Book review of Denis MacShane's latest book on "Globalising Hatred. The New Antisemitism"

"Globalising Hatred", By Denis MacShane

Reviewed by Boyd Tonkin (Independent)

16 October 2009

The German social democrat Bebel wisely called anti-Semitism "the socialism of fools". This bracing, combative account of its modern resurgence finds much nasty new evidence among pro-Islamist leftists.

Yet the author would agree that a hatred of Jews still counts as the conservatism of morons too. MacShane, as a Labour MP, turns his unblinking gaze on the left - "my political community" - in order to guard against the spread of bigotry under the cloak of pro-Palestinian or anti-war activism.
However, events in the European parliament show that the foul old swamp of reactionary prejudice that bred anti-Semitism still sucks in right-wing idiots. Some of the polemic here has a scattershot air that will date. But the warning to progressives - to purge their thinking of all trace of a vile ideology - rings out clear as a bell.