Bernard Lewis on Why It’s Possible to Hate Jews Without Being an Anti-Semite

June 9, 2020 | Martin Kramer
About the author: Martin Kramer is a historian at Tel Aviv University and the Walter P. Stern fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He served as founding president at Shalem College in Jerusalem.

In commemoration of the second anniversary of Bernard Lewis’s death, Martin Kramer notes that the great scholar of the Middle East had a deep commitment to the careful and precise use of language. For instance, Lewis believed that, properly defined, anti-Semitism involves the attribution to Jews of “cosmic evil,” so that “it is perfectly possible to hate Jews, even to persecute Jews, without being anti-Semitic.” (Video, 12 minutes.)

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