Archive for the ‘Contemporary Antisemitism 2: Analysis’ Category

Understanding and Addressing

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Understanding and Addressing the Nazi Card Download EISCA

Antisemitism Today: How It Is the Same, How It Is Different, and How to Fight It

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Kenneth S. Stern (2006). American Jewish Committee (AJC).

This fully downloadable book provides a detailed examination of the nature and origins of contemporary antisemitism across the world. It includes a discussion of what antisemitism actually is and how to define it, its contemporary manifestations in Europe, the Arab and Islamic worlds, and on American university campuses, and its manifestations in Holocaust denial and as part of an ostensibly anti-racist discourse. Finally, strategies for challenging antisemitism are discussed.



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European Anti-Semitism Reinvents Itself

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Robert S. Wistrich (2005). American Jewish Committee.

The author analyses the intensification of a new antisemitism in Europe since the turn of the millennium. The multi-faceted nature of the current threat in several European countries is expounded upon in detail, whilst the common thread of singling out Jews as part of a ’global abstraction’ with Israel at its heart is identified.



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‘Old’ and ‘New’: Contemporary British Antisemitism

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Mark Gardner (2007). Engage.

The author explores the issues that relate to contemporary antisemitism in Britain. He suggests that contemporary antisemitism is not necessarily new, but that as in the past, it builds upon pre-existing themes ‘recast within the paradigms and contexts of the modern day’.  In this regard, he suggests that much which is characterised as anti-Zionism in fact is built upon traditional antisemitic motifs and libels, with the target rephrased from ‘Jews’ to ‘Zionists’.  Recent antisemitic statements and incidents are explored and the Islamist, left and right sources of contemporary antisemitism highlighted.



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Cruel Britannia

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Robert S. Wistrich (2005). Azure.

The author identifies contemporary antisemitic sentiment in Britain as being part of mainstream discourse, evident amongst academic, political, and media elites. He suggests that the antecedents for this phenomenon and the failure thus far for its successful countering lie in the unique history of antisemitism in Britain, one quite different from occurrences on the continent.



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Anti-Semitism in Greece

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Greek Helsinki Monitor (2002).

The document presents contemporary antisemitism in Greece as a multi-dimensional issue of concern. Openly antisemitic views expressed by Orthodox clergy members, politicians, cultural icons, and journalists are highlighted and discussed.



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The omnipotent Jew. Anti-Semitism today

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Evelien Gans (2003). Engage.

The article explores the nature of contemporary antisemitism in Holland. Depictions of ‘the Jew’ and the inversion of the Holocaust to equate Zionism with Nazism are considered. Their contemporary expression are contrasted respectively to earlier antisemitic stereotypes in Holland and the first examples that compared Zionism with Nazism immediately after the 2nd World War. The author highlights the importance of conceptual clarity and examines the relationship between the terms antisemitism and anti-Zionism.



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Anti-Semitism, Holocaust Memory, Property Restitution and Related Issues Confronting the Jewish Communities of Central and Eastern Europe

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

American Jewish Committee (AJC) (2002).

A compilation of narratives on the state of antisemitism in Central and Eastern Europe. Overviews provided by communal leaders and academics on the situation in 2002 in Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.



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Antisemitism in French Schools: Turmoil of a Republic

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Georges Bensoussan (2004). Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism (SISCA).

Antisemitism in French schools and universities is considered. Its manifestations in increasing physical and verbal violence against Jewish pupils, as well as in pressure exerted upon teachers who try to lecture about the Holocaust are discussed. It is suggested that the phenomenon is deeply-rooted and not essentially limited to the Israeli-Arab conflict. Antisemitism in French schools is seen as symptomatic of a social and identity crisis in France.



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Anti-Jewish stereotypes in Swedish public discourse

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Henrik Bachner (2007). Engage.

Antisemitic discourse in contemporary Sweden is discussed. The appearance of Christian anti-Jewish motifs, of myths of power, influence and conspiracy, and of Holocaust inversion in the public debate are all highlighted.



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