Safety through Solidarity: A Radical Guide to Fighting Antisemitism (Activist Citizens' Library)
Journalists Ben Lorber and Shane Burley present a progressive, intersectional approach to the vital question: What can we do about antisemitism?
Antisemitism is on the rise today. From synagogue shootings by white nationalists, to right-wing politicians and media figures pushing George Soros conspiracy theories, it’s clear that exclusionary nationalist movements are growing. By spreading division and fear, they put Jews, along with other marginalized groups and multiracial democracy itself, at risk.
And since October 7, as the horrific, deepening violence in Israel and Palestine sends shockwaves around the world, debates around antisemitism have become more polarized and high-stakes than ever. How can we stand in solidarity with Palestinians in their righteous demands for freedom, justice and equality, while also avoiding antisemitism, and resisting those who seek to conflate the two? How do we forge the coalitions across communities that we need, in order to overcome the politics of division and fear?
Using personal stories, historical deep-dives, front-line reporting, and interviews with leading change-makers, Burley and Lorber help us break the current impasse to understand how antisemitism works, what’s missing in contemporary debates, and how to build true safety through solidarity, for Jews and all people.
Ben Lorber has worked as a writer, organizer and movement-builder for over a decade. As a Senior Research Analyst at Political Research Associates, a progressive think tank that monitors far-right movements, Lorber helps social justice organizers understand and fight antisemitism and white nationalism. He has written extensively on these topics, and on Israel/Palestine and Jewish politics, for a variety of outlets including The Nation, Jewish Currents, Salon, The Forward and more. Previously, Lorber worked as National Campus Organizer with Jewish Voice for Peace, helping build the movement for Palestinian rights on college campuses. He tweets at @BenLorber8.
Shane Burley is known for his work on the far-right and left-wing social movements. He is the author of Fascism Today: What It Is and How to End It (AK Press, 2017) and Why We Fight: Essays on Fascism, Resistance, and Surviving the Apocalypse (AK Press, 2021), and editor of the anthology ¡No pasarán!: Readings on Antifascism (AK Press, 2022). His work has been featured in places like NBC News, Al Jazeera, The Baffler, Jacobin, The Daily Beast, Truthout, In These Times, Roar Magazine, Jewish Currents, and others. He provides expert analysis and commentary on these issues for places like PBS, The Guardian, and The Oregonian, and has published extensive academic work, particularly on antisemitism.
Publisher: Melville House
Publication Date: 06/04/2024 - 12:00am
On Sale: 06/04/2024 - 12:00am