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Those Who Forget the Past: The Question of Anti-Semitism Paperback – May 11, 2004
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It is with pain that Melanie Phillips writes, "Want to make yourself, really, really unpopular if you're a Jew? Try saying that the world is witnessing a terrifying firestorm of hatred directed at Israel and the Jewish people in which the Europeans are deeply implicated"; it is with pain that Edward Said writes that "There is now a creeping, nasty wave of anti-Semitism insinuating itself into our political thought and rhetoric...When I mentioned the Holocaust in an article I wrote here last November I received more vilification than I thought possible.." The pain these authors feel is evident; so evident that the reader will need to take breaks from this book. Frequent breaks. For the pictures it paints-from the European, American, Arab, or Israeli perspectives are not pretty ones. They are ugly as only racism can be ugly.
But the authors of this book do not flinch from this ugliness; they stare it in the face. They expose it for what it is. They do not hide it behind euphemisms and double standards; they assure it that (as Harold Evans puts it) "There are things which are bad, and false, and ugly, and no amount of specious casuistry will make them good or true or beautiful.Read more ›
The book, which begins with an excellent introduction by Ron Rosenbaum, is a superb collection of ideas and thoughts. One of the essays that impressed me the most was by Tom Gross, describing the ghastly reporting by the British media of the events in Jenin in April, 2002. Until I read this article, I just couldn't believe that the folks at the Guardian would abandon all journalistic standards just to hurt a few Jews by spouting some absurd lies about Israel. After all, no matter what they thought about Jews or Israel, these people were professionals who I thought were unlikely to wish to destroy the good reputation the Guardian had so carefully built up. Such destruction would cost them money! But this article showed me that they had indeed turned the Guardian into something far less valuable than it had been in the past (perhaps thinking that such an approach would appear more sensational and improve their sales).
I also especially enjoyed the articles by Paul Berman, Robert Wistrich, Gabriel Schoenfeld, Ruth Wisse, Melanie Phillips, Joshua Muravchik, Martin Peretz, Cynthia Ozick, Fiamma Nirenstein, and Bernard Lewis. And of course, I had to read the essay by Daniel Gordis that started "Dear Jill." No, it wasn't to me, it was to Jill Jacobs. But it was a scary look into the politics of a graduating rabbinical student.Read more ›
Instead we see a new improbable combination of Extreme Right and Extreme Left.
In this collection of fifty essays a good share of which are of very high quality a very serious exploration of this anti- Semitism is made. The book contains the work of the most respected people working in various areas, such as Bernard Lewis surveying the world of Islam's Anti- Semitism ,Paul Berman and Melanie Philips looking at New- Left Anti- Semitism, Dr.David Zangen an eyewitness telling of the blood- libel in the alleged Jenin massacre, Gabriel Schoenfeld on Israel and the Anti- Semites,Ruth Wisse on the consequences of ignoring Anti- Semitism.
The supposed seed of this work was Rosenbaum's reading Philip Roth's ' Operation Shylock' and considering the possibility of a 'Second Holocaust' And it is clear, and I am not sure that this is explored fully enough in this volume that the real aim of Arab Anti- Semitism anyway is the delegitimization of Israel that would lead to its destruction. In other words the new Anti-Semitism does not like the Nazi- brand focus on killing every Jew everywhere in the hope of eliminating Jews completely from the world. Its real aim is to eliminate the Jewish state, and in so doing eliminate the Jews from any place of their own in the world, and any power of their own in History.Read more ›
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Exceptionallly well-written and a powerful collection of essays and pieces about the nature of anti-Semitism
and its consequences in the Middle East, Europe, the United States... Read more
In modesty the book's editor Ron Rosenbaum suggests skipping his introduction for the other essays in the book. Read morePublished on July 7, 2014 by L. King
Published in 2004 in the 4th year of the Palestinian terror war against the Israeli population, known by the terrorists as the Al Aqsa Intifada. Read morePublished on May 4, 2013 by Gary Selikow
criticism of Israel is it anti-Semitism?
For example, I am a palestinian who lost his home, which was given to three jewish families came from Morocco, by force, and hence I... Read more
With so many studies of anti-Semitism available, the choice of an overview of the central issues is daunting. Read morePublished on November 24, 2006 by John Harpur
It never went away. It was hiding in the West, but in the Arab World it has been very prevalent and open throughout the last few decades. Read morePublished on June 14, 2006 by Peter Uys