The Politics of Anti-Semitism
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Jeffrey St. Clair
|Publisher||CounterPunch, AK Press|
|October 10, 2003|
Contributors include former U.S. Representative Cynthia McKinney, British foreign correspondent Robert Fisk, former senior CIA analysts Bill and Kathy Christison, professor of philosophy Michael Neumann, Capitol Hill staffer George Sutherland, assistant professor of political science and author Norman Finkelstein, Israeli Uri Avnery, Shaheed Alam and Israeli journalists Neve Gordon and Yigal Bronner as well as Will Yeoman, Kurt Nimmo and Anne Pettifer. The editors Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair allege "false accusations of antisemitism are used to silence Israel's critics", and write about the USS Liberty incident.
- "Partisans of Israel often make false accusations of anti-Semitism to silence Israel's critics. The 'antisemite!' libel is harmful not only because it censors debate about Israel's racism and human rights abuses but because it trivializes the ugly history of Jew-hatred." (Handleman, Scott, "Trivializing Jew-Hatred," in The Politics of Anti-Semitism, ed. Alexander Cockburn. AK Press, 2003, p. 13.)
- "Apologists for Israel's repression of Palestinians toss the word 'anti-Semite' at any critic of what Zionism has meant in practice for Palestinians on the receiving end." (Cockburn, Alexander and St. Clair, Jeffrey, preface to The Politics of Anti-Semitism, ed. Alexander Cockburn. AK Press, 2003, p.vii.)