The New Anti-Semitism

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By – May 18, 2015

Phyl­lis Chesler is an icon in the fem­i­nist world and in the Jew­ish fem­i­nist move­ment. Her cre­den­tials as a lib­er­al are impecca­ble, but she has no patience for her col­leagues on the Left who cloak their anti-Semi­tism in polit­i­cal­ly cor­rect phrase­ol­o­gy and lib­er­al ideals.

The New Anti-Semi­tism is a rework of a book Chesler wrote over a decade ago. The social and polit­i­cal land­scape, espe­cial­ly regard­ing anti-Semi­tism, has changed since the work was first pub­lished — hence the need for this updat­ed version.

Chessler’s piece is high­ly per­son­al even though it address­es essen­tial ques­tions con­cern­ing Jew­ish life. The book offers a brief his­to­ry of anti – Semi­tism in order to enable the read­er to under­stand the cur­rent state of affairs. But this work is nei­ther a trea­tise nor a his­to­ry — it 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.

And 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 is a colum­nist and a social and polit­i­cal com­men­ta­tor. He is the author of What You Need To Know About: Ter­ror, and main­tains The Mic­ah Report at www​.mic​ah​halpern​.com.

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