Almost anything by Bernard Lewis is worth reading. His narrative of the evolution of anti-Semitism and particularly Arab Anti-Semitism is valuable because it corrects some popular misconceptions and myths about Golden Ages and Dhimmitude, and adds a chapter to our knowledge of the evolution of Arab antagonism to Jews in modern times. Lewis also does a creditable job of separating "anti-Semitism" from "legitimate criticism of Israel" and even plain old hate. Continued...
The New Anti-Semitism
(first posted apparently at http://hnn.us/blogs/entries/21832.html )
The American Scholar - Volume 75 No. 1 Winter 2006 pp. 25-36
There is a well-worn platitude that we have all heard many times before: it is perfectly legitimate to criticize the actions and policies of the state of Israel or the doctrines of Zionism without necessarily being motivated by anti-Semitism. The fact that this has been repeated ad nauseam does not detract from its truth. Not only do I accept it, but I would even take it a step further with another formulation that may perhaps evoke surprise if not shock: it is perfectly possible to hate and even to persecute Jews without necessarily being anti-Semitic.
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