The New Anti-Semitism : The Current Crisis and What We Must Do About It

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9780787968519: The New Anti-Semitism : The Current Crisis and What We Must Do About It

In this intensely passionate and compelling book, the best-selling feminist and Jewish writer Phyllis Chesler demonstrates how old-fashioned anti-Semitism has become newly fashionable, even politically correct, and how this plague threatens the Jews of the world, America, and Western civilization.

A dangerous, worldwide coalition of Islamic terrorists, well-intentioned but profoundly misinformed students, right wing fascists, left-wing ideologues, pious academics, feminists, opportunistic European politicians, and sensation-seeking international media have joined together to once again blame the Jews and the Jewish state for the current world crisis. Today, lethal activism against the Jews often takes the form of anti-Zionism. Osama Bin Laden, for example, blamed the 9/11 World Trade Center attack on U.S. government support for Israel. Since then, hundreds of synagogues have been burned, cemeteries and destroyed, and Jews threatened, boycotted, beaten, and killed. Jews have been blamed for huge stock market losses and for the decline of the world economy. The long-ago disproven Protocols of Zion, which accuse the Jews of an alleged world-conspiracy to conquer and control the world, have been revived and promulgated in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.

So what must we do? "Fight against the Big Lies," Chesler says. (No, the Jews do not control the world's money and media, and the Jews did not kill Christ.) Avoid rigid, dogmatic ideologies. Focus on the world's real problems (disease, poverty, illiteracy, violence) instead of scapegoating the Jews and demonizing the Jewish state. Be fair to Israel. Form Jewish-Christian, Jewish-Muslim, and Jewish-Palestinian alliances. Restore campus civility and above all, Jews must stop fighting among themselves.

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"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

"There is no trend more shocking or disturbing than the new rise of international anti-Semitism. Phyllis Chesler’s book is a stirring call to action for a still slumbering world."
–Joseph Farah, founder, editor, and CEO, WorldNetDaily.com; columnist, the Jerusalem Post; and author, Taking Back America

"Some books are highly readable, some are very important. This one is both. Chesler displays a clear analytic mind, the ability to steadily build a mountain of facts, a passionate Jewish heart, and the sensibilities of a just and ethical human being. Add to all that her wise and practical agenda, and you have a must-read book, one that can save progressives from hatred, right-wingers from extremism, and Jews from apathy."
–Blu Greenberg, author, How to Run a Traditional Jewish Household and On Women and Judaism: A View From Tradition

"I expected eloquent indignation from Phyllis Chesler. What I did not anticipate was the depth of her study of contemporary anti-Semitism, the salient examples she found–a little anthology of dismay–and the fairness of her critique of friends and associates among American leftists, feminists, gay activists, and ideologues. This is an admirable and important book."
–Herbert Gold, author, Fathers, Best Nightmare on Earth, and Bohemia

About the Author:

Phyllis Chesler is an emerita professor of psychology and women’s studies, a psychotherapist, expert courtroom witness, and the author of twelve books including the ground-breaking international best-seller Women and Madness. She is the cofounder of the Association for Women in Psychology and the National Women’s Health Network. Her archives reside at Duke University. She has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the O’Reilly Factor, Nightline, Washington Journal, the Today Show, the Judith Regan Show, Good Morning America, and NPR. She can be contacted at www.phyllis-chesler.com

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