Keith Kahn-Harris on Anti-Semitism

Keith Kahn-Harris talks about his new book 'Strange Hate: antisemitism, racism and the limits of diversity'

Sun, 22 Sep 2019
4:30PM - 6:00PM
Five Leaves Bookshop
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Keith Kahn-Harris starts his book Strange Hate: antisemitism, racism and the limits of diversity by describing an idyllic scene in his local park, with Haredi (strictly Orthodox Jews) on the pedalos, the Cypriot ice-cream trader, Bangladeshi women on the grass having a picnic, the multi-ethnic group of skateboarders, the Nigerian family strolling home from church… an idyllic diverse scene but fragile, especially at a time when climate change might make millions more people need refuge.

But he is a Jew, whose community is sometimes divided into “good Jews” and “bad Jews”, which sometimes feel they are the subject of a strange hatred in the politics of diversity. He offers an analysis of how we got to this position and a way of rowing back.

Keith Kahn-Harris is a writer and sociologist whose books include Denial: the unspeakable truth, Uncivil War: the Israel conflict in the Jewish community, Judaism: all that matters and (with Ben Gidley) Turbulent Times: the British Jewish Community Today. He has also written several books on heavy metal music.

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