Jews & the State
To the Editor:
In his otherwise comprehensive review of Benjamin Ginsberg’s The Fatal Embrace: Jews and the State [January], Jay P. Lefkowitz fails to discuss a key shortcoming of the book: its underlying premise that it is Jewish behavior that is the prime instigator of anti-Semitism.
In his book, Ginsberg omits any discussion of Christian or Islamic theological anti-Semitism; the psychological bases of racism and bigotry; or other sociopathic phenomena that have plagued the Jewish people over the centuries. From this perspective, it is not surprising that Ginsberg collapses into his own “fatal embrace” with the Jews. He goes to great lengths to document what he apparently perceives as longstanding Jewish domination of European life, and then slides into a venting of his own frustration with the children of Moses.
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