Antisemtism, by Philip Slayton

Reactions to Antisemitism by Philip Slayton

“Philip Slayton has succeeded in writing a book on an explosive subject which is fair to everyone – traditionalists, Zionists, assimilationists and Palestinians . Only the anti- semites are not redeemed and even there, the different definitions of anti-semitism are treated dispassionately.Weaving together family history, the history of the Jews, politics and sociology, Slayton has made a novel and welcome contribution to this topic.” – Julius Grey, author of Capitalism and the Alternatives
“Philip Slayton is one of Canada’s most bold and adventurous thinkers. In Antisemitism, he turns his talents to the subject of this ancient hatred, teasing out its many complex historical, political, cultural, religious, and regional threads, probing the current context of identitarianism — and proposing a path forward that’s both pragmatic and empathetic. Thought-provoking, nuanced, and fearless.” – Tara Henley, author of Lean Out: A Meditation on the Madness of Modern Life
“Philip Slayton didn’t plan to write a book on antisemitism — but we should all be glad that he did. He has bravely gone where few have gone before.
On the one hand, he accepts the premise that the Holocaust carried out by the Nazis was a supreme act of antisemitism. On the other hand, he argues that overzealous Zionism is the single biggest contributor to “Jew-hatred” today. It is not necessarily antisemitic, he contends, to boycott Israel or Israeli products as a non-violent political protest against Israeli policies toward Palestinians. In today’s age of identity politics, we need to think differently about antisemitism, Slayton concludes. “To give equal weight to all expressions of Jew-hatred is to deny serious weight to any.”
– Patrick Martin, former Middle East correspondent for The Globe and Mail
“A personal and penetrating look at the many forms of antisemitism through the ages and in our own age of identity politics, and how to think about and react to this ancient hatred.” – Anna Porter, author of Kasztner’s Train: The True Story of an Unknown Hero of the Holocaust