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From the Publisher"If, as Joyce wrote, history is a nightmare from which we aretrying to awake, this is even truer of the 'Jewish question'– a nightmare made up of myths and prejudice leading toanti-Semitism and to ancient but persistent wars of religion, suchas those opposing Arabs and Israelis. By adopting a French focuswhen revisiting these issues as treated by Marx, Freud, Sartre andArendt, Roudinesco brilliantly cleans the picture of its fog ofobfuscation. Thanks to her intimate knowledge of the facts andactors, we are shown a path to a new understanding; hopefully, itwill lead to an awakening."
Jean-Michel Rabaté, University of Pennsylvania
"Élisabeth Roudinesco probes the toxic topic of Jew-hatred,ancient, mediaeval and newer, and of modern politicalanti-Semitism, trying to draw a clear distinction between them;adding to this, she analyses the recent phenomenon – of atotally different character – of anti-Zionism and/or thelegitimate criticism of the State of Israel and its politics. Theoutcome is courageous and timely in its argument for universal andenlightened jewishness; it also offers a highly rich and diversereading which is full of compelling twists and unexpected,refreshing deliberations."
Idith Zertal, University of Basel