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Fareed speaks with Simon Schama, professor of history at Columbia University and author of The Story of the Jews, about the roots of anti-Semitism.
And what about Arab anti-Semitism – is anti-Semitism, as is sometimes claimed, a kind of European idea that has been exported...
…to the Arab world?
Yes. That's exactly right. What's happened is that, you know, Zionism and the state of Israel obviously manifestly caused a huge problem for Jews anciently settled in the Arab world. But what's happened is actually the forms of poison have exactly been transfused into the Israeli-Palestinian problem.
For example, probably more people, especially in the Arab world, are reading and believing in The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, this 19th century forgery, which purported to be the minutes of secret meetings of international Jews.
Produced by the Russians, who at the time were probably the most anti-Semitic...
Absolutely the most anti-Semitic. But now this is online. The thing about our online is that all this stuff that comes at us like hurtling asteroids is that there are no gatekeepers between madness and truth. So more people are probably reading or believing that in the Arab world, in particular, than at any other time.