A Dissenting thought on PBS’ new Anti-Semitism Doc

Posted on January 12, 2007 In Blog

The recently aired PBS documentary “ANTI-SEMITISM IN THE 21st CENTURY: THE RESURGENCE” hosted by Judy Woodruff proved to be not unlike what some of us have come to expect from PBS — a little dull, and a little one-sided, and mostly off the mark. Today’s Washington Times op-ed”>Washington Times op-ed by Diana West elucidates much of this, crediting some of her insights to my friend Dr. Andrew G. Bostom. Besides being a scholar and a mensch, Andy is also not afraid to follow the facts where they take him, no matter what pieties or personalities — on the Left, or on the Right — he winds up perforating along the way.

Case in point, as Diana West highlights in her op-ed, the much saluted “oracle” Prof. Bernard Lewis is neither right nor entirely forthright in telling whomever will listen that, as West puts it, “never in 1200 years did Muslims even think of anti-Semitism, let alone act on it — not until European Christian empire-builders introduced the pathology to the region in the 19th century, what with tales of Christ-killers and, later, the forged Protocols of the Elders of Zion.” West neatly lances this boil on the face of “conventional wisdom” by citing Andy’s detailed, scholarly excavations. But don’t take my word for it, read West’s piece.