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A normal hatred?

Most anti-Jewish feeling is a world away from "traditional" antisemitism

By Tony Klug   August 2006

Recent actions by the Israeli military in Gaza and Lebanon, and the responses to them, have prompted renewed fears of antisemitism among the British and other Jewish communities. Jonathan Sacks, the British chief rabbi, had already warned earlier this year of “a kind of tsunami of antisemitism.” Yet some voices from within these same communities are quick to deny any link between Israeli policies and anti-Jewish feelings. Rather, current enmity towards both Jews and Israel, notably from within the Arab and Muslim worlds, is explained as a phase in Jew-hatred stretching back centuries. Melanie Phillips promotes such a theme in…

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