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Objective Antisemitism

Someone in Europe appears to have finally understood the most pernicious aspect of 21st century antisemitism — the congenital inability of most of its practitioners to understand the fact of their antisemitism.  From Haaretz: Robin Shepherd is not the first … Read More

By / September 4, 2007

Someone in Europe appears to have finally understood the most pernicious aspect of 21st century antisemitism — the congenital inability of most of its practitioners to understand the fact of their antisemitism.  From Haaretz:

Robin Shepherd is not the first person to try and define the world's oldest hatred, but he is perhaps one of the most unlikely. The senior research fellow at the Chatham House think tank in London has no significant connection to the Jewish people, and his visit to Israel last week was only his second. But he still believes his decision to spend a year researching the new European anti-Semitism is perfectly relevant for any serious observer of international affairs.

Shepherd is only beginning what he expects to be a year of research on the subject, probably culminating in a book, but he already has a number of basic insights. The first is a clear differentiation between the old and new European anti-Semites, or as he puts it, "subjective" and "objective" anti-Semitism.

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