The world has just witnessed the worst attack on Jewish people since the Holocaust. Yet amid the international condemnation of Hamas terrorists, there has also been equivocation – and even celebration in some quarters. No other conflict stirs emotions like that between Israel and palestine – so why is it that the world’s only Jewish state appears to be held to completely different standards to other countries?
Jake Wallis Simons, Editor of the Jewish Chronicle, has a word for it: Israelophobia. His new book explains how the world’s oldest hatred has evolved, co-opting identity politics and anti-colonialism to to turn British values against themselves. He joined me at our offices for a conversation that couldn’t have been more timely
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