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A State Beyond the Pale: Europe's Problem With Israel by Robin Shepherd



Details (if other): Cancel. Thanks for telling us about the problem. A State Beyond the Pale: Europe's Problem with Israel. The Jewish state of Israel has now acquired the status of a pariah across much of the West and especially in Europe

In a State Beyond the Pale, Robin Shepherd has written a devastating critique of arguments and accusations levelled at Israel in the battleground of public opinion. This isn't so much a book about the 'usual issues' we hear, it's more a book about what critics of Israel say and think; the reaction to Israel, rather than solely being about Israel. Sheppard is an immensely creative writer, never once needing to 'cry wolf' and settle for the label 'antisemite' as defence for Israel. I did want say it would be interesting to see how opponents of Shepherd answer his book, but as with The Case for Israel those same people chose not to answer; instead, simply attempting to deceive and dissuade people from reading it. In the realm of public discourse, Shepherd has raised the bar to a new level, and his work is simply in a category of its own.

A state beyond the pale: Europe's problem with Israel.

com Product Description (ISBN 0297856642, Hardcover). The Jewish state of Israel has now acquired the status of a pariah across much of the West and especially in Europe. For many, it has become the contemporary equivalent of apartheid South Africa-a system and a state with no legitimate place in the modern world. Israel's conflict with the Palestinians and the wider Muslim world also takes place across one of the great fault lines in global politics. A State Beyond the Pale' looks at the roots of anti-Israeli sentiment in Europe and shows why there is now a risk that it may even spread to the United States.

Robin Shepherd, whose new book, A State Beyond the Pale - Europe’s Problem with Israel explores hostility towards the Jewish state, says his pro-Israel position put him at odds with the leadership of London’s Chatham House. It didn’t result in my leaving immediately, he said, but it broke the relationship I had with my boss at the.

The Jewish state of Israel has now acquired the status of a pariah across much of the West and especially in Europe.

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The Jewish state of Israel has now acquired the status of a pariah across much of the West and especially in Europe. For many, it has become the contemporary equivalent of apartheid South Africa—a system and a state with no legitimate place in the modern world. Israel's conflict with the Palestinians and the wider Muslim world also takes place across one of the great fault lines in global politics. But why have so many people and institutions of influence in Europe chosen to place themselves on the side of that fault line which opposes Israel? Where exactly does all this hostility come from? Can this really be put down to a revival of anti-Semitism on a continent which gave the world the Holocaust? This book looks at the roots of anti-Israeli sentiment in Europe and shows why there is now a risk that it may even spread to the U.S. In the author's view, the Israel-Palestine conflict can be seen as a test case for the West's ability to stand up for the values it claims as its own.
Reviews: 7
WOGY
The author puts forth the argument that while Israel's sworn enemies have attempted to destroy the Jewish State, European NGOs have made
common cause with those who would carry out that destruction. It should be familiar by now that the diatribe equating Israel with racism
has obtained the status of Coin of the Realm in much of the world. Should Europeans not understand that their moral status is hereby called into question, the practice of making common cause with terrorism will will further degrade European civilization.
Hono
Shepherd has written a must-read primer on the Middle east. In clear, concise sentences and paragraphs, he has outlined the issues, answered them and explained clearly the case for the legitimate state of Israel.
Olelifan
The book is dedicated to modern European anti-Semitism. Authors gives names of organizations, such as BBC, and individuals, mostly BBC and other British media reporters, who are responsible for pathologically deceitful and anti-Semitic publications targeting Israel existence and lives of Israelis and Jews around the world. The author analyzes anti-Semitism of Europeans from various angles in attempt to find a logical explanation in muslims overpopulation in Europe, in other words, in European cowardice. However, if we look at this problem from historic perspective, the answer is simple: Frenchmen and British are genetic anti-Semites and coward, others are just coward and profoundly ignorant in ME history. I highly recommend everybody to read this book.
Gavinranara
A State Beyond the Pale is a must read for anyone who cares about the State of Israel, is concerned about antisemitism and injustice and people who care about the role of the media in free societies.Unlike other books defending Israel, this insightful study by Robin Shepherd allows the facts to speak for themselves. He lets Israel's critics indict themselves by their words and actions. This method of analysis makes Shepherd's work one of the most compelling studies of how Israel has gone in Europe from ally to fiend in a short period of time.

Along with being rich in analysis, this book is beautifully written. Shepherd has an expert eye for the quote and the fact that is central to understanding the big picture. Shepherd clearly knows his subject matter inside and out. And he knows how to present his arguments and conclusions.

I highly recommend that anyone interested in the future of Israel read this book.
6snake6
No doubt the best book on Israel I have read in a long time. This short but readable book by Robin Shepard, Director of International Affairs of the Henry Jackson Society in the UK, has cut through the misinformation, anti-israeli propaganda, and outright antisemitism, to pinpoint a real problem facing Western Europe concerning it's relationship with Israel. Alarmed by the rapid resurgence of both antisemitism and anti-Israel behavior on the part of the EU, and meant as an advanced warning to both the EU and the United States, the author examines the root causes of western Europe's quickly intensifying irrational prejudice against the state of Israel, the accompanying rise of antisemitism among Europeans, and the rising need to accommodate totalitarian governments in the Middle East. His conclusions make a lot of sense and has clarified my own confusion about what is causing this behavior that is a severe threat to liberal democracy in Europe and the US. Comments posted here by 'Adama' and 'Pieter' are accurate and worth reading. Do your political representatives a favor and buy theme a copy of this book.
Daron
The war against the Jews has two fronts, one in the Middle East which is the scene of terrorism and the other in the media where a battle for minds takes place. Israel is well capable of defending itself physically but has not done so well in the other war as Stephanie Gutmann wrote some years ago. Openly antisemitic hostility towards Israel is common throughout the Arab world; spread through mosques, madrassas and the internet. This propaganda has infected the entire Islamic world, including Europe where Muslim numbers and influence are increasing. This demographic factor is expertly dissected by Rafael Israeli in his book on Elemental and Residual Anti-Semitism.

Here, Robin Shepherd examines the crucial battle of ideas between non-Muslim westerners that Israel is losing. He documents and analyses in meticulous detail the expanding scope and influence of the enmity towards Israel among European opinion-formers. During the past decades this animosity has spread from the far left to the mainstream liberal-left as Bernard Harrison reveals in The Resurgence of Anti-Semitism and Manfred Gerstenfeld in Behind The Humanitarian Mask with reference to Scandinavia. Major UK media like The Guardian, Independent and BBC are at the forefront while on the continent recent examples were provided by the Swedish paper Aftonbladet and the Spanish El Mundo.

Shepherd identifies the cause as Europe's civilizational exhaustion and its symptoms like the post-Holocaust guilt complex, embrace of pacifism, appeasement and relativism. The World Wars and the continent's murderous salvationist ideologies have made the intelligentsia reject all frameworks like nationalism or religion. As Chantal Delsol observes, a morality of complacency has deprived Europe of a system of ethics whilst promoting self-interest and subjectivity. The far left and to a lesser degree the liberal-left hate many things but don't have any rational vision.

Shepherd's examples of the crude demonization of Israel correspond exactly with the analyses of Delsol and Harrison. Emotion & indignation have become the preferred channels for a morality which is usually negatively defined. Artists and intellectuals in particular, express an odd form of piety in hysterical fits of morality of which the relativism, rage and selectivity betray it as fatuous posturing. It is demonstrably contradictory in the manner it clings to moral absolutes whilst affirming the universality of relativism. Delsol considers it an empty morality of despair and withdrawal.

Caroline Glick, Bruce Bawer & Claire Berlinski share the opinion that European elites have rejected the lessons of the Holocaust. The simplistic fallacies that nationalism is the ultimate evil and that war is never justified are distortions of reality. Nationalism is a neutral concept that must be judged by the way it is expressed. Pacifism permits evil to flourish; it is neither pious nor benevolent as it denies justice and holds it in contempt. The collapse of the USSR pushed the Left over the edge and was the main reason that it embraced postmodernism & multiculturalism.

These evil philosophies are behind Europe's refusal to defend the rule of law and other Western values. European elites deny the reality of Islamist terrorism whereas Israel has no choice but to confront it. The fad of Moral Relativism is not applied to both sides; it is used for justifying suicide/homicide bombings but never to the measures taken by Israel to defend itself. The far left's hatred of Israel and the USA has made it an ally of radical Islamism despite the ideological chasm between them. Jamie Glazov explains this alliance with great insight in his book United in Hate.

In the war of ideas, academia is the source & the mass media the disseminator of anti-Western pieties du jour of which the seeming benevolence masks a profound self-loathing. The double standards of "human rights" organizations and trade unions are breathtaking. Shepherd does not think that Western anti-Zionism is rooted in the old antisemitism but that the vitriolic hatred of Israel signify a new strain of the mental disease. In his taxonomy of antisemitism, he divides it into 'subjective' and 'objective' forms. Subjective antisemites hate Israel and everything Jewish whilst the objective types centre on the "object of attack" where perpetrators do not hate Jews but adopt the same insane ideas as genuine antisemites.

The last chapter, Contagion: Is America Next? investigates why the quality of Middle Eastern discourse in the USA has not deteriorated to the same low level as in Europe. He warns however, with reference to Wart and Smearsheimer, that it could happen. In this regard it's important to consider Andre Glucksmann's theory that a contagion of hatred must be taken literally as a mental disorder that invades minds, bodies and society. Immune to reason, such an outbreak inoculates itself against opposing thoughts.

Shepherd's valuable book ought to be read with Denis MacShane's Globalising Hatred that highlights the spread of the plague as a factor in international politics with important geostrategic implications. MacShane also points out how little attention is paid in the West to the Islamic sphere's open antisemitism which is promoted by state media and forms part of the charters of Hamas & Hezbollah. Authors like Nonie Darwish, Brigitte Gabriel and Phyllis Chesler have been trying to raise awareness of the phenomenon for years. Now it's becoming acceptable in parts of the West.

It is incumbent upon friends of Israel to counteract this descent into madness. Shepherd's is not the first warning; in the 1990s Alan Dershowitz, William F Buckley and William Nicholls amongst others, saw it coming, while more recently Oriana Fallaci, Bat Ye'or, David Horowitz, Melanie Phillips, Gabriel Schoenfeld, Abraham Foxman, Dennis Prager, Nick Cohen, Walter Laqueur and David Solway have sounded the alarm. This time the Jewish people must not be abandoned to fight the battle on their own. As for the how of it, the best book by far is The Dawn: Political Teachings of the Book of Esther by Yoram Hazony.