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2.0 out of 5 stars Contradictory and exploitative, 17 April 2006
This review is from: The New Anti-semitism: The Current Crisis and What We Must Do About it (Religion) (Hardcover)
Directly equating Israeli criticism with anti-Semitism while blatantly maintaining her own fear of Islam as fact, Cheslers arguments are abstract in the extreme. American and Diaspora Jews "must understand that Israel is our heart and soul...we are family" she writes. Therefore disapproval of Israel is anti-Semitism while at the same time contradictorily stating that "anyone who does not distinguish between Jews and the Jewish state is an anti-Semite". Dangerous belittling and exploitation of a topic for the purpose of shielding pro-Zionists from legitimate criticism.

Try Norman G. Finkelsteins "Beyond Chutzpah..." for a more serious study of the topic.
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Initial post: 4 Mar 2009 20:50:39 GMT
Michael B says:
Thank god someone has some sense - ' new anti-semitism ' ... give me a break .

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2009 16:49:23 GMT
Fernanda says:
Have to agree with you - there's no such thing as 'new anti-Semitism' - hatred towards the Jews is as old as the hills, whether it comes in the guise of trendy, left-wing Liberalism or blatant religious/racist aggression. What this book does well is catalogue some of the more recent examples which masquerade under the sanctimonius and rather nasty hypocrisy of political correction and 'apparant' Liberal/social conscience.

The deeper core sadly, remains the same, and let's get something very clear - there is no distinction between anti-Semitism and so-called anti-Zionism. In both cases we're talking about an intractable hatred of, and clear and present threat towards, the Jewish people and their right to thrive and survive, and the existence and practise of their faith.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Dec 2009 21:08:44 GMT
Gareth Smyth says:
So are Jews who are not Zionists anti-Semitic?

It is dishonest to pretend that those who criticise Israel - either for its behaviour or more fundamentally as an exclusive state - are anti-semitic.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Sep 2010 22:36:37 BDT
M. D Roberts says:
Cloaked in the more socially acceptable political/humanitarian euphemisms of anti-Israelism or anti-Zionism it doesn't much effort on the part of a honest individual to see the basis of subsequent comments.
 
Criticism of Israel, like that of any other nation, is quite normal as long as it is comparative, contextual, and fair. However, when the Jewish nation is the only party criticized for faults, often obsessively, that are far worse among other peoples, then such criticism crosses the line from being acceptable to being blatantly anti-Semitic.
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