Worthwhile Canadian Analysis on the New Anti-Semitism

Canada's foreign minister, John Baird, believes that the anti-Israel double-standard in much of polite discourse today is simply another form of anti-Semitism:

Slamming the "constant barrage of rhetorical demonization, double standards and delegitimization" of Israel, Baird characterized this as the new anti-Semitism.

"Harnessing disparate anti- Semitic, anti-American and anti-Western ideologies, it targets the Jewish people by targeting the Jewish homeland, Israel, as the source of injustice and conflict in the world, and uses, perversely, the language of human rights to do so," he said. "We must be relentless in exposing this new anti-Semitism for what it is."

Joining the anti-Israel sentiment would be the "easy thing to do" and it would be much simpler to just "pretend that engaging in anti- Israeli rhetoric is being somehow even-handed," Baird said. But Canada would not "go along to get along," and would not remain silent while "the Jewish state is attacked for defending its territory or people."
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Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. He is the author of Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror. More

Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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