THE NEW ANTI-SEMITISM by Arnold & Benjamin R. Epstein Forster


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The old anti-Semitism, if you need reminding, found its outlet in social ostracism, economic exclusion from the professions, pogroms, concentration camps. The new anti-Semitism has been toned down to ""a large measure of indifference to the most profound apprehensions of the Jewish people; a blandness and apathy in dealing with anti-Jewish behavior; a widespread incapacity or unwillingness to comprehend the necessity of the existence of Israel to Jewish safety and survival throughout the world."" Look to the word ""apprehension"" for the tone of this justifiably anxious casebook from the files of the Anti-Defamation League of the B'nai B'rith. In addition to chapters on organized persecution from the radical right, in the Arab countries, the USSR and Latin America, the staff directors of the ADL point an accusing finger at the ""bigotry"" of Archie Bunker, the deicidal undercurrent of Jesus Christ Superstar, and Truman Capote's conspiratorial ""Jewish Mafia"" theory of publishing. Also discussed are such dubious fringe activities as the third-world anti-Zionism of the new radical left, the Ocean Hill-Brownsville dispute over community control of education, the politics of black nationalists such as Stokely Carmichael, H. Rap Brown and LeRoi Jones, the Arab terrorist slayings of Israeli athletes at the recent Olympic games, the professional Jew-baiting of Gerald L.K. Smith, publisher of The Cross and the Flag... Yet as the inventory mounts, the evidence accumulates for the chronic victimization of the Jew by every size, shape, religious and political persuasion of lunatic in all the comers of the world. The authors have to their collective credit no less than twelve books on this subject, and this updated survey of the politics of hate should also find its audience.

Pub Date: April 3rd, 1974
Publisher: McGraw-Hill