How to Fight Antisemitism
Julia Neuberger, Simon Schama, Bari Weiss
Chair: Hugo Rifkind
Antisemitism, says Bari Weiss, is ‘an ever-morphing conspiracy theory in which Jews play the starring role in spreading evil’; it is centre stage once more. It has existed for more than 2,000 years, the malignant prejudice that never dies. After the Holocaust there was a respite but today it is back, from both the political Left and the Right. New York Times opinion editor Bari Weiss, whose childhood synagogue in Pittsburgh was the scene of a terrible massacre, progressive rabbi and cross-bench peer Julia Neuberger and historian Simon Schama discuss its resurgence and how to fight back.
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Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger DBE is Senior Rabbi of West London Synagogue, a cross bench Peer in the House of Lords, former CEO of the King’s Fund, and a founding Trustee of the Walter and Liesel Schwab Charitable trust, set up in memory of her parents. She is a Trustee of the Rayne Foundation, Trustee of the Van Leer Group Foundation, Chair of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and of Independent Age. She chaired the Review of the Liverpool Care Pathway for Dying Patients in 2013 and was also Vice Chair, Mental Health Act Independent Review 2017-2018. She is Chair of University College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and will also become Chair of The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust on 1 April 2020. Her latest book on Antisemitism (Orion Books) was published in May 2019.
Simon Schama is Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University. A writer, journalist and broadcaster, he has written and presented 40 films for the BBC, including The Story of the Jews (based on his two-volume work of the same name), Citizens and Rough Crossings. He recently curated The Face of Britain for the National Portrait Gallery and created the book and television series of the same name.
Bari Weiss is an established New York Times op-ed editor and writer on culture and politics. In 2018, she won Reason Foundation’s 2018 Bastiat Prize. She has appeared on The Joe Rogan Experience, HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher and The View. Bari lives and works in New York.
Hugo Rifkind is an award-winning Edinburgh-born journalist who writes columns for The Times, The Spectator and GQ. He writes the satirical Times column My Week on Saturdays and is a frequent panellist on BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz.