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Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Roger L. Simon on Klug Review in The Nation

You may first want to see the book review to which Simon is responding: The Myth of the New Anti-Semitism by Brian Klug.

It concerns these books:
Never Again? The Threat of the New Anti-Semitism by Abraham Foxman,
The Case for Israel by Alan Dershowitz,
The New Anti-Semitism: The Current Crisis and What We Must Do About It by Phyllis Chesler, and
A New Antisemitism? Debating Judeophobia in 21st Century Britain by Paul Iganski and Barry Kosmin, Eds.
Yet again - should there be a Jewish state?
On the surface Klug appears to be attacking those who conflate anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism but at heart it is yet another salvo in an old war – whether there should be an actual Jewish state. . .

. . . those who “idealistically” advocate the Jews accept a binational state in the Holy Land ought to consider, putting it gently, what the outcome would be of sharing their society with the Palestinian culture in its present state. You might as well turn around and walk back into the gas chambers.

Read it all. Simon is good and kind, but suffers no confusion. Having recently been to France, he knows whereof he speaks.