A Book Worth Reading.
Although I am a book lover I would freely admit that my capacity for reading now is somewhat limited, but perusing the Guardian I came across an intriguing article by Keith Kahn-Harris, where he discusses Anthony Julius’s new book, Trials of the Diaspora: A History of Anti-Semitism in England.
“A real debate needs to happen about antisemitism. At the moment positions are so immobile and passions so inflamed that productive dialogue is difficult. Trials of the Diaspora could provide an important resource in opening up conversation if there is the will to do so. Pro-Palestinian campaigners and anti-Zionists who do not see themselves as antisemites need to look seriously at the arguments Julius makes. Zionists and those concerned about antisemitism need to look critically at the book and take on board the more subtle elements of Julius’s book, rather than simply see it as further ammunition in an endless verbal war. Above all, Trials of the Diaspora should be read as a work of scholarship designed to stimulate serious thought, rather than fuel for a new round of polemics.”