How to Fight Anti-Semitism

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How to Fight Anti-Semitism
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First edition cover
AuthorBari Weiss
Audio read byBari Weiss
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SubjectAntisemitism
GenreNon-fiction
PublisherCrown
Publication date
September 10, 2019
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
Pages224
ISBN978-0-593-13605-8
305.892/4
LC ClassDS145 .W46 2019

How to Fight Anti-Semitism, written by journalist Bari Weiss, explores the history and current manifestations of antisemitism and attempts to provide strategies to oppose it. Weiss identifies the main strains of antisemitism as left-wing, right-wing, and Islamic antisemitism, and tries to provide a history of each variety. Weiss said that the book will discuss the "alarming rise of antisemitism in (the United States) and in Europe", and will propose ways to address the problem.[1][2]

As of January 2022, the book was translated into French[3] and Arabic.[4][5]

Reception[edit]

Tal Lavin of The Nation says that Weiss presents an anti-intellectual argument in her exploration of antisemitism. Lavin says that Weiss presents simplistic caricatures of both the left and the right, and that the presentation of Muslim antisemitism suggests exclusion of Muslim groups from Europe under a veil of plausible deniability. Lavin concludes his review by stating that the "profound lack of intellectual curiosity, proportionality, and material analysis in the book renders it worse than simply useless."[6]

Jordan Weissmann of Slate presents a sharp critique of Weiss's book. Weissmann highlights as his central criticism the false equivalence between antisemitism on the right and on the left. He argues that by reaching towards genocide as the endpoint of left-wing antisemitism, Weiss far overstates her case. In addition, Weissman argues that Weiss often fails to present a complete picture of events and people, that Weiss never explores evangelical antisemitism, and that Weiss presents an oversimplified view of how antisemitic radicalization occurs.[7]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Dolstein, Josefin (27 February 2019). "New York Times opinion editor Bari Weiss writing book on anti-Semitism". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  2. ^ Spiro, Amy (28 February 2019). "Jewish 'New York Times' writer to pen book on antisemitism Bari Weiss signed a two-book deal with Crown Publishing". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Bari Weiss: "Le wokisme va consumer les institutions d'où il est parti"". LEFIGARO (in French). 16 November 2021.
  4. ^ "How to Fight Anti-Semitism by Bari Weiss, in Arabic - Ideas Beyond Borders". 6 January 2022. Retrieved 13 January 2022.
  5. ^ "Introducing How to Fight Anti-Semitism in Arabic". FDD. 24 August 2021.
  6. ^ Lavin, Talia (1 October 2019). "Bari Weiss's 'How to Fight Anti-Semitism' Is Just a Frustrating, Book-Length Op-Ed". The Nation. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  7. ^ Weissmann, Jordan (6 September 2019). "Bari Weiss' New Book on Anti-Semitism Talks About the Left the Way Anti-Semites Talk About Jews". Slate. Retrieved 28 February 2020.