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[...] in 1971 the late historian Uriel Tal challenged the entrenched view that racist anti-Semitism is a new phenomenon that repudiates Christianity by arguing that it was actually utterly dependent on Christian anti- Judaism for its success: "It was not the economic crises that brought about this new political, racial, and anti-religious anti-Semitism, but completely the reverse, it was precisely the anti-Christian and anti-religious ideology of racial anti-Semitism which hampered the first anti-Semitic parties in their efforts to utilize the economic crisis for their political development ... [because] what still attracted the masses was the classical, traditional Christian anti- Judaism, however adapted it may have become to the new economic conditions." [...] Baal did not answer.
Strange Affinities: Biblical Scholarship and the Rise of Racism Susannah Heschel Tikkun; Mar/Apr 2009; 24, 2; Docstoc pg. 24
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