A short, powerful exploration of antisemitism - what it is, and why we urgently need to gain a firmer shared understanding
Antisemitism has been on the rise in recent years, with violent attacks, increased verbal insults, and an acceptability in some circles of what would hitherto have been condemned as outrageous antisemitic discourse. Yet despite the dramatic increase in debate and discussion around antisemitism, many of us remain confused.
In this urgent and timely book, Rabbi Julia Neuberger uses contemporary examples, along with historical context, to unpack what constitutes antisemitism, building a powerful argument for why it is so crucial that we come to a shared understanding now.
If you want to understand the recent rise in antisemitism, read this book. Read it now. An important book at a critical time
Passionate, principled and necessary - a book for our times
Julia Neuberger is Senior Rabbi at West London Synagogue. She is a cross bench member of the House of Lords and a trustee of various charities. She chairs the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, and is a member of the board of the Van Leer Foundation. She is also a trustee of Full Fact, an organisation dedicated to getting proper information, and fair evidence, before the public. She writes, broadcasts, and lectures frequently, and is mainly concerned with issues around mental ill health, asylum and refugee issues, health in general, old age and loneliness, end of life care, and the struggle to find meaning in everyday life. She was a member of the Runnymede Trust's Commission on antisemitism, 'A very light sleeper', in 1993, and of its commission on Islamophobia, 'Islamophobia: A Challenge for Us All', 1997.