Archive for the ‘Antisemitic Alliances’ Category

Nations We Love to Hate: Israel, America and the New Antisemitism

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Joseph Joffe (2005). Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism (SISCA).

The traditional antisemitic stereotypes of greed, manipulation, evil and conspiracy are highlighted in contemporary discourse addressing Israel and America. By paying close attention to language and the issue of selectivity, it is suggested that flags for the crossover from legitimate criticism to ‘anti-Israelism’ and ‘neo-antisemitism’ can be identified. These phenomena are explained in relation to the legacy of historic antisemitism in Europe and European attempts to deal with past guilt.



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With a Clenched Fist and an Outstretched Arm: Antisemitism, Globalization, and the NGO Challenge in the International Arena

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Shimon Samuels (2003). Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA).

The convergence of anti-globalisation, anti-Americanism, anti-capitalism, anti-Zionism, and antisemitism in the ‘NGO world’ is discussed. In particular, events and developments in the United Nations agencies, European regional assemblies, and the World Social Forum are highlighted.



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Hatreds Entwined

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Yossi Klein Halevi (2004). Azure.

The article considers evidence of antisemitic discourse in statements, slogans and articles from across the political spectrum that have targeted Israel, America and sometimes Jews generally as the focus of their ire. Traditional connotations of Jewish conspiracy, Jewish avarice and Jews as harbingers of a rootless world are seen to sit side by side with contradictory notions that reject Jewish nationalism and assertiveness as being contrary to contemporary European cosmopolitanism.



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The French Left and political Islam : secularism versus the temptation of an alliance

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Jean-Yves Camus (2006). Engage.

The article examines the origins and development of the alliance in France between several left-wing groups and political Islam coalescing around anti-Zionism and anti-globalisation. The possible consequences for the French Jewish community at a time of rising antisemitic incidents is explored.



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International Terror and Antisemitism − Two Modern Day Curses: Is there a Connection?

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Ely Karmon (2005). Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and Racism.

The author considers the growing connections between leftist, Marxist, anti-globalisation and even rightist movements with Islamists. He highlights the increasing presence of anti-Zionism and antisemitism in contemporary political ideologies and their role in bringing together these disparate political movements. A link is drawn between these ideological relationships and the motivations for and responses to those carrying out or attempting to carry out terrorist attacks against Jews around the world.



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Antiglobalism’s Jewish Problem

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Mark Strauss (2003). Foreign Policy. Reproduced on YaleGlobal.

This article places the recent eruption of antisemitism within the context of a backlash against globalisation that appeals to elements from across the political spectrum. It is argued that the search for a cause for modern anxiety about global trends lends itself to conspiracy theory and the identification of a hidden controlling hand. Fitting this bill, the new antisemitism is thus seen to bring together key elements of traditional antisemitic discourse from the far right (Jews as a fifth column, undermining economic and national culture) and the far left (capitalists and usurers, controlling the international economic system).



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The barriers come down: antisemitism and the coalitions of extremes

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

David Rich (2004). Antisemitism and Xenophobia Today (AXT).

The inter-relationship between the antisemitism of the far left, the far right and Islamists in Britain is considered. The article focuses on the unlikely coalition of far left groups and Islamists in Britain that have coalesced around opposition to the Iraq War and to Israel and the looser association on an ideological rather than organisational level of some Islamists and the far right around notions of a Jewish conspiracy.



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Israel, America, the Jews and the European Union

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Stephen Pollard (2005). Antisemitism and Xenophobia Today (AXT).

The author examines evidence of a confluence between anti-Americanism and antisemitism on the political and ideological levels within the European Union and within European media. Phrases referring to the ‘Jewish Lobby’ or ‘Zionist Lobby’ or Jewish and Zionist influence are seen to frequently reoccur in European opposition to American foreign policy.



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The Two Greatest Hatreds

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Barry Rubin (2007). Covenant.

To better understand contemporary hatred of America and Israel, the Jewish state, the author discusses five themes: claims that America and the Jews represent the same thing, that Jews control America, the manipulation of hatred for political advantage, the systematic misrepresentation of policy, and the structural problems of the United States and Israel as democracies facing dictatorial enemies.



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Anti-Americanism and Anti-Semitism: A New Frontier of Bigotry

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Alvin H. Rosenfeld (2003). American Jewish Committee (AJC).

The author traces the roots, growth, and meaning of these two antipathies and shows how they converge and attract similar devotees, both throughout the Muslim world and in Europe, particularly in Germany and France, the focus of his attention.



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