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Rabbi Baroness Neuberger DBE

Rabbi Baroness Neuberger DBE - Antisemitism: What It Is. What It Isn't. Why It Matters

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"Our True Nationality is Mankind" H G Wells
Globalisation, Nationalism & Migration - Futures

There has been a disturbing rise in antisemitism in Europe over the last fifteen years or so, with violent attacks on Jewish targets, increased verbal antisemitism, and an acceptability in many circles of what would hitherto have been condemned as outrageous antisemitic discourse. More recently, the Labour party have come under fire for engaging in antisemitic abuse. Yet despite the dramatic increase in debate and discussion around antisemitism, there is a general sense of confusion about what should and shouldn’t be defined as antisemitism – and particularly around the state of Israel.

In her new book, 'Antisemitism: What It Is. What It Isn't. Why It Matters', 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, and exploring ways of dealing with it.

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 and loneliness, life care, and the struggle to find meaning in everyday life.

"Passionate, principled and necessary - a book for our times."
Philippe Sands on 'Antisemitism: What It Is. What It Isn't. Why It Matters'

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