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The ongoing war on terror, instability in the Middle East, and a faltering world economy are capturing headlines everywhere. But through it all runs a disturbing current of which many people are only dimly aware.

Anti-Semitism, which had been on the decline worldwide since the end of World War II, has over the past few years made a perilous return. How could the twenty-first century -- the new millennium launched with such optimism just a few short years ago -- have so quickly ...

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Overview

The ongoing war on terror, instability in the Middle East, and a faltering world economy are capturing headlines everywhere. But through it all runs a disturbing current of which many people are only dimly aware.

Anti-Semitism, which had been on the decline worldwide since the end of World War II, has over the past few years made a perilous return. How could the twenty-first century -- the new millennium launched with such optimism just a few short years ago -- have so quickly been marred by the emergence of age-old hatreds, now armed with the powers of global terrorism?

As national director of the Anti-Defamation League, Abraham H. Foxman fights against the menace of intolerance every day. As a result of the disturbing events of the last few years, he is convinced that we currently face as great a threat to the safety and security of the Jewish people as we faced in the 1930s. Foxman writes: "Within living memory, we’ve seen what can happen when a nation or a continent experiences an unrestrained outbreak of anti-Semitism. The Jews of the world -- and all people of goodwill who share their desire for a just and free society -- learned a series of critical lessons from the tragic history of the twentieth century. Today, we understand how important it is to recognize the emergence of new forms of anti-Semitism so that we can warn the world and stave off the worst effects."

Anti-Semitism remains a pernicious form of ethnic and religious intolerance, with consequences for all of humankind. In communities from the United States to the Middle East, Europe to South Africa and Latin America, Jews are being persecuted in old and new ways. Exploring the history of anti-Semitism and providing the first comprehensive examination of the new rampant anti-Jewish sentiment worldwide, Never Again?? offers a crucial discussion of the steps that must be taken to prevent this century from witnessing a replay of the horrors of the last.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
Of all the 20th century's social pathologies, the philosopher Hannah Arendt predicted, only anti-Semitism would survive. Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate, cites Arendt in his foreword to Never Again? The Threat of the New Anti-Semitism. Then Abraham H. Foxman proceeds to construct an airtight case, as if driven to prove Arendt sadly correct. — Robert Leiter
Publishers Weekly
"Everybody's afraid to touch anything that's religious because most of the people out there [in Hollywood] are Jewish, and it's a frightening thing for them to promote Christianity," claimed Dolly Parton, unable to develop a TV miniseries about a born-again Christian folk singer. Such a casual reiteration of the myth that Jews control Hollywood is one example Foxman, the longtime national director of the Anti-Defamation League, cites in showing what he claims is a new acceptance of global anti-Semitism. Arguing that this new anti-Semitism is not "a handful of incidents... but rather a little-noticed, under-the-radar pattern of repeated attacks, often violent, occurring in country after country," Foxman presents a frightening tally of hate crimes and hate speech in both Europe and the U.S. With examples at once shocking and predictable, such as the Arab press's caricatures of Israelis based on "imagery drawn from Nazi propaganda" and the president of the Southern Baptist Convention stating, "God doesn't hear the prayers of the Jews," Foxman's enumeration of such cases is frightening and important, but his presentation is problematic, in part because of his lack of political nuance. In the opening chapter, he repeatedly speaks of an anti-Semitic coalition of "extreme left-wing and right-wing groups," when what he is describing is similar anti-Semitic rhetoric coming from each separately. Another difficulty is that Foxman details his own experience (and that of the famous people he meets) so often that the book feels self-aggrandizing, like the struggles of one man against an anti-Semitic world rather than a political analysis. These problems don't seriously injure the book's credibility, but make it far less potent than it might be. (Nov.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062016775
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/22/2010
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • File size: 867 KB

Meet the Author

Abraham H. Foxman is the national director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and one of today's preeminent voices against hatred, discrimination, and violence in the United States and worldwide. Born in Poland in 1940, he survived the Holocaust when his parents entrusted him to their Catholic nursemaid, who baptized him and raised him as her own son. Foxman has been with the ADL for more than thirty-five years, and for nearly half of them has served as the national director.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Why this book - and why today 1
1 As storm clouds gather : the rise of the new anti-Semitism 6
2 Jewish in a hostile world : living with the ongoing battle against anti-Semitism 40
3 Cradle of hatred : the tragedy of Jewish-Catholic relations 74
4 Danger on the right : violence and extremism in the American heartland 100
5 Jewish calves and Christian lions : dissecting the politics of the religious right 133
6 Troubled alliance : the rift between American Blacks and Jews 160
7 From hatred to Jihad : anti-Semitism in the Muslim world 194
8 The poisoned well : spreading bigotry through popular culture 244
Epilogue : now more than ever 274
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First Chapter

Never Again?

Chapter One

As Storm Clouds Gather:
The Rise of the New Anti-Semitism

In some ways today's reemergence of anti-Semitism in a time of turmoil is predictable and unsurprising -- although it's profoundly disappointing to realize how quickly millions of people seem to have forgotten the lessons of the Holocaust. What's most troubling is the way today's new anti-Semitism combines traditional bigotry and hatred with modern resentments in a way that is unprecedented and particularly virulent. The process is furthest advanced and most visible in the Middle East and on the continent of Europe, but it can be observed also in the United States, in Latin America, and in other countries around the world -- even those, like Japan, in which very few Jews can be found.

Strange Bedfellows

In today's new mutant strain of anti-Semitism, traditional elements of the extreme right and the extreme left are working together, often in concert with immigrants of Arab descent and terrorist organizations based in the Middle East. It's a strange alliance, since adherents of the far right in Europe and North America generally espouse nativist policies and abhor foreign, especially non-Christian, influences. Yet hatred of the Jews is proving to be a powerful enough force to unite these disparate groups.

The authoritative Anti-Semitism Worldwide, prepared annually by a team of scholars at the Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism and Racism at Tel Aviv University, provides a wealth of details concerning how fringe groups on the right and the left are uniting on behalf of an anti-Semitic agenda. Here are a few examples from the most recent reports concerning the continent of Europe:

  • In Germany, Hans-Günther Eisenecker, vice chairman of the radical right-wing NPD, has described his vision of an "antisemitic internationale," which would link Islamist movements, North Korea, Cuba, and extreme nationalists in Europe and America in an alliance against Israel and the United States.
  • American white supremacist David Duke recently returned from a two-year tour of Europe, during which he lectured on "the Aryan race's main enemy, world Zionism" in several countries and conferred with Russian leaders ranging from neofascist Vladimir Zhinovsky to Communist Duma member General Albert Makashov.

  • In eastern Europe, the right-wing Greater Romania Party and the Hungarian Justice and Life Party have championed the cause of Iraq and the Palestinians, claiming that American foreign policy is controlled by Israel and the Jews.
  • Extreme left-wing and right-wing groups worked together to mount anti-Israel demonstrations in autumn 2000 in Rome, Copenhagen, and Vienna.
  • Over 250 violent anti-Semitic incidents were perpetrated through Europe in the weeks following the outbreak of the Middle Eastern intifada, aimed not at institutions identified with the state of Israel, but simply at Jews. Evidence shows that some of these attacks were conducted by left-wing groups, others by right-wing groups, and that the two sets of extremists appeared to inspire each other in anti-Jewish attacks.

Similarly, in the United States, white supremacists and other ultra-right-wing groups have taken up the Palestinian cause in an effort to build a new coalition of hatred to battle the Jews:

  • Matt Hale, leader of the white supremacist World Church of the Creator, has called on his supporters to ally themselves with the Palestinians against the common Jewish enemy. In an April 10, 2002, press release, he called suicide bombing "an obviously effective technique that courageous Palestinians in their determination to expel the Jewish invader of their lands have decided to employ."
  • In a similar vein, David Irving, a historian whose stock in trade has been the traditional ultra-right-wing denial of the Holocaust, has written on his Web site of the "suicidal heroism" of the "Arab world" and denounced Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon as a "terrorist."
  • The notorious David Duke, the former Ku Klux Klan leader who has tried to import his brand of bigotry into the Republican party, has been giving pro-Palestinian speeches attacking "Jewish Supremacist Chutzpah" and ridiculing "the so-called holocaust."

Meanwhile, left-wing groups in the United States, especially on college campuses, have taken up the anti-Israel cause and pushed it over the line into outright anti-Semitism. The frightening incidents have swiftly mounted in recent months. Here are some examples:

  • At protest marches against the 2003 war in Iraq organized by Action Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER), anti- Jewish and pro-terrorist slogans and speeches abounded, from "End the Holocaust" (with a picture of Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon) to "First Jesus, Now Arafat -- Stop the Killers." At a San Francisco rally organized by ANSWER on Febru- ary 15, 2003, Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of the leftist magazine Tikkun, was forbidden to deliver an antiwar speech because of his pro-Israel position.
  • At an anti-Israel rally at the University of Denver, speakers compared Zionism to Nazism, and a member of the Colorado Campaign for Mideast Peace called a Jewish student a kike. On the same day, at another rally at San Francisco State University, posters were displayed bearing pictures of soup cans labeled "Made in Israel. Contents: Palestinian Children Meat."
  • An associate professor of history at Kent State University in Ohio used his column in the campus newspaper, the Kent Stater, to praise a female Palestinian suicide bomber.
  • Muslim student groups at the University of California's Berkeley and San Diego campuses posted flyers featuring bogus anti-Semitic quotations from the Talmud, including statements such as "A Gentile girl who is three years old can be violated" and "When the Messiah comes, every Jew will have 2800 slaves."
  • At Illinois State University, a Jewish student who was asked to sign a petition in support of Palestinian rights asked whether the petition addressed the issue of suicide bombings. In response, a Palestinian graduate student said the petition talked about how to blow the Jewish student's head off.
  • Pro-Palestinian demonstrators at San Francisco State University screamed slogans including "Go back to Russia" and "Hitler did not finish the job" at Jewish students expressing support for Israel.
Never Again?. Copyright © by Abraham Foxman. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2004

    Unfounded Arraingment of Nuances

    The so called facts in this book are nothing more than a collection of unfounded nuances. Mr. Foxman needs some heavier material to prove to the world that Jewish people are under just as much threat as they were during 1930's. He only serves to add fuel to the very things that he is leading a crusade against. Case in point would be Mel Gibson's lastest film 'The Passion'. The movie is now more popular that ever because of the controversy that Mr. Foxman's ogainization (the ADL) caused over it. I would like to think that the movie is famous for other resons such as, Jesus's message for us to 'love one another', but that is not the case. Much of the films success has been caused by the copious amounts of controversy that Abraham Foxman and a few other rogue elements have drummed up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2004

    Lest history repeat itself.

    This very important, well written, work by Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League addresses the emergence of a new, present day, hatred of the Jews (anti-Semitism) and discusses it's causes as well as it's implications for the future in relation to the State of Israel, the Jewish people and the International community as a whole. Described here as the 'oldest collective hate obsession in recorded history' the book comments upon many of the alleged causes quoting numerous examples in relation to each issue in order to illustrate how extensive the problem actually is. Amongst the subjects investigated are Jewish-Catholic relations, what is described as the 'religious right', Jihad and also the Muslim world. Many readers will find a case to answer in all the issues addressed, but on a personal basis I find myself disagreeing with the comments supportive of ecumenism as well as some of those pertaining to the support of Israel by Evangelical Christians. Readers must make up their own minds on the presentation confronting them on all these issues. I personally feel that the book has not gone far enough on some issues and too far on others. Having said that, the seriousness of the issue here cannot be ignored and the importance of this study cannot be over-emphasised. The book describes in some detail how the hatred of the Jews is openly endorsed by Arab governments throughout the Middle East, where it is cited as being disseminated by the media, taught in schools & universities and preached from the Mosques. Anti-Semitism is depicted as being well and truly 'out of the Arab closet' with no differentiation between Jews and Israelis when radical imams call upon their Islamic followers to kill the Jews. The reader is shown how this helps to fuel the flames of hatred towards the Jews amongst a billion Muslims across the globe. Muslim communities being described as constituting a rapidly growing force in dozens of countries, eager to influence anti-Jewish policies upon the nations in which they reside. Whilst discussing this issue the book is careful to distinguish between anti-Semitism and fair, contextual opposition of some Israeli leaders or policies. Pursuing this virulent hatred of the Jews is further illustrated as serving the purpose of distracting attention from the alleged failures, corruption & incompetence of some Arab leaders such as Yasser Arafat, with the Arab populace being convinced that the source of it's troubles is solely the 'tyranny of Israel & the Jews'. The book further elaborating with the example that when Palestinian suicide bombers embark on their missions, they wrap themselves, not in the banner of the Palestinian Authority, but in the green & white flag of Islam. It being further described that any pre-recorded videos by the bombers talk of 'religious martyrdom' and their wish to 'kill the Jews'. The book is described as a 'wake-up call' to a looming International emergency, declaring that people are not born bigots and must be taught to hate, whilst simultaneously listing a number of honest measures which need to be taken in order to confront an evil where men, women and children are persecuted because of their race, religion or political views. History must not repeat itself. Recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2004

    Good, but not by any means complete

    There is a good book and it outlines the danger of the new Anti- Semitism . It does a good job in covering at least part of the way the Arabs have succeeded in converting the Islamic world to anti- Semitism. But it has a major omission . Foxman has spent his life combating the Anti- Semitism of the right, and has done noble things. But he shows no awareness of the anti- Semitism in the Left. It is this Anti- Semitism that which is present on many U.S. campuses, that which has distorted the thinking of a part of the intellectual elite of the Western world which most strongly deserves combating. My sense is that Foxman is 'that by focusing on the ' right' Foxman has picked on an easier target. And that he now should shift attention to the anti- Semitism and take it on with all the considerable strength at his command.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2003

    A smart look at the rebirth of anti-Semitism

    I was initially very skeptical of Foxman's claim that the new anti-Semitism was 'as great a threat to the safety and security of the Jewish people as the one we faced in the 1930's -- if not a greater one.' But he paints compelling and grim picture and convinced me. It is a chilling look into the world of jew-hatred: from the left, from the right, from the political elite, from the common person. Wow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2003

    Masterpiece in today´s politics

    I bought the book with a very suspicious mind, presuming the book was just another Holocaust review. After reading the book i was left with an inmense gratitude towards the author for the clarity in which today´s accusations of Judeomasonic world control are understood and presented thru media. As the book implies, in order to grasp the actual state of affairs one must realize the geostrategic position of Israel today, and how other powers are using the situation for their own benefit, namely the masonic institutions. Max Costanello

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