22 February 2006

Bernard Lewis on anti-semitism in the Middle East

Bernard Lewis on anti-semitism in the Middle East.

Anti-Semitism is something quite different. It is marked by two special features. One of them is that Jews are judged by a standard different from that applied to others. […]

The other special feature of anti-Semitism, which is much more important than differing standards of judgment, is the accusation against Jews of cosmic evil. Complaints against people of other groups rarely include it. This accusation of cosmic, satanic evil attributed to Jews, in various parts of the world and in various forms, is what has come to be known in modern times as anti-Semitism.

One sees that anti-Americanism is, in effect, simply an echo of judenhass.

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