In an interview with Jewish Rhode Island in September 2021, Bret Stephens called anti-Zionism the new antisemitism.
He said anti-Zionism is the 21st-century equivalent of antisemitism, explaining that he believes that anti-Zionism is the belief that Israel has no right to exist in any shape or form, whereas antisemitism is a political program based on conspiracy theories.
The New York Times opinion writer and foreign policy expert will discuss all this and more in a Conversation with Bret Stephens on May 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Alliance’s Dwares Jewish Community Center, in Providence.
Stephens was set to speak in Providence last October but the Annual Campaign community event was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.
Stephens, 47, has lived and worked in the United States and Europe. He joined the New York Times in April 2017 as an Op-Ed columnist. Prior to that, he worked at the Wall Street Journal, where he wrote “Global View,” for which he was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary. He is also a past editor of the Jerusalem Post.
Stephens was raised in Mexico City and has degrees from the University of Chicago and the London School of Economics. He is the author of “America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder,” released in November 2014.
The May 19 event will include a question-and-answer session moderated by Torey Malatia of the Public’s Radio. The event will be livestreamed. Registration information will be available soon at jewishallianceri.org.