The Energies of anti-Semitism have been transferred . . .

Print Friendly

Ritchie Robertson reviewing ‘The End of Jewish Modernity’ by Enzo Traverso (Pluto Press),

Traverso argues, that at least in Western Europe, anti-Semitism has dwindled A good test case, he avers, is the worldwide excitement aroused by the much publicized conduct of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, accused in 2011 of sexually assaulting a hotel maid. A century earlier, anti-Semites would have had a field day: today nobody so much as commented on Strauss-Kahn’s Jewishness. Nor are right-wing populists generally anti-Semitic – and certainly not anti-Zionist. The more intransigently Israel’s leaders behave, the more the populists applaud. Instead, the energies of anti-Semitism have been transferred to Islamophobia, a form of racism that binds the diverse discontents of the Right.” (TLS, August 11, 2017)

(2)