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The New Anti-Semitism P: The Current Crisis and What We Must Do About It Paperback – 28 Dec 2004

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (28 Dec. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787978035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787978037
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2.2 x 22.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,831,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cheslers piece is highly personal even though it addresses essential questions concerning Jewish life. The book offers a brief history of antiSemitism in order to enable the reader to understand the current state of affairs. But this work is neither a treatise nor a historyit is a handbook and a guide. The author takes to task those who spout anti-Semitism. She calls out the radical racists. She castigates the media. She skewers academics who deride Israel and do not entertain the idea that Israel is defending itself. Then Phyllis Chesler gives her readers tools with which they, too, can combat anti-Semitism. She provides a list of suggested reading, internet resources, and even films. This is a book well worth reading and taking to heart. - Micah D. Halpern --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


“In this passionate and powerful book, Chesler shows how the international struggle for human rights was hijacked by Jew and Israel haters. She exposes how politically correct western intellectuals and many human rights activists have betrayed both the truth and the Jews. The book is sensitive and authoritative and constitutes essential reading. Anyone who wants to understand the connection between anti–Semitism, Islamic terrorism, the role of propaganda, and appeasement must read this book.” –Natan Sharansky, author, Fear No Evil; Israeli Minister for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs “A passionate and beautifully written book by a card–carrying radical feminist who is also a religious Jew and a committed Zionist. She demonstrates, by equal portions of hot emotion and cool logic, that she is not the one guilty of inconsistency with her radical principles. It is the new "politically correct" anti–Semites, including many feminists, who have some explaining to do. This book will make you weep. It will also make you angry and frightened."–Alan Dershowitz, professor, Harvard Law School; author, The Case for Israel "Absolutely amazing, troubling, fierce. An indispensable guide to the apocalyptic sandstorms our world now faces. A new and virulent anti–Semitism, blessed by western intellectuals, is changing global assumptions about history and justice and threatening all hopes for peace on our troubled planet. I am stunned by the book; it’s brilliant, and must be read and debated. Our lives may depend on it." –Erica Jong, poet and novelist, Fear of Flying and Sappho’s Leap

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How did it happen that 60 years after 6 million Jews perished in Hitler?s inferno?s, millions are again baying for the blood of Jews, led this time by the left?
It is cloaked in the language of political correctness, and academic language, but the end goal is the same, genocide of Jews.
On university campuses, in the media, in the halls of the United Nations, in European and Third World governments, prejudice runs strong.
Phyllis Chesler, well-known feminist author, in the 21-st century equivalent of Zola?s J?Accuse, dissects this revolting and frightening phenomenon.
She points out that the leaders of today?s Nuremberg rallies are supposedly ?enlightened? and ?progressive? leftwing academics, as Israel is pilloried, without the slightest compassion for the men, women and children of that tiny, poor country, condemned by a coterie of malignant narcissists for destruction.

Of course the Israel-haters deny hotly that they are anti-Semites: The first thing students learn today in the ?humanities? departments on university campuses across the world is that anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism are different. Many Jewish-born ultra-leftists lead the ?burn Israel? movement. In fact it could be argued that the new anti-Semitism was founded by malignant high priest of Marxist academia, Noam Chomsky together with his partner in hate, Arab propagandist Edward Said. Indeed the Jewish-born Israel-haters are often the most callous and vicious, hoping that expunging 5 million Israeli men, women and children from the face of the earth, will make themselves more universal and progressive in the world today. It is only the 'backward Israelis' who get in the way of the place of Diaspora Jewish Marxists as leaders of the 'progressive vanguard' once more.
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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.
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Chesler, a leftist feminist, has here produced a work of impeccable scholarship detailing the rise of a new virulent anti-Semitism. Based on verifiable facts, statistics and personal experience, she demonstrates how prevalent this mental illness has become amongst leftist academics; she also investigates the psychological roots of this detestable idea.
Chesler further illuminates the connections between the hatred of Jews and the hatred of America. Having herself criticized certain actions of Israel in the past, she makes a distinction between legitimate criticism of Israel and that subtle version of anti-Semitism that cloaks itself in Anti-Zionism. She points out that the new anti-semitism is being perpetraded in the cause of anti-colonialism and anti-racism and that it comes from the Left of the political spectrum.
Chesler makes a plea for the truth and exposes leftist disinformation, for example the so-called Jenin Massacre that never took place. The author lived in Afghanistan in the 1960s and was married to an Afghan; she praises the kindness and love she experienced from her Muslim relatives during those times. This wonderful book is a plea for decency, truth and dignity. It includes a 20-page question-and-answer section called What We Must Do on how to reply to anti-Semitic remarks or questions.
Although Chesler's book reveals deeply disturbing trends, it is a compelling read. I would also like to refer the interested reader to the following books: The Case For Israel by Dershowitz, Right To Exist by Lozowick, Never Again? by Foxman, The Return Of Anti-Semitism by Schoenfeld, The Rage And The Pride by Fallaci, The Nazi Connection To Islamic Terrorism by Chuck Morse and Anti-Americanism by Jean-Francois Revel.
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