First launched earlier this year at the King Centre in Atlanta (named for Martin Luther King), the groundbreaking new book The 7 Deadly Myths: Antisemitism from the Time of Christ to Kanye West, written by Alex Ryvchin, will be launched in Sydney at the Bondi Pavilion Theatre, from 6pm on August 22.
The book investigates the conspiracy theories behind antisemitism.
It looks into horrific recent examples, such as the 2019 deadly shooting in a San Diego synagogue that a young man carried out to avenge a notorious blood libel case from 15th century Europe, and explores where these beliefs come from, why they are still prevalent today, and crucially, how they can be stopped.
Ryvchin, co-CEO of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ), said the inspiration to write the book came from conversations he had with former Sydney Jewish Museum president Gus Lehrer, which touched on the deeply troubling “explosion of hard-left antisemitism in the time of [former UK Labour leader] Jeremy Corbyn, and the extraordinary blind-spot that so-called ‘anti-racists’ have when it comes to antisemitism”.
The book has been described by Israel’s President Isaac Herzog as “mandatory reading for anyone seeking to understand the age-old phenomenon of antisemitism, but more so, of anyone concerned with the ethical fate of the human race”.
Recognising the lack of understanding surrounding antisemitism, Ryvchin urges readers “to act as emissaries and allies, and bring this book to their circles, professional associations, universities, schools and members of parliament”.
“Start the conversations that will lead to understanding and real change.”
The book launch at Bondi Pavilion Theatre is presented by ECAJ. Entry is free, but registration is required.
To register to attend the event, visit https://bit.ly/7MythsBPT