Anti-Semitism campaigners

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What’s the story?

Now in its 68th year, Jewish Book Week began in 1952 and runs in London this week from Saturday 29 February to Sunday 8 March. The festival celebrates Jewish writing and features members of the community including authors and speakers, who come together to discuss some of the most important themes and issues affecting Jewish people today. 

What’s the book?

The clue is in the title. Written by New York Times writer Bari Weiss, How to Fight Anti-Semitism is a passionate call to arms against the continued global rise of anti-Jewish rhetoric and sentiment. Weiss’s trigger for the book was the 2018 attack and mass murder at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, the Tree of Life, where 11 people were killed and six injured. It was the deadliest attack on Jewish people in American history, at her childhood synagogue.

How to Fight Anti-Semitism collates research alongside Weiss’s own anecdotes and reflections and documents the rise in anti-Semitism and its roots while also reflecting on the present-day problems and solutions that could help eradicate it.

Weiss argues that it is not simply a problem of either the left or the right, and that the continued momentum of neo-Nazi and white supremacist ideologies is due to contemporary identity politics amplified by social media and ‘an ever-morphing conspiracy theory in which Jews play the starring role in spreading evil in the world’.

Footnote:

2019 saw anti-Semitism continue to rise across the globe and in the UK, with the Community Security Trust recording an all-time high number of incidents for the fourth year in a row.

 

  • How to Fight Anti-Semitism

  • 'This acutely argued book will engender a thousand conversations' Cynthia Ozick

    The prescient New York Times writer delivers an urgent wake-up call exposing the alarming rise of anti-semitism -- and explains what we can do to defeat it

    On 27 October 2018 Bari Weiss's childhood synagogue in Pittsburgh became the site of the deadliest attack on Jews in American history. For most of us, the massacre came as a total shock. But to those who have been paying attention, it was only a more violent, extreme expression of the broader trend that has been sweeping Europe and the United States for the past two decades.

    No longer the exclusive province of the far right and far left, anti-Semitism finds a home in identity politics, in the renewal of 'America first' isolationism and in the rise of one-world socialism. An ancient hatred increasingly allowed into modern political discussion, anti-Semitism has been migrating toward the mainstream in dangerous ways, amplified by social media and a culture of conspiracy that threatens us all.

    In this urgent book, New York Times writer Bari Weiss makes a powerful case for renewing Jewish and liberal values to guide us through this uncertain moment.

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