler's passion leads her to extravagant rhetoric-"today, Ghenghis [sic] Khan has megabombs, Attila the Hun has biological and nuclear weaponry." This is an important topic and open public discourse is vital, but Chesler's tone and lack of intellectual rigor will not help her ideas to be heard by those who do not already agree with her.
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"The new anti-Semitism is the marriage of the evil far-right to the slavering far-left. It is ugly and it is increasingly ubiquitous." "An additional reason you should read Chesler's book is her writing. While much of the book provides historical accounts of the old and the new anti-Semitisms, all of these reflections come in Chesler's inimitable style: conversational, dramatic, engaging." "For those who finally realize they are not getting the full story from the mainstream media, Chesler offers a panoply of web sites to visit for accurate information." "This book is not just a road map, it is a survival tool." --Lori Lowenthal Marcus, The Jewish Press
When I began reading Professor Phyllis Chesler's updated book "The New Anti-Semitism", I seemed to hear a collective sigh saying "this hasn't come a minute too soon." And thanks to the excellent research and prophetic analysis of the acclaimed author, lecturer and activist, the reader is afforded the necessary context and perspective with which to understand the invidious phenomenon of contemporary Jew hatred. --Fern Sidman, Israel National News
The author takes to task those who spout anti-Semitism. She calls out the radical racists. She castigates the media. She skewers academics who deride Israel and do not entertain the idea that Israel is defending itself.
And then Phyllis Chesler gives her read¬ers tools with which they, too, can combat anti-Semitism. She provides a list of suggested reading, internet resources, and even films.
This is a book well worth reading and taking to heart. --Micah D. Halpern, Jewish Book Council
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to forget the horrors suffered by the women in the Islamic world and, instead, push them to demonize and boycott the Jewish State where women live under western standard. It is a journey for the author and for the reader and it will be completed to date reading her next book: Living History.
When I say the “rest of the world”, I mean that quite literally. As history as shown us time and time again, there always seems to be an infuriating hatred against the Jewish people. Why? Search me. We’re talking about a race of people who have spent their entire history being abused, persecuted, humiliated, and regularly killed for no other reason than their identity as being Jewish. What aids in the author’s anger is that she identifies herself as a leftist feminist, yet feels many of this crowd shares the same hatred towards Jews, Israel, Zionism, etc. So she rightly feels betrayed. How can people “on her side” be so prejudiced as well?
I really enjoyed this book, but couldn’t help thinking that if she would have taken a few deep breaths from time to time, the material could have been presented a bit better. She pulls no punches. Quite often she opens up a paragraph with “Let me say again…..” or “Let me be perfectly clear….”, so it’s quite obvious she feels quite exasperated. I would not want to challenge this woman to an argument. I must say again, that such sentiments are entirely justified based on history, and the perceived resistance by many to do anything differently.
She spends a good amount of time pointing the finger at everyone throughout history – Arabs, Christians, Fascists, Liberals, etc. since all parties have, in fact, been guilty at one time or another of fierce anti-Semitism. Throughout much of the book, she basically details a dirty laundry list of many key figures, countries, and governments and all of their offenses. Despite her anger, she’s quite fair in her assessments, and does tend to look at everything rationally. Example: She acknowledges that the United States has been guilty of crimes in the past – whether it be slavery, colonization, the treatment of Native Americans, or anti-Semitism, but she points out that one really needs to grade on a curve when looking at a country’s history. America, like Israel, is definitely guilty of some crimes during its existence, but when matched up with its charitable contributions and philanthropic efforts, it’s very clear that rational people really shouldn’t be demonizing nations that do so much good for the world.
I also enjoyed the fact that she rarely mentions God, or quote scriptures throughout the book. I only say this because it’s easy for one to be skeptical of Israel since they identify themselves as “God’s chosen people”. Secularists will argue that this doesn’t matter (some would call the claim ludicrous), yet Chesler shows us that Jews throughout history have never used the “God is with us” argument to grab what they want, and they continue to be persecuted regardless. In other words, God or no God, there’s no excuse to not give Israel what is rightly theirs, and was taken away from them millennia ago in barbaric fashion.
Speaking of God, I felt that this book makes a very strong case for the Judeo-Christian deity. How else can such a tiny underdog persevere under such conditions unless they have a higher power on their side?? You would think civilized people would cheer and rally to the Jewish cause, but alas, this is not to be. Perhaps because Israel and/or the Jewish community has persevered and triumphed so many times is what makes so many cynical “intellectuals” hate them? How dare a country keep winning wars that other people start.
I really didn’t read anything here “new” about the “new” anti-Semitism. It’s the same old same old, the author just sadly reminds us that nothing has gotten better and, in many cases, gotten worse. Perhaps I’m more of an optimist, but in the circles that I frequent, most are not oblivious to the situation, and apart from the occasional crabby celebrity who doesn’t have a clue as to what he is talking about (Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters comes to mind), most seem to rally behind Israel’s cause. Even Howard Stern.
A good book, yet frustrating at times. Not because of the author’s literary screaming in-your-face diatribes, but because so much still hasn’t changed, and too many ignorant “intellectuals” still can’t quite eradicate their obvious anti-Semitic attitudes.