With the end of World War II and the mass destruction of most of European Jewry, anti-Semitism — the world’s oldest hatred — seemed to have spent itself. Such is not the case. The establishment of the State of Israel stoked the fires of outrage and anger throughout the Arab and Muslim worlds. The situation of the Palestinian Arabs became a burning issue. Some Christian churches used the Arab-Israeli issue as an excuse to exhibit residual anti-Jewish sentiment. Anti-Semitism is on the rise again. Among some Third World and elitist leftist groups, it has become fashionable to disparage or hate Jews. This volume in Greenhaven’s At Issue series discusses many aspects of anti-Semitism and their impact on today’s world. Using materials culled from magazines, speeches, essays and newspapers, it treats such controversial topics as: Is anti-Israel criticism or anti-Zionism rhetoric anti-Semitic? What is the role of Christianity in promoting or discouraging anti-Semitism? Moslem sentiments regarding Jews, pro and con; the resurgence of European anti-Semitism; and Israeli policies in dealing with the Palestinians. Included are a bibliography, index, and list of contact agencies concerned with these topics. This useful and balanced collection is recommended for high school students and adults.
Robert A. Silver, a retired librarian specializing in adult services and adult books, was chair of the Notable Books Committee of the ALA.
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