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The Paranoid ApocalypseA Hundred-Year Retrospective on The Protocols of the Elders of Zion$
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Richard Landes and Steven T. Katz

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814748923

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814748923.001.0001

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Conspiracy Then and Now

Conspiracy Then and Now

History, Politics, and the Anti-Semitic Imagination

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(p.219) 15 Conspiracy Then and Now
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The Paranoid Apocalypse
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Stephen Eric Bronner

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814748923.003.0015

This chapter argues that we must not allow fears of the Protocols in the 21st century to blind us to the differences between the text's role in our day and its role a century ago on the one hand, and not allow our fears of anti-Semitism to silence responsible self-criticism, in particular that of Jews criticizing aspects of Israeli policy, on the other. A rigorous critique of Israel is thus not only legitimate, but necessary. The very creation of Israel has fundamentally changed the situation, as Jews are no longer in the ghetto or an oppressed minority, therefore one cannot compare the real victims of Protocols-inspired genocidal paranoia to Israeli Jews, who can now defend themselves.

Keywords:   anti-Semitism, Israeli policy, self-criticism, Israel, Israeli Jews, genocidal paranoia

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