Mark McK­ain, ed.
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By – July 16, 2012
With the end of World War II and the mass destruc­tion of most of Euro­pean Jew­ry, anti-Semi­tism — the world’s old­est hatred — seemed to have spent itself. Such is not the case. The estab­lish­ment of the State of Israel stoked the fires of out­rage and anger through­out the Arab and Mus­lim worlds. The sit­u­a­tion of the Pales­tin­ian Arabs became a burn­ing issue. Some Chris­t­ian church­es used the Arab-Israeli issue as an excuse to exhib­it resid­ual anti-Jew­ish sen­ti­ment. Anti-Semi­tism is on the rise again. Among some Third World and elit­ist left­ist groups, it has become fash­ion­able to dis­par­age or hate Jews. This vol­ume in Greenhaven’s At Issue series dis­cuss­es many aspects of anti-Semi­tism and their impact on today’s world. Using mate­ri­als culled from mag­a­zines, speech­es, essays and news­pa­pers, it treats such con­tro­ver­sial top­ics as: Is anti-Israel crit­i­cism or anti-Zion­ism rhetoric anti-Semit­ic? What is the role of Chris­tian­i­ty in pro­mot­ing or dis­cour­ag­ing anti-Semi­tism? Moslem sen­ti­ments regard­ing Jews, pro and con; the resur­gence of Euro­pean anti-Semi­tism; and Israeli poli­cies in deal­ing with the Pales­tini­ans. Includ­ed are a bib­li­og­ra­phy, index, and list of con­tact agen­cies con­cerned with these top­ics. This use­ful and bal­anced col­lec­tion is rec­om­mend­ed for high school stu­dents and adults.
Robert A. Sil­ver, a retired librar­i­an spe­cial­iz­ing in adult ser­vices and adult books, was chair of the Notable Books Com­mit­tee of the ALA.

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