Globalising Hatred: The New Anti-semitismHardback
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- Publisher: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
- Format: Hardback | 208 pages
- Dimensions: 134mm x 218mm x 26mm | 340g
- Publication date: 1 September 2009
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0297844733
- ISBN 13: 9780297844730
- Sales rank: 1,121,490
This book argues that what the 21st century now faces is an ideological assault based on hatred of Jews which is as serious as any major threat to universal values as the world has faced. Anti-semitism is the visible language and action of a deeper threat to world peace, to the achievements of the human spirit we call the Enlightenment, and undermines vital work to address problems like poverty and the challenges of the environment. Denis MacShane's survey of 21st century anti-semitism is based on the All-Party Commission of Enquiry which was chaired by the author in the UK. His book considers examples in Europe and how anti-semitism is now a linking mechanism between different extremisms, usually but not exclusively of the Right. It lists in detail the anti-semitism in national party politics, including the European Parliament, and it examines how Holocaust denial is not a question of liberal free-expression issues but an organised ideological position. The new anti-semitism arises from three main sources: state-sanctioned anti-semitism; that of terrorist movements like Al Qaeda; and that of political movements like the Muslim Brotherhood and its off-shoots and spokesmen. The book is both a cri de coeur for a new tolerance and a resolution to throw light on 21st century anti-semitism, which has left Europe to become a new form of mobilising politics across many continents.
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Denis MacShane has been a Labour MP since 1994. He was deputy foreign secretary and Minister for Europe under Tony Blair. After graduating from Oxford he worked for the BBC and was the youngest ever president of the National Union of Journalists. He completed a Ph D at London University and in the 1980s worked as an international trade union official which led to being arrested in Poland and South Africa as he worked with independent trade unions against communism and apartheid. He writes regularly for British, American and continental European papers. He is currently a UK delegate to the Council of Europe and represents the Labour Party at the Party of European Socialists. In 2005-2006 he set up and chaired the All-Party Commission of Inquiry into Antisemitism.
"MacShane has done a service by giving us a handbook of the signs" -- CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS, full page review TLS 21 November 08 "makes a powerful case that the struggle against anti-semitism remains the struggle against totalitarianism it was in the past." -- NICK RENNISON SUNDAY TIMES, 23 November 08 "Globalising Hatred poses an important question that cannot, by its nature, yet be answered - and that we must hope will not be. Is anti-Semitism capable of being fanned again into something broadbased and virulent, so that Jews who have felt safe for decades must again feel insecure?" -- JOHN LLOYD FINANCIAL TIMES, 8 November 08 "Bigotry, dogma and lies are three of the essential planks of anti-semitism in all its forms, and as long as radical Islam has anti-semitism at its heart, it will be incompatible with any decent social order." -- ALASDAIR PALMER SUNDAY TELEGRAPH MAGAZINE SEVEN, 9 November 08 "presents ample evidence of increased hostility in nearly every country with a large Jewish community - and in those without one, too... a small klaxon of a book." THE OBSERVER, 26 October 08 "MacShane alerts us to the way in which Arab opposition to Israel has led to an Islamic antisemitism that has escalated the territorial struggle in the MIddle East to a worldwide battle against all Jews... As someone who supports a Palestinian state, his cri de coeur is that "it is, not until the cause of Palestine is divorced from the antisemitism that it will fully flourish." -- JONATHAN ROMAIN THE INDEPENDENT, 17 October 08 "I am full of admiration for Denis MacShane's renewed attempt to tackle the dilemma; the best on the subject, I think, since Jean-Paul Satre's classic text on the subject 60 years ago. Denis MacShane has an impeccable record of fighting racial intolerance and prejudice." -- GEOFFREY GOODMAN TRIBUNE, 31 October 08 "very readable... does not beat about the bush." JEWISH CHRONICLE, 23 October 08