This book deals with a wide range of moral, social and political issues centred on questions of identity, Jewish or otherwise. Its scope extends from anti-Semitism, Zionism and Palestinian terrorism to the language of race, the status of animals, the rights of the child and related topics. While the chapters interact and overlap, each is self-contained. Taken together, they develop the title theme: the inner connection between being Jewish and doing justice. The prologue offers a bold, new interpretation of the idea of 'the people of God'. From this point on, bringing argument to life is the author's watchword. Drawing on his training as an academic philosopher, his Jewish education and personal experience, Klug tackles thorny problems, combining rigorous analysis with outspokenness. He assists readers to think for themselves about difficult questions and provokes them to do so. Questions and issues discussed cover: Is anti-Zionism a form of anti-Semitism?; Who were Herzl's Jewish opponents in the East End?; Are anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism inextricably entangled?; What draws America to Israel and what ties Israel to Auschwitz?; How can the climate of debate about Israel among Jews be improved?; What does it mean to say that Israel has a 'right to exist'?; and, Whither the Jewish future? The 'race question' on the UK census form; Arthur Balfour's take on 'the Jewish race'; ethnicity in America; Black-Jewish relations in Chicago; popular attitudes in Britain towards the 'ritual' slaughter of animals; and the treatment of animals in the abattoir and laboratory. Following a series of reflections on what it means to be an animal, a child, and a human being, the epilogue brings the discussion round to the title theme: being Jewish and doing justice.
Brian Klug is Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy at St Benet's Hall, Oxford; Honorary Fellow of the Parkes Institute, University of Southampton; and Fellow of the College of Arts & Sciences, Saint Xavier University, Chicago. He has published widely on race, anti-Semitism, Jewish identity and related areas.