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The events that inspired the Hanukkah holiday took place during a particularly turbulent phase of Jewish history. Around 200 B.C., Judeaalso known as the Land of Israelcame under the control of Antiochus III, the Seleucid king of Syria, who allowed the Jews who lived there to continue practicing their religion. His son, Antiochus IV Epiphanes, proved less benevolent: Ancient sources recount that he outlawed the Jewish religion and ordered the Jews to worship Greek gods. In 168 B.C., his soldiers descended upon Jerusalem, massacring thousands of people and desecrating the citys holy Second Temple by erecting an altar to Zeus and sacrificing pigs within its sacred walls.

The story of Hanukkah does not appear in the Torah because the events that inspired the holiday occurred after it was written. It is, however, mentioned in the New Testament, in which Jesus attends a “Feast of Dedication.”

Led by the Jewish priest Mattathias and his five sons, a large-scale rebellion broke out against Antiochus and the Seleucid monarchy. When Matthathias died in 166 B.C., his son Judah, known as Judah Maccabee (the Hammer), took the helm; within two years the Jews had successfully driven the Syrians out of Jerusalem, relying largely on guerilla warfare tactics. Judah called on his followers to cleanse the Second Temple, rebuild its altar and light its menorahthe gold candelabrum whose seven branches represented knowledge and creation and were meant to be kept burning every night.

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To the editor: Your editorial about the proposed definitions of anti-Semitic actions and speech on University of California campuses raises a more important question: What is it about the societies of California, the United States and even the whole world that makes it necessary for the UC system to have a policy on anti-Semitism? (“How far should UC go with an anti-Semitism policy?,” editorial, July 16)

The United Nations has equated Zionism with racism (U.N. General Assembly Resolution 3379, passed in 1975). Why?

Anti-Semitism seems to be a cultural given in our society. Why?

Stephen M. Baird,San Diego

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To the editor: I’m a proud, Israel-loving American Jew. I’ve been to Israel, and I fully support it. But its current government? As we say in my family, Feh!

By the way, I love my own country too. But the George W. Bush administration? Again, Feh!

Governments come and go, but the nation and the people outlive their current administrations and life goes on.

Oh, and those American members of Congress who say they vote with an eye toward what’s best for Israel? What would the Israelis call a Knesset member who said she or he would vote first for what’s best for America? A traitor.

Barry Davis,Agoura Hills

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After the family was arrested, they were all taken to concentration camps. Edith Frank, Annes mother, died of starvation in Auschwitz on January 6, 1945, a day before the camp was liberated. Margot, Annes sister, and Anne herself both died of typhus in Bergen-Belsen, Margot in March, 1945 and Anne in April, 1945, a few weeks before it, too, was liberated. Otto Frank, her father, was the only survivor from the family (Anne Franks Timeline).

When Otto Frank returned and entered the now abandoned home and Annex, he noticed a drawer open in the antique wooden dresser in the corner. In the drawer there was a green folder marked in Miep Gies’ handwriting, “Annes Diary.” As Otto opened it, tears poured down his face. “This is all that is left of my Anne,” he thought to himself. As he sat on the hard, cold, wooden floor, he began to read aloud the first page: “I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support…” (Frank,1995).

Anne was the type of person who always looked on the bright side of things. Even when she was in hiding, she never doubted the fact she would get out of there alive. She said as one of her first impressions of the Annex, “The Annex is an ideal place to hide in. It may be damp and lopsided, but theres probably not a more comfortable hiding place in all of Amsterdam. No, in all of Holland” (Frank,1995). Most people would have been in severe depression if they were forced to leave their home for a place like this. She would also sometimes prefer the Annex to the outside, because it protected her from the dangers of the street. She referred to it once as “a little piece of blue heaven, surrounded by heavy black rain clouds” (Brown,1991). A hero should always be positive, and that is what Anne was. She never gave up hope, not until the moment she died.

Anne and her family lived in the Secret Annex for almost three years without ever once setting foot outdoors. This would require extreme patience just to be able to stay in the house for so long. In addition, the eight members of the house couldnt move from 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM, so no one would hear them below. This called for even more patience, to sit still for ten hours straight. Anne must have been a calm, even-tempered person if she lived with the same eight people 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for 3 years. This trait in Anne demonstrates why she was a great hero.

Anne Frank was a very strong and brave person. When she was younger, living in the Netherlands, her teachers described her as someone who always spoke her mind, someone who liked attention, liked to make people laugh, “a little comedian” (Brown,1991). They also said she was very mature for her age, had a good sense of herself, that “she knew who she was” (Brown,1991). She loved performing, especially in school plays. To keep herself strong, she used a diary she received for her 13th birthday as an outlet for her fear. “When I write, I can shake off all my cares” (Anne Frank: Her Life and Times). Her personality was strong, which in turn allowed her to show great bravery in life. She must have had to be extremely brave to sit in bed at night and hear the sirens, taking away friends and family. She also heard the bombs, the explosions as the war raged around her. For her to be able to handle this, and still go on living a semi-normal life, as recorded in her diary, proved that she was very brave.

By writing her famous diary, Anne Frank helped the world understand that the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust had faces, lives, and personalities. She has been called the “human face of the Holocaust,” and her personal record of “her struggle to keep hope alive through the darkest days of this century has touched the hearts of millions” (Mller). She helped teach people that the Holocaust did happen, and it was a horrible thing. Without her help, the world would never know the intensity of the pain caused during this time. A boy, who was once so moved after he performed in a play about Anne, wrote to Otto Frank, and said that he realized that “not only does Anne stand for the Jews, but for any human being who suffered because of his beliefs, color, or race” (Brown,1991).

Anne Frank is a hero because she was optimistic, patient, unselfish, and strong. For some, she has been someone to look up to. For others, she has been a victim of wrongdoing that will help to prevent the same tragedy from happening again. She died unjustly. If she had lived, she could have been someone who was famous for her life, not her death.

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Hiding from the Nazis in the Secret Annex of an old office building in Amsterdam, a thirteen-year-old girl named Anne Frank became a writer. The now famous diary of her private life and thoughts reveals only part of Annes story, however. This book rounds out the portrait of this remarkable and talented young author.

Newly translated, complete, and restored to the original order in which Anne herself wrote them in her notebook, Tales from the Secret Annex is a collection of Anne Franks lesser-known writings: short stories, fables, personal reminiscences, and an unfinished novel, Cadys Life.

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An analysis of the causes of the Jewish-Slavic Holocaust is essential to an understanding of the reasons why war and violence continue to plague our world.

Human civilization as we understand it — cities, government, religion, writing — originated about 6,000 years ago. By the year A.D. 1939 this civilization, especially its Western branch, had developed great scientific and technological accomplishments, art and literature, philosophies and religions. That fateful year also marked the beginning of the Jewish-Slavic Holocaust, the attempt to extirpate millions of human beings because they belonged to communities deemed to be inferior or harmful. The Holocaust largely succeeded because its implementers were able to employ the latest technological developments in weapons, transportation, communications, medical technology, and the active or passive cooperation of governments and organized religion. As a survivor and student of this manifestation of human behavior, I believe I have the credentials to explore its causes and potential consequences.

Why the Holocaust?

The vivid images of recent human suffering in Bosnia and Somalia on the television screen caused me to remember again the unforgettable. An inmate of a Nazi concentration camp who was reduced by malnutrition to a human skeleton was called a Muselmann — a Muslim. Half a century later the Serbian concentration camps imprisoned real-life Muslims who were on the verge of becoming human skeletons. The unfortunate starving women and children of Somalia were Muslims in the same double sense. The piles of massacred bodies in Rwanda were reminiscent of the horrors encountered by the liberators of the German concentration camps. Is it just a coincidence that similar events are repeated after a lapse of fifty years?

Struggling for survival in 1944 at Auschwitz, as Prisoner A-9867, I and my fellow victims had scant time to puzzle over the reason for our plight. Everything seemed incomprehensible — in fact, a living nightmare. Between 1941 and 1944 I was part of a Jewish community in a small town in Hungary. Rumors of persecutions and massacres by Nazi Germany came to our attention. But they were simply unbelievable. The nation renowned for its culture and civilization, which produced some of the world’s greatest philosophers, scientists and artists simply could not do such horrible things! Our illusion was shattered, when suddenly in 1944 the German army occupied Hungary. The entire Jewish community was rounded up and transported to the extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The plumes of smoke emanating from the crematoria and the odor of burning bodies testified to the murder of the hundreds of thousands of innocent victims of genocide. Those able to work were consigned to slow starvation at forced labor. Only about one in twenty survived this culmination of Western “civilization.” I still recall the title of the lead article in the newspaper published by the survivors after our liberation: “Why?” The Holocaust appeared so mysterious after our ordeal that the article’s author could only supply vague references to historical Jewish martyrdom and our need to endure.

Over the decades I spent considerable time researching and studying the events leading to the Holocaust. My conclusions are obvious, yet complex. The Holocaust was a gigantic, unprecedented, irrational catastrophe, which will never be fully comprehended in its entirety. Unfortunately, the causes or reasons for the Holocaust are only too clearly and readily understandable. A preexisting infrastructure for genocide and a series of “triggering” events, resulted in the Holocaust — the annihilation of most of Europe’s Jewish population. Political mismanagement and the war institution combined to inflict this tragedy on the 6 million Jews and the 11 million Slavs, Gypsies and other victims.

The Occurrence of Catastrophes

The Holocaust is well defined by the word “catastrophe” — a momentous, tragic, sudden event marked by extreme misfortune and utter overthrow or ruin. Since the 1970s a mathematical “catastrophe theory” has emerged to predict discontinuous, frequently damaging changes of any kind. Its advocates claim that not only physical changes (e.g., the collapse of a dam), but social events, such as the outbreak of wars, are both explainable and predictable. Preexisting conditions become intensified or overburdened by continuing events until the overload condition occurs, and the sudden abrupt change takes place. A probability factor can be applied to the conditions and events, so that predicting or forecasting catastrophes becomes feasible.The contributing factors of a specific catastrophe can be explained and understood. The analysis of the causes of catastrophes also makes it possible to allocate the share of the responsibility, if any, to institutions or persons. Blame for negligence or willful actions can be assigned as well.

The disastrous brush-fires of 1993 in the Los Angeles area provide a good illustration of a catastrophe facilitated by human actions. On the surface the blame should be assigned to the vagrant or the arsonists who started the fires. More realistically, these were the major contributing factors, with estimated responsibility shares (Newsweek, Nov. 8, 1993; percentages by author):

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip One year after a war with Israel that turned daily life here into a nightmare, a Catholic priest in Gaza said the situation in this besieged Palestinian territory has deteriorated even further.

Compared with a year ago, were worse off. Although a truce stopped the war, the blockade of Gaza by Israel has grown more intense. This has direct consequences for the population, said Father Jorge Hernandez, pastor of Holy Family Catholic Parish in Gaza City.

A boy rides his bike amid the ruins of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, June 9. Houses in the area were destroyed during the 2014 war between Israel and the Hamas government of Gaza. (CNS photo/Paul Jeffrey)

The priest said the war also served as a recruiting tool for Hamas, the Islamic party that has controlled Gaza since 2007.

The war generated new activism throughout Gaza. The number of people willing to fight has multiplied, whether on behalf of Hamas or Islamic Jihad or the Salafists, and now even with the Islamic State. Despite that, the great majority of the people of Gaza is not aligned with one party or another. They just want to live a normal life, Father Hernandez, an Argentine missionary of the Institute of the Incarnate Word, told Catholic News Service.

The 50-day war cost the lives of more than 2,250 Palestinians, 65 percent of whom were civilians, according to a June report from a U.N. investigation. The report said the scale of the devastation was unprecedented. It said the Israeli military launched more than 6,000 air strikes, 14,500 tank shells and 45,000 artillery shells into Gaza between July 7 and Aug. 26, 2014.

The war also caused immense distress and disruption to the lives of Israeli civilians, the U.N. said, reporting that nearly 4,900 rockets and more than 1,700 mortars were fired by Palestinian armed groups during that period. Sixty-six Israeli soldiers were killed, along with six civilians.

The report also cites as possible war crimes the conduct of Israeli operations in residential neighborhoods, as well as the killing of 21 suspected collaborators by Hamas armed wing.

Father Hernandez said militants came to his church compound twice looking for alleged spies among some 1,400 civilians who took shelter there. Church buildings were damaged when Israel bombed a neighboring house. At one point, Father Hernandez and several members of the Missionaries of Charity shepherded a group of 29 disabled children and nine elderly women into the open.

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Beach Boulevard, Suite A, La Habra, CA 90631 August 08, 1969 Full Service Brick and Mortar 353 245085 Fullerton Branch 3021 Yorba Linda Boulevard, Fullerton, CA 92831 September 19, 1969 Full Service Brick and Mortar 354 245086 Cerritos Branch 17303 Carmenita Road, Cerritos, CA 90703 June 19, 1970 Full Service Brick and Mortar 357 245453 Hayward Southland Branch 24299 Southland Drive, Hayward, CA 94545 April 22, 1968 Full Service Brick and Mortar 358 245089 Chino Branch 12545 Central Avenue, Chino, CA 91710 August 22, 1977 Full Service Brick and Mortar 360 245091 1st And Herndon Branch 7062 North First Street, Fresno, CA 93720 August 14, 1978 Full Service Brick and Mortar 361 245093 Dublin Branch 7533 Dublin Boulevard, Dublin, CA 94568 October 22, 1979 Full Service Brick and Mortar 362 245094 Mission Viejo Branch 26941 Crown Valley Parkway, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 November 26, 1979 Full Service Brick and Mortar 363 245096 Newport Beach Branch 4400 Macarthur Boulevard, Newport Beach, CA 92660 December 15, 1980 Full Service Brick and Mortar 365 245098 Modesto Mchenry Branch 3600 Mchenry Avenue, Modesto, CA 95356 October 15, 1982 Full Service Brick and Mortar 367 251321 Anaheim Hills Branch 4501 East La Palma Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92807 April 10, 1989 Full Service Brick and Mortar 368 251322 Monterey Park Branch 331 North Atlantic Boulevard, Monterey Park, CA 91754 April 02, 1990 Full Service Brick and Mortar 369 251323 Rancho Cucamonga Branch 8311 Haven Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 August 13, 1990 Full Service Brick and Mortar 370 251324 Sherman Oaks Branch 15165 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 May 07, 1990 Full Service Brick and Mortar 373 286610 Northridge Branch 16900 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91343 January 01, 1979 Full Service Brick and Mortar 374 251329 Rowland Heights Branch 19005 East Colima Road, Rowland Heights, CA 91748 April 13, 1995 Full Service Brick and Mortar 376 251331 One Front Street Branch One Front Street, San Francisco, CA 94111 January 14, 1991 Full Service Brick and Mortar 378 251333 San Clemente Branch 641 Camino De Los Mares, San Clemente, CA 92673 October 14, 1997 Full Service Brick and Mortar 379 251334 Thousand Oaks Branch 180 North Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 March 23, 1998 Full Service Brick and Mortar 380 291944 Central Irvine Branch 14477 Culver Drive, Irvine, CA 92604 Febuary 01, 2000 Full Service Brick and Mortar 381 359388 Foothill Ranch Branch 26696 Portola Parkway, Unit C, Foothill Ranch, CA 92610 October 30, 2000 Full Service Retail 382 359537 San Ramon Branch 140 Sunset Drive, San Ramon, CA 94583 March 13, 2001 Full Service Brick and Mortar 383 12682 L.A. Bunker Hill Branch 300 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90071 July 08, 1963 Full Service Brick and Mortar 384 246554 South Huntington Beach Branch 19006 Brookhurst Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92646 May 19, 1973 Full Service Brick and Mortar 385 246556 Montgomery Street Branch 505 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111 May 12, 1978 Full Service Brick and Mortar 387 251707 Temple City Branch 9934 East Las Tunas Drive, Temple City, CA 91780 Febuary 01, 1978 Full Service Brick and Mortar 389 246559 Little Tokyo Branch 123 Onizuka Street, Suite 101, Los Angeles, CA 90012 April 28, 1986 Full Service Brick and Mortar 390 246560 South Bay Branch 19191 South Vermont Avenue, Torrance, CA 90502 July 01, 1988 Full Service Brick and Mortar 391 246562 Encino Branch 16027 Ventura Boulevard, Encino, CA 91436 December 10, 1990 Full Service Brick and Mortar 396 365568 Porter Ranch Branch 19953 Rinaldi Street, Northridge, CA 91326 September 16, 2002 Full Service Brick and Mortar 397 365569 Valencia Branch 27011 Mcbean Parkway,suite 101, Valencia, CA 91355 September 16, 2002 Full Service Brick and Mortar 399 418690 Ventura Branch 1794 South Victoria Avenue, # A, Ventura, CA 93003 December 02, 2002 Full Service Brick and Mortar 400 419929 Oxnard Branch 371 West Esplanade Drive, Oxnard, CA 93036 April 07, 2003 Full Service Brick and Mortar 403 425123 Fruitvale Station Branch 3062 East 9th Street, Oakland, CA 94601 December 15, 2003 Full Service Brick and Mortar 404 425124 Roseville Branch 1112 Galleria Boulevard, Suite 170, Roseville, CA 95678 January 27, 2004 Full Service Brick and Mortar 434 16966 Casa De Oro Branch 9832 Campo Road, Spring Valley, CA 91977 March 07, 1983 Full Service Brick and Mortar 436 255346 Grossmont Center Branch 8690 Center Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942 May 23, 1983 Full Service Brick and Mortar 437 257312 El Cajon Branch 1234 East Main Street, El Cajon, CA 92021 November 01, 1994 Full Service Brick and Mortar 438 257313 Santee Branch 8867 Cuyamaca Street, Santee, CA 92071 March 17, 1997 Full Service Brick and Mortar 574 218563 Lockeford Branch 13299 East Highway 88, Lockeford, CA 95237 January 01, 1907 Full Service Brick and Mortar 575 218564 Stockton Main Branch 540 N El Dorado Street, Stockton, CA 95202 April 28, 1969 Full Service Brick and Mortar 576 218565 Pershing Branch 5555 North Pershing Avenue, Stockton, CA 95207 June 01, 1976 Full Service Brick and Mortar 577 218566 Hammer Branch 1440 East Hammer Lane, Stockton, CA 95210 April 27, 1981 Full Service Brick and Mortar 578 12225 Modesto Main Branch 901 H Street, Modesto, CA 95354 November 14, 1960 Full Service Brick and Mortar 580 244753 Ripon Branch 411 West Main Street, Ripon, CA 95366 April 18, 1966 Full Service Brick and Mortar 581 218569 Brookside Branch 3255 West March Lane, Suite 100, Stockton, CA 95219 July 31, 1991 Full Service Brick and Mortar 582 16673 Wilson Way 560 N Wilson Way, Stockton, CA 95205 July 01, 1982 Full Service Brick and Mortar 583 256774 North Stockton Branch 7810 Thornton Road, Stockton, CA 95207 January 09, 1984 Full Service Brick and Mortar 584 218571 Eastridge Branch 1401 Oakdale Road, Modesto, CA 95355 March 09, 1992 Full Service Brick and Mortar 585 15627 Ceres Branch 2501 East Whitmore Avenue, Ceres, CA 95307 March 09, 1977 Full Service Brick and Mortar 587 254576 Oakdale Branch 134 Maag Avenue, Oakdale, CA 95361 July 09, 1990 Full Service Brick and Mortar 589 218581 Tracy Branch 810 West Schulte Road, Tracy, CA 95376 July 13, 1999 Full Service Brick and Mortar 590 360027 Turlock Branch 2101 Fulkerth Road, Turlock, CA 95380 May 16, 2001 Full Service Brick and Mortar 591 362799 Pelandale Branch 3801 Pelandale Avenue, Suite C, Modesto, CA 95356 January 14, 2002 Full Service Brick and Mortar 593 419375 Weston Ranch Branch 520 Carolyn Weston Blvd., Ste. D, Stockton, CA 95206 August 12, 2002 Full Service Brick and Mortar 835 462255 El Dorado Hills 2211 Francisco Drive #100, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762 April 02, 2007 Full Service Brick and Mortar 836 462786 Manteca Branch 150 Commerce Avenue, Manteca, CA 95336 April 30, 2007 Full Service Brick and Mortar 841 466645 Lone Tree Landing Branch 5009 Lone Tree Way Ste D, Antioch, CA 94531 June 18, 2007 Full Service Brick and Mortar 843 468551 Cbo Pasadena Branch 911 E. Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91106 July 27, 2007 Limited Service Administrative 845 469759 Elk Grove Branch 8426 Elk Grove Florin Road, Elk Grove, CA 95624 December 10, 2007 Full Service Brick and Mortar 848 480617 Carmichael Branch 4001 Manzanita Avenue, Carmichael, CA 95608 January 28, 2008 Full Service Brick and Mortar 849 506052 Monterey – Del Monte 1050 Del Monte Circle, Monterey, CA 93940 January 16, 2010 Full Service Brick and Mortar 850 506053 Santa Cruz Branch 1551 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 January 26, 2010 Full Service Brick and Mortar 856 510850 Folsom Branch 1000 East Bidwell Street, Folsom, CA 95630 August 03, 2009 Full Service Brick and Mortar 857 521788 Bishop Ranch 7 Branch 2527 Camino Ramon, San Ramon, CA 94583 October 25, 2010 Full Service Brick and Mortar 858 522057 Napa Main Street Branch 700 Main Street, Napa, CA 94559 August 01, 2011 Full Service Brick and Mortar

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Racism is the belief that a particular race is superior or inferior to another, that a persons social and moral traits are predetermined by his or her inborn biological characteristics. Racial separatism is the belief, most of the time based on racism, that different races should remain segregated and apart from one another.

Racism has existed throughout human history. It may be defined as the hatred of one person by another — or the belief that another person is less than human — because of skin color, language, customs, place of birth or any factor that supposedly reveals the basic nature of that person. It has influenced wars, slavery, the formation of nations, and legal codes.

During the past 500-1000 years, racism on the part of Western powers toward non-Westerners has had a far more significant impact on history than any other form of racism (such as racism among Western groups or among Easterners, such as Asians, Africans, and others). The most notorious example of racism by the West has been slavery, particularly the enslavement of Africans in the New World (slavery itself dates back thousands of years). This enslavement was accomplished because of the racist belief that Black Africans were less fully human than white Europeans and their descendants.

This belief was not “automatic”: that is, Africans were not originally considered inferior. When Portuguese sailors first explored Africa in the 15th and 16th centuries, they came upon empires and cities as advanced as their own, and they considered Africans to be serious rivals. Over time, though, as African civilizations failed to match the technological advances of Europe, and the major European powers began to plunder the continent and forcibly remove its inhabitants to work as slave laborers in new colonies across the Atlantic, Africans came to be seen as a deficient “species,” as “savages.” To an important extent, this view was necessary to justify the slave trade at a time when Western culture had begun to promote individual rights and human equality. The willingness of some Africans to sell other Africans to European slave traders also led to claims of savagery, based on the false belief that the “dark people” were all kinsmen, all part of one society – as opposed to many different, sometimes warring nations.

One important feature of racism, especially toward Blacks and immigrant groups, is clear in attitudes regarding slaves and slavery. Jews are usually seen by anti-Semites as subhuman but also superhuman: devilishly cunning, skilled, and powerful. Blacks and others are seen by racists as merely subhuman, more like beasts than men. If the focus of anti-Semitism is evil, the focus of racism is inferiority — directed toward those who have sometimes been considered to lack even the ability to be evil (though in the 20th century, especially, victims of racism are often considered morally degraded).

In the second half of the 19th century, Darwinism, the decline of Christian belief, and growing immigration were all perceived by many white Westerners as a threat to their cultural control. European and, to a lesser degree, American scientists and philosophers devised a false racial “science” to “prove” the supremacy of non-Jewish whites. While the Nazi annihilation of Jews discredited most of these supposedly scientific efforts to elevate one race over another, small numbers of scientists and social scientists have continued throughout the 20th century to argue the inborn shortcomings of certain races, especially Blacks. At the same time, some public figures in the American Black community have championed the supremacy of their own race and the inferiority of whites – using nearly the identical language of white racists.

All of these arguments are based on a false understanding of race; in fact, contemporary scientists are not agreed on whether race is a valid way to classify people. What may seem to be significant “racial” differences to some people – skin color, hair, facial shape – are not of much scientific significance. In fact, genetic differences within a so-called race may be greater than those between races. One philosopher writes: “There are few genetic characteristics to be found in the population of England that are not found in similar proportions in Zaire or in China.those differences that most deeply affect us in our dealings with each other are not to any significant degree biologically determined.”

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With the Israeli-Palestinian crisis reaching wartime levels, where is the latest confrontation between these two old foes leading? Robert Fisk’s explosive Pity the Nation recounts Sharon and Arafat’s first deadly encounter in Lebanon in the early 1980s and explains why the IsraelPalestine relationship seems so intractable. A remarkable combination of war reporting and analysis by an author who has witnessed the carnage of Beirut for twenty-five years, Fisk, the first journalist to whom bin Laden announced his jihad against the U.S., is one of the world’s most fearless and honored foreign correspondents. He spares no one in this saga of the civil war and subsequent Israeli invasion: the PLO, whose thuggish behavior alienated most Lebanese; the various Lebanese factions, whose appalling brutality spared no one; the Syrians, who supported first the Christians and then the Muslims in their attempt to control Lebanon; and the Israelis, who tried to install their own puppets and, with their 1982 invasion, committed massive war crimes of their own. It includes a moving finale that recounts the travails of Fisk’s friend Terry Anderson who was kidnapped by Hezbollah and spent 2,454 days in captivity. Fully updated to include the Israeli withdrawl from south Lebanon and Ariel Sharon’s electoral victory over Ehud Barak, this edition has sixty pages of new material and a new preface. “Robert Fisk’s enormous book about Lebanon’s desperate travails is one of the most distinguished in recent times.”Edward Said

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