- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Touchstone; Reissue edition (1 Dec. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743246209
- ISBN-13: 978-0743246200
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 400,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Why the Jews?: The Reason for Antisemitism Paperback – 1 Dec 2003
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After reading this book you could be forgiven for thinking the Jews are a `pacifist' race who has been unjustly persecuted throughout their history? In some cases of course that's certainly true.
The other side of the coin is their conflict with Palestine in the Gaza & West Bank? They are certainly not as blameless as this book would lead you to believe and are more than capable, as a nation, of looking after themselves.
This Anti-Semitism subject is very complex. Even then I think it unlikely that the reader will get to the real truth as both sides - that of that of the Arab and Jew, both seem stuck in hatred, denial, claim and counter claim. Deciphering the two is very problematical!
On a personal note some of the theories / myths put forward are somewhat unconvincing from a `Westerner's' point of view, for example, the killing of non-Jews and the use of their blood in Jewish food for ceremonies? Who could possibly believe that in today's modern society?Read more ›
The aim of this book is to confirm the age-old Jewish understanding of the condition, which the authors consider to be a response to Judaism. The intention is to refute attempts to deny the particularly Jewish reasons for the hatred and its contemporary manifestation of anti-Zionism.
Part One: The Explanation, demonstrates the uniqueness of antisemitism as the hatred of Judaism and ethical monotheism, considers other theories like the Chosen People concept, the higher quality of Jewish life, plus other theories and the frightening phenomenon of the hatred of Judaism by non-Jewish Jews like Marx, Trotsky, Rosa Luxemburg, Abbie Hoffman, Norman Finkelstein and Noam Chomsky.
The Historical Evidence is assessed in Part Two, from the Hellenic and Roman eras through the Christian, Islamic and Secular (Enlightenment) varieties, Leftist, Nazi and Anti-Zionist Antisemitism.Read more ›
The inherent hatred of the Jews within some elements of the Church and Islam are also studied, both from a historical perspective and also pertaining to the present day.
Sections are also devoted to the anti-Semitism of the Nazi era and how it is also present today in relation to those who support or profess Zionism. A particularly interesting section discusses how much modern day anti-Semitism is hidden beneath a more respectable veneer bearing the anti-Zionist label.
One such example given is that on page 172 which quotes from the statement by Shukairy, who was the leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation before Yasser Arafat. Shukairy used to openly declare that "the Jews should be driven into the sea". The book proceeds to describe that when such a statement no longer became politically expedient or served the Arab cause, the statement was promptly changed to "the Zionists should be driven into the sea".
Indeed many differing lines of thought are discussed and a variety of issues investigated. This book will certainly make the reader think and contemplate the real roots of this ongoing issue, which is described as being more prevalent now than at any time since the Nazi era.
The book however does not address the spiritual aspect behind anti-Semitism which underlies the Christian Gospel message.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a jew this is a subject that perplexes me, why are we singled out for such opprobrium and not just recently but for hundreds of years? Read morePublished on 14 Feb. 2013 by Julius Nehorai
I was looking, and still am looking, for an unbiased book which attempts to explain in a fair and intelligent manner why the jews have been so consistently hated through the ages. Read morePublished on 8 Jan. 2011 by smile
Having read the reviews, I was expecting in-depth analysis and argumentation. What I found in this book was a pure propaganda and populism, not an objective analysis. Read morePublished on 15 Nov. 2009 by A. Nikitina
In the last six years in particular, since Arafat launched a war of terror against Israel's people, I have often wondered what the reasons are for the intense hatred and violent... Read morePublished on 4 Feb. 2007 by Gary Selikow
This is precisely the type of book that would have my Jewish friends red in the face with embarrassment. Read morePublished on 15 Dec. 2004