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In this intensely passionate and compelling book, the best-selling feminist and Jewish writer Phyllis Chesler demonstrates how old-fashioned anti-Semitism has become newly fashionable, even politically correct, and how this plague threatens the Jews of the world, America, and Western civilization.

A dangerous, worldwide coalition of Islamic terrorists, well-intentioned but profoundly misinformed students, right wing fascists, left-wing ideologues, pious academics, feminists, ...

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In this intensely passionate and compelling book, the best-selling feminist and Jewish writer Phyllis Chesler demonstrates how old-fashioned anti-Semitism has become newly fashionable, even politically correct, and how this plague threatens the Jews of the world, America, and Western civilization.

A dangerous, worldwide coalition of Islamic terrorists, well-intentioned but profoundly misinformed students, right wing fascists, left-wing ideologues, pious academics, feminists, opportunistic European politicians, and sensation-seeking international media have joined together to once again blame the Jews and the Jewish state for the current world crisis. Today, lethal activism against the Jews often takes the form of anti-Zionism. Osama Bin Laden, for example, blamed the 9/11 World Trade Center attack on U.S. government support for Israel. Since then, hundreds of synagogues have been burned, cemeteries and destroyed, and Jews threatened, boycotted, beaten, and killed. Jews have been blamed for huge stock market losses and for the decline of the world economy. The long-ago disproven Protocols of Zion, which accuse the Jews of an alleged world-conspiracy to conquer and control the world, have been revived and promulgated in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.

So what must we do? "Fight against the Big Lies," Chesler says. (No, the Jews do not control the world's money and media, and the Jews did not kill Christ.) Avoid rigid, dogmatic ideologies. Focus on the world's real problems (disease, poverty, illiteracy, violence) instead of scapegoating the Jews and demonizing the Jewish state. Be fair to Israel. Form Jewish-Christian, Jewish-Muslim, and Jewish-Palestinian alliances. Restore campus civility and above all, Jews must stop fighting among themselves.

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“In this passionate and powerful book, Chesler shows how the international struggle for human rights was hijacked by Jew and Israel haters. She exposes how politically correct western intellectuals and many human rights activists have betrayed both the truth and the Jews. The book is sensitive and authoritative and constitutes essential reading. Anyone who wants to understand the connection between anti-Semitism, Islamic terrorism, the role of propaganda, and appeasement must read this book.”–Natan Sharansky, author, Fear No Evil; Israeli Minister for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs

“A passionate and beautifully written book by a card-carrying radical feminist who is also a religious Jew and a committed Zionist. She demonstrates, by equal portions of hot emotion and cool logic, that she is not the one guilty of inconsistency with her radical principles. It is the new "politically correct" anti-Semites, including many feminists, who have some explaining to do. This book will make you weep. It will also make you angry and frightened."–Alan Dershowitz, professor, Harvard Law School; author, The Case for Israel

"Absolutely amazing, troubling, fierce. An indispensable guide to the apocalyptic sandstorms our world now faces. A new and virulent anti-Semitism, blessed by western intellectuals, is changing global assumptions about history and justice and threatening all hopes for peace on our troubled planet. I am stunned by the book; it’s brilliant, and must be read and debated. Our lives may depend on it."
–Erica Jong, poet and novelist, Fear of Flying and Sappho’s Leap

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787978037
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,473,348
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Phyllis Chesler is an emerita professor of psychology and women's studies, a psychotherapist, expert courtroom witness, and the author of twelve books including the ground-breaking international best-seller Women and Madness. She is the cofounder of the Association for Women in Psychology and the National Women's Health Network. Her archives reside at Duke University. She has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the O'Reilly Factor, Nightline, Washington Journal, the Today Show, the Judith Regan Show, Good Morning America, and NPR. She can be contacted at
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Table of Contents


1. 9/11 and the New Anti-Semitism.

2. The Old Anti-Semitism.

3. Modern Anti0Semitism Before 9/11.

4. What's New About the New Anti-Semitism.

5. The Betrayal of Truth, Part One: The European Intifada.

6. The Betrayal of Truth, Part Two: The Intifada in North America.

7. Is Anti-Zionism the New Anti-Semitism?

8. What We Must Do.

Questions and Answers.


Suggested Reading.

The Author.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2005


    If your gut has ever told you that the old 'I am not an anti-Semite, I am anti-Israeli policy' line was a mere cover for the speaker¿s anti-Semitism, then this is the book for you. If you see apparently smart, thoughtful people opining that there is a moral equivalence between killing a terrorist who plans murders and blowing up a bus with innocent men, women and children on board, then this book is for you. If you are tired of the verbal throat clearing in the form of condemnation of mass murder, followed by an implication of justification for it, then this is a must read for you. This book will give you the facts to make the anti-Semite/anti-Isreali in your midst see the flaws in her reasoning, and also understand why the facts surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are much more complex than the anti-Israel/anti-Semitic polemicists make them out to be. The book provides a thorough and thoughtful analysis of modern anti-Semitism, a form of discrimination that, unlike its older counterpart, comes from the left under the guise of standing up for an underdog. As evidence of this modern anti-Semitism, Chesler provides a disturbing list of anti-Semitic acts committed around the world in recent years. While Chesler may lose some readers at first due to her angry tone, she eventually settles in and examines the subtle facts of Israel's continuing struggle for its existence. She wins much kudos for pointing out Israel's faults and failure to live up to some of its own ideals, but correctly points out that Israel has on the whole conducted itself within a moral framework in defending itself against provocation by atrocity. Chesler examines the coterie of leftists, feminists, European politicians, students and traditional anti-Semites opposing Israeli policy and points out that their willingness to overlook mass murder of innocents in the name of ¿national liberation¿ flies against everything else that they are supposed to stand for. In addition, she discusses that these groups¿ undue attention to Israel, to the exclusion of many dictatorships and authoritarian regimes who regularly commit atrocities and suppress their people¿s freedom, cannot be but pure, traditional anti-Semitism with a now convenient outlet in the form of the tragic and prolonged struggle between people with competing claims to the same land. This is a must read.

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