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Author Uses Online Anti-Semitism Survey as Research for Book

By Michael Kaminer

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Anti-Semitism: Hot or Not?

The questions don’t exactly read that way, but a new online survey about anti-Jewish attitudes will provide the raw material for a forthcoming book by a fiery young Jewish journalist.

According to Canada’s Jewish Tribune, 24-year-old, New York-based Daniel Vahab is hoping at least 500 people complete his survey. Vahab spent a year as an “accredited news correspondent at the United Nations. In fact, it was his experiences at the UN that helped motivate him to write his book,” Jewish Tribune reports.

“It disgusted me,” Vahab told the newsweekly. “I came in young and idealistic and I left disillusioned because of the double standard I saw in terms of Israel.” He heard speeches and resolutions against Israel while “nations guilty of gross human rights abuses would get away with things and it just didn’t seem right to me…. It was unfair and disproportionate,” The Tribune writes.

Vahab’s yet-unnamed book will explore “the thin line between a negative Jewish stereotype and an anti-Semitic one,” different ideas about what makes a person Jewish, and trends in anti-Semitism around the world, including the Middle East. It will include chapters on “the psychology of anti-Semitism” and strategies for fighting it, the Tribune wrote.

An upcoming survey, Vahab told the Tribune, will address “anti-Zionism,” which he described as “the modern anti-Semitism, dealing specifically with Israel as the collective Jew (and) as the politically correct way of attacking Jews.”


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