Safety Through Solidarity: A Radical Guide to Fighting Antisemitism

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by Shane Burley and Ben Lorber

Melville House Publishing

6/4/2024, paperback

SKU: 9781685890919


Two activist journalists present a progressive, intersectional approach to the vital question: What can we do about antisemitism?

Antisemitism is on the rise today. From synagogue shootings by white nationalists, to right-wing politicians and media figures pushing George Soros conspiracy theories, it's clear that exclusionary nationalist movements are growing. By spreading division and fear, they put Jews, along with other marginalized groups and multiracial democracy itself, at risk.

And since the outbreak of war in Gaza, debates around antisemitism have become more polarized and high-stakes than ever. How can we stand in solidarity with Palestinians seeking justice, while also avoiding antisemitism -- and resisting those who seek to conflate the two? How do we forge the coalitions across communities that we need, in order to overcome the politics of division and fear?

Using personal stories, historical deep-dives, front-line reporting, and interviews with leading change-makers, Burley and Lorber help us break the current impasse to understand how antisemitism works, what's missing in contemporary debates, and how to build true safety through solidarity, for Jews and all people.


"Safety through Solidarity places the struggle against antisemitism where it belongs: within a larger constellation of struggles against oppression in all its forms. Scholarly, historical, and politically razor-sharp, this landmark work from Burley and Lorber is an essential tool for fighting back against right-wing efforts to weaponize the rhetoric of 'antisemitism' for racist agendas." -- Mark Bray, author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook

"Shane Burley and Ben Lorber are two of the most passionate, committed and thoughtful people combating fascism today, and this is just one more installment in their vital work against the cruel march of dark forces in our era." -- Talia Lavin, Author Culture Warlords

"It's crucial to see antisemitism not just as a problem for Jews, but as something that impedes social progress and equity for everyone. In deconstructing the poisonous roots of anti-Jewish sentiment, Shane Burley and Ben Lorber show how tropes and myths about Jews running the world through their total control of finance distract us from examining the actual titans of industry and who zealously hoard their wealth, and make sure we don't do anything about them. At this dangerous moment for Jews around the world, Safety through Solidarity is a book to rely on for real answers and solutions." -- Mike Rothschild, author of The Storm is Upon Us

About the Authors:

Ben Lorber has worked as a writer, organizer and movement-builder for over a decade. As a Senior Research Analyst at Political Research Associates, a progressive think tank that monitors far-right movements, Lorber helps social justice organizers understand and fight antisemitism and white nationalism. He has written extensively on these topics, and on Israel/Palestine and Jewish politics, for a variety of outlets including The Nation, Jewish Currents, Salon, The Forward and more. Previously, Lorber worked as National Campus Organizer with Jewish Voice for Peace, helping build the movement for Palestinian rights on college campuses.

Shane Burley is known for his work on the far-right and left-wing social movements. He is the author of Fascism Today: What It Is and How to End It and Why We Fight: Essays on Fascism, Resistance, and Surviving the Apocalypse, and editor of the anthology ¡No pasarán!: Readings on Antifascism. His work has been featured in places like NBC News, Al Jazeera, The Baffler, Jacobin, The Daily Beast, Truthout, In These Times, Roar Magazine, Jewish Currents, and others. He provides expert analysis and commentary on these issues for places like PBS, The Guardian, and The Oregonian, and has published extensive academic work, particularly on antisemitism.