A timely analysis of the new antisemitism, by the historian who defeated Holocaust denier David Irving in court.
What is antisemitism? Does it come from the right or the left? Is anti-Zionism the same as antisemitism? Are there different kinds of antisemites? And what can be done to combat this extremely damaging racist ideology?
Antisemitism has been on the rise worldwide for the last ten years. From violent white-nationalist protests in Charlottesville, USA, to attacks on synagogues across Europe and the US, and from the targeting of Jewish students at American universities to the antisemitism row raging in the British Labour Party, does this resurgence of anti-Jewish rhetoric and violence mark a return to the brutality of the 1930s?
In this penetrating and provocative analysis, Deborah Lipstadt connects distinct currents in contemporary culture, such as the resurgence of racist right-wing nationalisms, left-liberal tolerance of hostility to Jews, the plight of the Palestinians, and the rise of Islamic extremism, to explore how contradictory forces have found common scapegoats.
Lucid and convincing, Antisemitism will calm the fearful, rouse the complacent, and demand a response from readers.
‘A must read at the time of a mounting wave of aggressive nationalism and xenophobia in the world today.’
Professor Jan Gross, author of Neighbours: the destruction of the Jewish community in Jedwabne, Poland
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‘To say anything worthwhile about antisemitism you need calm, lucidity, intelligence, and a faultless moral compass, all powered by a proper feeling for racial justice. Deborah Lipstadt has the entire skillset. That’s why her new book is so welcome, so necessary, and so clear.’
‘Antisemitism comes in different shades, all of them ugly — not least when it comes from those who regard themselves as champions of liberation. To fight this abomination in all its shades, Deborah Lipstadt has given us a sage, sober, and lucid manual for the perplexed and willfully blind. An outstandingly useful book.’
Todd Gitlin, author of The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage
‘A leading scholar of Judaism explores just about every manifestation of contemporary antisemitism, with plenty of history included for context … A didactic tour de force approachably presented.’
‘This … could not be more topical. Connecting different currents in contemporary culture, such as the plight of the Palestinians, the resurgence of right-wing nationalism and left-wing liberal tolerance of hostility to Jews, Lipstadt explores how contradictory forces have found common scapegoats.’