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A State Beyond the Pale: Europe's Problem with Israel

Robin Shepherd

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Prose: non-fiction, Political ideologies

'A State Beyond the Pale' looks at the roots of anti-Israeli sentiment in Europe.

The Jewish state of Israel has now acquired the status of a pariah across much of the West and especially in Europe. For many, it has become the contemporary equivalent of apartheid South Africa - a system and a state with no legitimate place in the modern world. Israel's conflict with the Palestinians and the wider Muslim world also takes place across one of the great fault lines in global politics. No-one with a serious interest in international affairs can ignore it. But why have so many people and institutions of influence in Europe chosen to place themselves on the side of that fault line which opposes Israel Where exactly does all this hostility come from Can this really be put down to a revival of anti-Semitism on a continent which gave the world the Holocaust 'A State Beyond the Pale: Europe's Problem with Israel' looks at the roots of anti-Israeli sentiment in Europe and shows why there is now a risk that it may even spread to the United States. In the author's view, the Israel-Palestine conflict can be seen as a test case for the West's ability to stand up for the values it claims as its own. In Europe, important institutions and individuals are now failing that test. This book explains why.

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Robin Shepherd

Robin Shepherd ran the Europe programme at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London. He is quoted in and writes commentaries for newspapers around the world and has appeared frequently on the BBC, CNN and other broadcast outlets. He speaks Russian, Slovak, French and Czech.

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