Ruth Deech

Lady Ruth Deech is a crossbench peer, member of UK Lawyers for Israel, formerly – chair of the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority, governor of the BBC, Principal of St Anne’s College Oxford, chair of the Bar Standards Board, Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education, trustee of the Rhodes Scholarships.

Antisemitism: The Longest Hatred
Judeophobia, the great hatred. Is it a psychic aberration, a 2,000 year-old disease? Loathing of Jews has been a feature of Christendom since the first accusation of deicide and this, combined with enforced employment patterns – usury and trade – made the Jews the pariahs of Europe, a situation the Enlightenment did nothing to change. Chameleon-like, the hatred became racial rather than religious. Today there is an addition to the old prejudices – aversion to Israel. As the world falls ...