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5.0 out of 5 stars Enormously important & desperately relevant. Please read it., 22 Dec. 2003
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This review is from: The New Anti-semitism: The Current Crisis and What We Must Do About it (Religion) (Hardcover)
Having studied the hatred of the Jews (anti-Semitism) for many years, my heart ached as I analysed this thoroughly researched and timely investigation of a subject that the text presents as a modern day, malevolent hostility thought by many to have been assigned to the history books. The book is powerful, very well presented and transports the reader into the World and experience of the Jew. The book will hold the reader's attention throughout and I personally found it very difficult to put down.
Despite the contentious nature of this subject I would highly recommend that this book be read irrespective of the individual's political or religious views.
The book makes an extremely strong case as to how the state of Israel has now become what it calls the "Jew of the World". This statement is clarified with many, many examples that illustrate how Israel has allegedly been scorned, scapegoated, demonised and ghettoized by the media and the International community. A process described as causing the State of Israel to be just as isolated as the Jews once were in Europe during the Holocaust.
The reader is shown how this process has allegedly escalated since the terrorist attacks of September 11 2001 and how it is further supported due to the tone of the political and media approach to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Whilst reference is made to the anti-Semitism of the Holocaust the book presents a moving case as to how a "new anti-Semitism" has risen in our day, but which is now cloaked under a plethora of different guises such as "anti-Zionism" and/or "anti-Israelism". However, the reader is eloquently shown that when this hostility is closely examined, the very same age-old hatred is discovered at it's core. A hatred described as including all of it's ancient loathing, but now to be found under new, more "politically correct labels".
As stated, the source attaches a considerable relationship between this hate and the alleged bias against Israel in much of the media reporting throughout the International community in relation to the Arab-Israeli conflict. An area where this study cites the State of Israel as frequently being de-humanized whilst Palestinians are depicted as victims. Mention also being made that the Jewish state is itself not doing enough to put across it's own side of the story in an adequate manner to fight such allegedly slanted reporting and to provide the public with a true perception of the conflict that is fair to both sides.
To support this point the source quotes former British leader Winston Churchill who stated, "A lie gets halfway around the World before the truth has a chance to get it's pants on" and with the provision of numerous examples the book proceeds to describe the World press as sometimes functioning as what it calls "Yasser Arafat's private public relations firm".
The book also addresses how during the last decade whilst the Irish, Indian, Kashmiri and other "troubles" have continued to simmer, along with the genocidal atrocities in Iraq and the former Yugoslavia, where by comparison the International, political and media entities have not in the slightest way demonised the British, Irish, Hindus, Muslims, Hutus or the Serbs in the manner focussed on the Jewish State of Israel.
The reader may not agree with all the personal opinions of the source, but it is difficult not to grasp and appreciate the importance & magnitude of the fundamental issue at the core of this essential study.
I would respectfully recommend the following books to those interested in this issue; "The Case For Israel" by Alan Dershowitz and "Peace; The Arabian Caricature. A Study of Anti-Semitic Imagery" by Arieh Stav.
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M. D Roberts

Location: Gwent, United Kingdom

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