In my recent podcast interview with Eyal Bitton on “Proudly Jewish: Conversations on Israel and Jewish Identity,” we explored rising antisemitism and strategies to combat it, a theme central to my upcoming book, From Outrage to Action: A Practical Guide to Fighting Antisemitism. This book was successfully funded by Kickstarter backers. If you’re not already a paid subscriber to my Substack newsletter, now might be the time. I’m going to run exclusive book excerpts there. I really need to work on the way I do interviews. I’ll be doing more of them in the next few months as I have two books to promote. Note to self: Get a haircut, stop tilting your head, and stop squinting. Anyway, here are the key points we covered in the interview:
- October 7th Massacre: We discussed the significance of this day, which marked a tragic massacre of Jews, the worst since the Holocaust, and my personal reflections on it.
- Global Reaction to Antisemitism: The shocking worldwide response to the massacre, revealing a disturbing trend of support for the perpetrators.
- Personal Connection to the Holocaust: My family history with the Holocaust and how it has influenced my perspective and work.
- Rise of Antisemitism: Examination of the increase in antisemitic sentiments over the past decade, particularly around 2016, and its presence across the political spectrum.
- Antisemitism as a “Disease of Opportunity:” Discussion on how antisemitism thrives on conspiracy theories and is not confined to any single political ideology.
- Antisemitism and Israel: The complex relationship between criticism of Israel and antisemitism, including the misuse of criticisms as a veil for antisemitism.
- Antisemitism in Education: The concerning rise of antisemitic rhetoric and actions in educational institutions, from high schools to universities.
- Combating Antisemitism: Insights into effective strategies to fight antisemitism, which is the focus of my upcoming book, From Outrage to Action: A Practical Guide to Fighting Antisemitism.