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Abraham Foxman
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4.0 out of 5 stars History must not repeat itself. 4 Feb 2004
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This very important, well written, work by Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League addresses the emergence of a new, present day, hatred of the Jews (anti-Semitism) and discusses it's causes as well as it's implications for the future in relation to the State of Israel, the Jewish people and the International community as a whole.
Described here as the "oldest collective hate obsession in recorded history" the book comments upon many of the alleged causes quoting numerous examples in relation to each issue in order to illustrate how extensive the problem actually is.
Amongst the subjects investigated are Jewish-Catholic relations, what is described as the ‘religious right', Jihad and also the Muslim world. Many readers will find a case to answer in all the issues addressed, but on a personal basis I find myself disagreeing with the comments supportive of ecumenism as well as some of those pertaining to the support of Israel by Evangelical Christians. Readers must make up their own minds on the presentation confronting them on all these issues. I personally feel that the book has not gone far enough on some issues and too far on others. Having said that, the seriousness of the issue here cannot be ignored and the importance of this study cannot be over-emphasised.
The book describes in some detail how the hatred of the Jews is openly endorsed by Arab governments throughout the Middle East, where it is cited as being disseminated by the media, taught in schools & universities and preached from the Mosques. Anti-Semitism is depicted as being well and truly "out of the Arab closet" with no differentiation between Jews and Israelis when radical imams call upon their Islamic followers to kill the Jews.
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The foreword by Elie Wiesel raises the question about why antisemitism is still alive in the 21st century after nazism, fascism and communism have all been defeated. He points out that the reasons given by judeopaths disregard truth and logic, combining all possible contradictions. Wiesel mentions some of the signs of the resurgence of the plague and emphasizes the urgency of the current situation, whilst Foxman explains the turbulence of the times in his introduction: the war on terror, an unsteady world economy and the resurgence of antisemitic incidents in Europe, Asia, South America, Australia and the USA. He dates its rebirth from 1998 and considers 2000 the year in which it exploded. Concerned about the danger signs, he warns that the phenomenon must be exposed and counteracted now. But in his important work Christian Anti-Semitism published in 1993, William Nicholls already saw the signs and identified anti-Zionism as the typical expression of the new antisemitism.

In chapter one, Foxman observes that elements of the extreme Right and Left are cooperating in this resurgence, often in collaboration with Middle Eastern terrorists. Many examples from Europe and the USA are provided. The historian Victor Davis Hanson has also noticed this, calling it "the worldwide moronic convergence." Here the author also touches on the matters of Anti-Zionism, Islam, the appeasement mode of many European governments, and how times of crisis provide fertile soil for outrageous lies and scapegoating.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Do not imagine that you will escape if you remain indifferent 27 April 2008
By Pieter Uys - Published on Amazon.com
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The foreword by Elie Wiesel raises the question about why antisemitism is still alive in the 21st century after nazism, fascism and communism have all been defeated. He points out that the reasons given by judeopaths disregard truth and logic, combining all possible contradictions. Wiesel mentions some of the signs of the resurgence of the plague and emphasizes the urgency of the current situation, whilst Foxman explains the turbulence of the times in his introduction: the war on terror, an unsteady world economy and the resurgence of antisemitic incidents in Europe, Asia, South America, Australia and the USA. He dates its rebirth from 1998 and considers 2000 the year in which it exploded. Concerned about the danger signs, he warns that the phenomenon must be exposed and counteracted now. But in his important work Christian Antisemitism published in 1993, William Nicholls already saw the signs and identified anti-Zionism as the typical expression of the new antisemitism.

In chapter one, Foxman observes that elements of the extreme Right and Left are cooperating in this resurgence, often in collaboration with Middle Eastern terrorists. Many examples from Europe and the USA are provided. The historian Victor Davis Hanson has also noticed this, calling it "the worldwide moronic convergence." Here the author also touches on the matters of Anti-Zionism, Islam, the appeasement mode of many European governments, and how times of crisis provide fertile soil for outrageous lies and scapegoating. In the next chapter he attempts to define and distinguish various forms of the mental disease, including the theological, racial, political, social and scientific strains. He reiterates the truism that it is fundamentally irrational and immune to facts.

Looking at its origins, he refers to the biblical book of Esther where all the familiar elements of classic antisemitism are found. In this regard, Yoram Hazony's book The Dawn: Political Teachings of the Book of Esther is invaluable, especially the instructions on how to counteract it. Although the phenomenon existed in pagan times, it received a huge boost with the birth and growth of Christianity. Thought-provoking sections are devoted to the evolution of Christian Antisemitism, Antisemitism today and its eruption in times of crisis. Further topics discussed include Jewish culture, identity, survival and the State of Israel. In chapter 3, Cradle of Hatred: The Tragedy of Jewish-Catholic Relations, Foxman recounts the poignant history of his childhood in Europe.

The danger on the Right is explored with reference to extremism in the USA, the ever-shifting networks of the white supremacist movement and even certain Conservative organizations. The chapter on the politics of the Religious Right dissects the attitudes and statements of prominent evangelists. I must agree with other reviewers that Foxman overestimates the threat from this side and does not sufficiently recognize the initiatives of Christians that love and support Israel. But this is understandable in view of his childhood experiences in Poland and Lithuania, and the very real history of antisemitism in the church that too few Christians are aware of. In this regard, I refer the interested reader to the brilliant books Future Israel: Why Christian Anti-Judaism Must Be Challenged by Barry Horner and Standing with Israel by David Brog. Nowadays the Religious Left is the greater problem as demonstrated by Paul Charles Merkley in his seminal study Christian Attitudes Towards the State of Israel.

Being a fan of rock music, I found the information on hate rock quite interesting. This poisonous mix of racism, homophobia, antisemitism and xenophobia is peddled to young receptive minds. The lyrics quoted are sickening, as are those in some rap/hip hop music - the band is Public Enemy - as quoted in the chapter on the troubled alliance between American Blacks and Jews. Foxman looks at the issues that divide, Al Sharpton and Louis Farrakhan but also praises those figures in the community with which the ADL maintains cordial relations. Antisemitism in the Muslim World is examined in chapter 7, with consideration of traditional Muslim attitudes, the demonizaton of Israel and Jews and its root causes, the phenomenon in the Arab mass media (examples available in Peace: The Arabian Caricature of Anti-Semitic Imagery by Arieh Stav), the fact that much of this toxic imagery and propaganda are imported from the West, Holocaust denial, online Jihad, Hezbollah and the search for peace in the Middle East.

The spread of bigotry in popular culture is analyzed next, including different levels of antisemitism - from simple insensitivity to the real malicious thing. Foxman looks at Hollywood, humor and all aspects of the internet, this last being of major and increasing significance these days. In the Epilogue, he warns again of the frightening increase in anti-Jewish sentiment coalescing on a global scale. It is prominent in the United Nations, in worldwide conspiracy theories, the Arab mass media, amongst Left-Liberal European intellectuals (See The Resurgence of Anti-Semitism by Bernard Harrison and What's Left?: How Liberals Lost Their Way by Nick Cohen) and characterized by the revival of stereotypes and ancient calumnies. Foxman concludes with some helpful advice that concerned individuals can take in combating the plague.

The book has 14 pages of Source Notes and concludes with an index. The philosopher Andre Glucksmann has warned that the concept of a contagion of hatred must be taken literally as a mental disorder that invades minds, bodies and society. Such an outbreak inoculates itself against opposing ideas and is immune to reason. In psychological terms it is a form of psychopathy whilst in spiritual terms it's a type of demonic possession. Despite the repeated lessons of history that demonstrate the unspeakable suffering it brings on the guilty and the innocent, people still become infected. In my opinion, the most valuable book on Antisemitism, exploring all its shape-shifting manifestations down the ages and across the political-religious spectrum, is Why the Jews? The Reason for Antisemitism by Dennis Prager, as it engages with the neglected spiritual dimension of this mental disease. Another valuable work on the new variety is The New Anti-Semitism: The Current Crisis and What We Must Do About It by Phyllis Chesler.
11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Admirable by and large 6 Nov 2004
By Shalom Freedman - Published on Amazon.com
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This book points to one of the most alarming phenomenom on the world scence in recent years, the revival of the world's oldest hatred Anti- Semitism. The author Abraham Foxman is the head of an organization the Anti- Defamation League that does valuable work in contending with this phenomenom. Foxman in this book describes many of the organization's activities in this regard.

The new anti-Semitism is a combination of anti- Semitisms. It is the old right wing Fascist anti- Semitism now embodied in neo- Nazis and their ilk, and it is the Islamic world's anti- Semitism which is a wall to wall hatred of Jews and Israel, and it is also ( and here Foxman fails to be strong enough) the anti- Semitism of the radical extreme left which has turned against the Jewish world . The new anti- Semitism often tries to disguise itself as ' Anti- Zionism' only but as Alan Dershowitz pointed out this is a deception.

Foxman's work is admirable by and large. To my mind he places far too much emphasis on Christian anti- Semitism , and does not give credit to the vast number of Christian groups and individuals who are allies of Israel and the Jewish people. He too as I have said under-emphasizes the role of the Left. And this when it is precisely the radical Left which should be confronted more vigorously by the ADL ( and this even when members of this radical left are Jewish.) On the whole however this is a valuable book.
16 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lest history repeat itself. 4 Feb 2004
By M. D Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This very important, well written, work by Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League addresses the emergence of a new, present day, hatred of the Jews (anti-Semitism) and discusses it's causes as well as it's implications for the future in relation to the State of Israel, the Jewish people and the International community as a whole.
Described here as the "oldest collective hate obsession in recorded history" the book comments upon many of the alleged causes quoting numerous examples in relation to each issue in order to illustrate how extensive the problem actually is.
Amongst the subjects investigated are Jewish-Catholic relations, what is described as the 'religious right', Jihad and also the Muslim world. Many readers will find a case to answer in all the issues addressed, but on a personal basis I find myself disagreeing with the comments supportive of ecumenism as well as some of those pertaining to the support of Israel by Evangelical Christians. Readers must make up their own minds on the presentation confronting them on all these issues. I personally feel that the book has not gone far enough on some issues and too far on others. Having said that, the seriousness of the issue here cannot be ignored and the importance of this study cannot be over-emphasised.
The book describes in some detail how the hatred of the Jews is openly endorsed by Arab governments throughout the Middle East, where it is cited as being disseminated by the media, taught in schools & universities and preached from the Mosques. Anti-Semitism is depicted as being well and truly "out of the Arab closet" with no differentiation between Jews and Israelis when radical imams call upon their Islamic followers to kill the Jews.
The reader is shown how this helps to fuel the flames of hatred towards the Jews amongst a billion Muslims across the globe. Muslim communities being described as constituting a rapidly growing force in dozens of countries, eager to influence anti-Jewish policies upon the nations in which they reside. Whilst discussing this issue the book is careful to distinguish between anti-Semitism and fair, contextual opposition of some Israeli leaders or policies.
Pursuing this virulent hatred of the Jews is further illustrated as serving the purpose of distracting attention from the alleged failures, corruption & incompetence of some Arab leaders such as Yasser Arafat, with the Arab populace being convinced that the source of it's troubles is solely the "tyranny of Israel & the Jews". The book further elaborating with the example that when Palestinian suicide bombers embark on their missions, they wrap themselves, not in the banner of the Palestinian Authority, but in the green & white flag of Islam. It being further described that any pre-recorded videos by the bombers talk of "religious martyrdom" and their wish to "kill the Jews".
The book is described as a "wake-up call" to a looming International emergency, declaring that people are not born bigots and must be taught to hate, whilst simultaneously listing a number of honest measures which need to be taken in order to confront an evil where men, women and children are persecuted because of their race, religion or political views. History must not repeat itself. Recommended.
21 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent work of scholarship, but does not go far enough 30 Nov 2003
By J. A Magill - Published on Amazon.com
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?Everywhere the Jew is hated,? Hertzel observed. ?Either he is too wealthy or too indigent, too industrious or too lazy, to intelligent or too na?ve.? His answer to the conundrum of the oldest hatred that despises the Jew for being anything, was to blame it on the Jews stateless status and propose the creation of a state as the cure. So one wonders what irony Hertzel would find if alive in the fact that his People, whom he observed as hated for being stateless and are now just as reviled for now having one of their own?
In his book, ?Never Again?? Abraham Foxman does an admirable job documenting how the hatred of the Jew transcends politics, geography, and race. Politically, Jews are hated from the right and the left, both in North America and in Europe. Indeed, most striking is how these adversaries find common ground in opposing the Jewish state. In Europe, where the political extremes disagree on everything else, they work together to plan demonstrations condemning Israel. American White Supremacists seek legitimacy within the larger political circles by taking up the Palestinian cause. Nor is this the end of the strange bedfellows the oldest hatred makes, as liberal on college campuses receive generous funding from some of the most repressive misogynist regimes on earth like Saudi Arabia, bonded by nothing other than their desire to see the destruction of the state of Israel.
Foxman?s work examines what he terms the ?New Anti-Semitism? that condemns and attacks Israel in the most strident terms, yet recoils when accused of hating Jews. On the left, the rhetoric is couched as anti-Americanism and anti-imperialism, on the right realpolitik. The author deftly argues that it is this very singling out of the Jewish State for criticism, as well as the claim that Jews are alone among the nations in not deserving a state (an argument that recently appeared in a no less a pinnacle of American intellectualism as the New York Review of Books) an be called nothing other than anti-Semitism. Why else does the world ignore repression the world over, much of it in the nations fastest to criticize Israel, and leap to attack the Jewish State? Why has the UN almost never condemned any nation for their policies internal or external, while skewering Israel on a near monthly basis? When the world exists with two standards, one for the Jewish state and one for all other nations, how can one describe it as anything other than traditional anti-Semitism moved from the level of the individual to that of international diplomacy?
?Never Again?? succeeds admirably for the author?s careful examination of the history of anti-Semitism examining subjects such as Jewish Catholic relations and the Muslim world?s increasing usage of ancient European bile such as blood liable and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Foxman also tracks how traditional anti-Semitic charges continue to evolve to fit into newer models. As the head of the ADL, Foxman knows of what he speaks and marshals a powerful case to describe how the hatred of Jews is currently spreading like a wildfire. Nor does he simply rely on the ever growing list of hate crimes now spreading through Europe instead looking at his subject from a historical point of view.
The only failing of this otherwise excellent book is Foxman?s failure to postulate why the Jews are singled out among all the people for a hatred that has spread across the globe and goes back over 2,000 years. While one can understand the authors nervousness at a subject where theories range from genetics to metaphysics, his lack of a theory appears as a glaring omission amongst his considerable data. Further, while he gives a great deal of space to his sadness at how the murder of Six Million Jews failed to quench the fire of this hatred, he does not give enough credence to the idea that the hatred of the Jew is apparently mankind?s normative state. Despite these failing, Foxman deserves credit for a thoughtful and well-written examination of the oldest hatred.
Of course many will dismiss this work outright, repeating the old canard that they Israel and not Jews, a strange position espoused by many Arab terrorists who in their hatred of Israel blow up Kosher restaurants in Paris and Synagogues in Istanbul. The best refutation of that rather cowardly position remains the words of Dr. Martin Luther King. ?You declare my friends that you do not hate the Jew, but are merely ?anti-Zionists.? And I say let the truth ring forth from the mountaintops. When people critisize Zionism they mean Jews. And what is ?anti-Zionism?? It is the denial to the Jewish people of a fundamental right that we justly claim for the people of Africa and freely accord all other nations of the globe.?
18 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and Important 28 Nov 2003
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Foxman shows, clearly and compellingly that the title isn't hyperbole but that a new and dangerous wave of anti-Semitism threatens Jews today -- and that the stakes for not challenging and defeating it couldn't be higher. The book's well-written survey of the domestic, international, political and religious environments in which the new anti-Semitism operates is especially effective. It's an excellent book for those who don't know much about the issue -- especially young people -- who may not even realize the urgent dangers that Foxman describes and who might become energized and engaged by the specific ideas and approaches he outlines for fighting back.
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