The overwhelming advice I’m picking up these days from people who know about antisemitism is to prepare for an escalation of untruths, half truths and warped truths about Israel’s Jews and Jews who support Israel’s existence.
At the Isaiah Berlin Lecture Nick Cohen warned “be better informed”. In the JC Anthony Julius warns that “friends of Israel must train themselves in history, in politics — in argument”. Everybody’s saying so.
It’s a call to books. Yesterday three arrived – Shlomo Ben Ami’s Scars of War, Wounds of Peace, Bernard Harrison’s The Resurgence of Anti-semitism: Jews, Israel and Liberal Opinion. And (this one’s going to hurt) Meron Benvenisti’s Sacred Landscape: The Buried History of the Holy Land Since 1948.
But what I really should be reading, I guess, is what that lot are reading – Gada Karmi’s Married to Another Man and Mearsheimer and Walt’s The Israel Lobby, Ilan Pappe’s The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine. For a start.
What a life. I wonder if there’s an antisemitic book group round here.