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When the State of Israel claims to represent all Jewish people, defenders of Israeli policy redefine antisemitism to include criticism of Israel. Antisemitism is harmful and real in our society. What must also be addressed is how the deployment of false charges of antisemitism or redefining antisemitism can suppress the global progressive fight for justice. There is no one ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 27th 2017 by Haymarket Books
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GONZA
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
To make the long story short this book handle, or at last tries to, manage the impossibility that some Jews have to criticize Israel; this is due to the fact that the known situation: whoever criticize Israel's politics is accused of being Antisemit, even if this is pretty ridiculous as the people are themselves Jews, but it is so.
Thanks to the Jewish Voice for Peace to remember us (not Jews) that they are not all against Palestine, in times like these it's necessary to work for peace.

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Lis
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, nonfiction, reviewed
On the whole, I enjoyed reading this book. It's a necessary book, "now, more than ever," to borrow a cliche activist phrase from this age.

The only thing I came away with somewhat negatively are my thoughts on the intended audience of this book. Don't get me wrong. Each essay has an important point of view in its own right. I don't doubt the necessity of any of these pieces, or the validity of any author's voice.

It says on the back that this book is intended as a "resource" for Palestinian solida
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Andy Oram
Dec 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: politics
The whole point of this book, not clear from the title, is that people opposed to the existence of the Jewish state do not automatically deserve the accusation of being antisemitic. I accept the book's premise, because many Jews and others have been anti-Zionist for many reasons ever since the modern concept of Zionism arose. As a supporter of J Street I have spoken against bills and other repressive measures that hinder the free speech rights of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions activists. But ...more
Joy Messinger
[4.5 stars] I've been reading the essays of this book in short spurts over the last five months. As a non-Jewish woman of color in an interracial and interfaith relationship with a White Ashkenazi Jewish JVP member / organizer, I found this book to be an important educational resource to examine my understanding of antisemitism and its contemporary uses to justify empire. I think a lot about how (I hope) to raise children in both secular and religious feminist Jewish community inclusive of non-W ...more
Elizabeth
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I sat down to read this book, I was expecting to learn about the meaning of antisemitism -- the forms it takes in the world and how it is recognizable. What the book actually revealed to me was even more powerful. That is, the essays in the book pulled away the curtain of false accusations of antisemitism and revealed the movement for Palestinian rights. The book does have an appendix with JVP's statement on antisemitism and that is a clear and succinct definition of antisemitism. But the b ...more
KellyAnn
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Valuable not only for critical discussion of the role Antisemitism and Antisemitism discourse plays in the Palestinian struggle, but for critique of how we form arguments, ideologies, and identities that can be applied (with adaption) to many, if not all, issues in our lives. Doesn't appear to me to diminish the reality of antisemitism, it's use in Israel-Palestine discourse and in the lives of Jewish people and communities, while providing critical discourse on how it can be weaponized to silen ...more
Madeleine
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theory
incredibly helpful tool for thinking through the need to always connect identity politics to where structural power and oppression happens. helped me think through the workings of antisemitism, anti-zionism, anti-racism, and anti-colonialism in a more nuanced way
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Feb 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: education
Enjoyed “Two Degrees of Separation: Israel, Its Palestinian Victims, and the Fraudulent Use of Antisemitism” but Omar Barghouti
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Shelves: jewish-stuff
Some of the essays in this collection oversimplify anti-Semitism and some of the claims made explicitly or explicitly are ones I disagree with (eg. the assertion that it's somehow inaccurate or disingenuous to describe anti-Semitism as cyclical in nature). However most of the essays are good, and a few are really great. I'm glad the Jewish community is having a discussion about Orientalism, the Euro-centric roots of common definitions of anti-Semitism, the construction of the category of "Semite ...more
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