Rising from the Muck: The New Anti-Semitism in Europe

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Never since the end of World War II have anti-Jewish sentiments gained such currency in France among so many different social groups. Never have these sentiments been so publicly expressed and met so little intellectual and political resistance as they have since the year 2000. As the number of anti-Jewish incidents escalates, the anti-racist demonstrations that ordinarily would respond to them are nowhere in sight. Important questions therefore need to be put now about the shockingly common acceptance of anti-Semitic attitudes and behavior. In this important book, Mr. Taguieff surveys the landscape of contemporary anti-Semitism, describing its leading figures, the role of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, the Islamic influence in promoting anti-Zionism, and the blindness, complacency, or connivance of various institutions, groups, and individuals. The new wave of anti-Semitism spreading around the world, the author shows, is based on a polemical and fanciful amalgam of Jews, Israelis, and "Zionists" as representatives of an evil power. In the eyes of the new anti-Jews, the world's ills can be explained by Israel's existence. The chief accusation, purveyed especially by international Islamic circles and the heirs to Third Worldism, is that "Zionism," far from being a respectable nationalism like that of the Palestinians, is actually a form of colonialism, imperialism, and racism. The old European anti-Semitism, Mr. Taguieff notes, was a particular kind of racism, directed against Jews. The new worldwide anti-Semitism seeks to turn the charge of racism against the Jews.
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Editorial Reviews

Elie Wiesel
This urgently awaited study of the rise of antisemitism in Europe must be read by all those who wish to denounce and fight its poisonous effects.
Ben Wattenberg
Rising From The Muck is an important and terrifying book, about Judeophobia, in France, in Europe, and spreading globally. In readable language Pierre-André Taguieff pushes us to ask that old question 'Can it happen here?'—and what can we do to stop it.
David Pryce-Jones
...Pierre-André Taguieff shows how rapidly and thoroughly old-style racist prejudice against all Jews has taken on a new life. Who could have imagined how necessary and timely it is to restate basic humanist values, as this book does.
New York Sun - Fred Siegel
Mr. Taguieff's book penetrates beneath the surface of official rhetoric.
Jerusalem Center For Public Affairs - Manfred Gerstenfeld
The Wilson Quarterly
…Outshines [its] predecessors.…[A] supple analysis.
Library Bookwatch
This impressive written and presented treatise...is a frightening revelation of new trends...
Moment Magazine
…Deserves special attention…. Taguieff brings to the subject far more intellectual rigor than one usually finds…
An important book....[Taguieff] makes a strong and disturbing case…. Highly recommended.
New York Sun
Mr. Taguieff's book penetrates beneath the surface of official rhetoric.
— Fred Siegel
Jerusalem Center For Public Affairs
— Manfred Gerstenfeld
An important book....[Taguieff] makes a strong and disturbing case…. Highly recommended.
The New Leader
Highly readable, clarifies the troubling situation with admirable precision. Taguieff is the author of several well-regarded books on nationalism and racism. In Rising from the Much he brings all of his impressive intellectual powers to bear on exposing an uncomfortable truth most Europeans are aware of. Although his is not the first study to exlpore the new anti-Semitism, it is the best informaed and most congently argued. Taguieff's detailed exposure of the political culture that has given rise to Judeophobia is therefore indespensable.
Wilson Quarterly
…Outshines [its] predecessors.…[A] supple analysis.
Virginia Quarterly Review
The essays that form the bulk of the book provide lengthy examples and measured analysis…
Moment Magazine
...Deserves special attention.... Taguieff brings to the subject far more intellectual rigor than one usually finds...
Library Bookwatch
This impressive written and presented treatise...is a frightening revelation of new trends and the informational resource to go to...
Virginia Quarterly Review
The essays that form the bulk of the book provide lengthy examples and measured analysis...
Intense...Taguieff's insistence on the moral accountability of those who do violence to Jews in France...is admirable.
...Clarifies the troubling situation with admirable precision.... Indispensable.
Library Journal
Concurrent with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is an increase in anti-Semitic rhetoric and violence in Europe. How does a geographically localized conflict translate into increased anti-Semitism outside the Middle East? According to Taguieff (research director, National Center for Scientific Research, France), violence against diaspora communities is rationalized by the anti-Semitic canards, extremely popular in the Muslim world, purporting that Jews are engaged in a conspiracy of evil. Muslim immigrants then inculcate these ideas into the minds of Europeans. Perhaps the most controversial aspect of Taguieff's book is his accusation that a number of European intellectuals seek to justify anti-Semitic hostility by claiming that it results from Israeli actions and the consequent "disenfranchisement" of Muslim immigrants. According to Taguieff, support for the Palestinian cause and the demonization of Israel have become the cause c l bre among many liberals across the Western world in the past 30 years. Many public figures, especially politicians and scholars, have assimilated hostility toward Jews and Zionism into their own ideology, making the Israeli-Palestinian conflict emblematic of all first world-third world clashes. Although Taguieff's assessment is intended to be pan-national, he is strongest when discussing developments in France. Recommended for public libraries and special collections. Frederic Krome, Jacob Rader Marcus Ctr. of the American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566635714
  • Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
  • Publication date: 7/15/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Pierre-André Taguieff, a philosopher, political scientist, and historian of ideas, is a research director at France's National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and teaches at the Political Studies Institute in Paris. He has also written Nationalisms in Perspective, On Progress, The Eclipse of the Future, Color and Blood, The Face of Racism, and The Force of Prejudice.
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Table of Contents

1 Surveying the landscape : figures of contemporary Judeophobia 9
2 Israelophobia and Palestionophilia : the paths of hatred 40
3 Construction, content, functioning, and metamorphoses of the "new anti-Semitism" : toward the Islamization of absolute anti-Zionism 62
4 Silence in the face of the new Judeophobia : blindness, complacency, or design? 88
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