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Resurgent Antisemitism

Global Perspectives

Edited by Alvin H. Rosenfeld

Publication Year: 2013

Dating back millennia, antisemitism has been called "the longest hatred." Thought to be vanquished after the horrors of the Holocaust, in recent decades it has once again become a disturbing presence in many parts of the world. Resurgent Antisemitism presents original research that elucidates the social, intellectual, and ideological roots of the "new" antisemitism and the place it has come to occupy in the public sphere. By exploring the sources, goals, and consequences of today's antisemitism and its relationship to the past, the book contributes to an understanding of this phenomenon that may help diminish its appeal and mitigate its more harmful effects.

Published by: Indiana University Press


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In an exceptional display of collegiality, all of the authors who contributed to this book did so in a friendly and timely manner. I thank them, therefore, not only for their important critical insights into the challenging subject matter before us but for their cooperation with an editor ...

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pp. 1-7

Nazism was defeated in Europe almost seventy years ago. Antisemitism was not. Resurgent over the past decade, it is once again a disturbing presence on the European continent, in many Arab and Muslim countries, and elsewhere. ...

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1. Anti-Zionism,Antisemitism, and the Rhetorical Manipulation of Reality

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pp. 8-41

Over the past decade or so, in the Western world, it has become customary, on university campuses, in certain sections of the media, and among a diverse collection of “public intellectuals,” to argue, in the name of something called “anti-Zionism,” that Israel is an “illegitimate” state: ...

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2. Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism as a Moral Question

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pp. 42-64

The past few years have witnessed concerted efforts to bring about what is called Israel’s delegitimation.1 What explains these anti-Israeli and so-called anti-Zionist campaigns, such as the BDS (or the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions campaign), the Free-Gaza flotillas, the aftermath of the bloody struggle on the Mavi Marmara, the Israel Apartheid weeks, ...

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3. Manifestations of Antisemitism in British Intellectual and Cultural Life

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pp. 65-94

British antisemitism has a long and depressing history. The first recorded blood libel occurred in England in 1144. A Christian document testified thus: “The Jews of Norwich brought a child before Easter, and tortured him with all the tortures wherewith our Lord was tortured, and on Long Friday hanged him on a rod in hatred of our Lord, and afterwards buried him.”1 ...

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4. Between Old and New Antisemitism: The Image of Jews in Present-day Spain

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pp. 95-117

Shouting “We are sick of the Jews” and “Jews out!” a group of students in spring 2009 greeted the president of the Spanish Jewish Community and other speakers about to participate in a conference on racism and antisemitism at Madrid’s Complutense University, the second-largest university in Spain. ...

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5. Antisemitism Redux: On Literary and Theoretical Perversions

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pp. 118-139

I will begin with a paradoxical and bitter admission: I believe that the transmission of the history and the memory of the Holocaust has triggered a backlash against Jews and Israel, at least in the West if not beyond, and at least throughout the last decade, although the phenomenon is arguably much older. ...

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6. Anti-Zionism and the Resurgence of Antisemitism in Norway

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pp. 140-174

On July 21, 1973, Ahmed Bouchiki was shot dead on the streets of Lillehammer. Although he was a Moroccan citizen, Bouchiki had lived in Norway since 1965 and was expecting a child with his Norwegian wife when agents connected to Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service, killed him. ...

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7. Antisemitism Redivivus: The Rising Ghosts of a Calamitous Inheritance in Hungary and Romania

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pp. 175-214

Religion, history, race, ethnicity, nationality, social memory, socialization: these are the explosive ingredients of every form of Jew-hatred, the crazed obsession that forms an all-pervasive psychopathology in Eastern and Central Europe. The virulent grassroots antisemitism rife across the whole region combines traditional Christian Judeophobia with ethnic and nationalist1 racial hatred of the Jew. ...

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8. Comparative and Competitive Victimization in the Post-Communist Sphere

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pp. 215-235

The interpretation of the recent past occupies a prominent place on the agenda of post-communist states and societies. They seek to make sense of the five or seven decades of communist rule and place them in the larger narratives of their national histories, the latter being matters of contention within and between states. ...

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9. The Catholic Church, Radio Maryja, and the Question of Antisemitism in Poland

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pp. 236-266

The question of antisemitism has never been thoroughly researched in Poland with regard to ideological, political, and social developments. It is not clear whether antisemitism, in all its forms, is a “by-product” of the growth of antisemitic propaganda in Western Europe or a Polish phenomenon. ...

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10. Antisemitism among Young European Muslims

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pp. 267-307

Muslims are the largest religious minority in the European Union, and Islam is the fastest growing religion. Estimations suggest that there are between 13 and 20 million European Muslims; approximately 70 percent live in Germany, France, and the United Kingdom. ...

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11. The Banalization of Hate: Antisemitism in Contemporary Turkey

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pp. 308-336

On the Turkish Foreign Ministry homepage there is a section titled “Frequently Asked Questions on Foreign Policy” (sorularla dış politika).1 Of the twenty-one questions proffered, ten—in other words, half—are concerned with the Armenian Genocide. The answers given to these questions reflect a view that rejects the claim of a Turkish-perpetrated genocide against the Armenians, ...

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12. Antisemitism’s Permutations in the Islamic Republic of Iran

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pp. 337-361

According to the Islamic Republic of Iran’s official census in the year 2006, Jews made up 0.02 percent of a nationwide population of 70,049,262, or 14,009 men, women, and children.1 More impressionistic, and therefore possibly less reliable, estimates placed Iran’s Jewish population at between 20,000 to 25,000 individuals in 2010. ...

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13. The Israeli Scene: Political Criticism and the Politics of Anti-Zionism

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pp. 362-381

One of the greatest ironies of modern Jewish history is that Zionism was considered to be the remedy to the malaise of antisemitism, and today Israel has become the main focus of contemporary antisemitism. Herzl and Pinsker did not simply envision the establishment of a Jewish state to function as a safe shelter from threats and persecutions. ...

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14. The Roots of Antisemitism in the Middle East: New Debates

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pp. 382-401

“When I witnessed the events in Imbaba, I realized [the Jews were behind them],” wrote journalist Safaa Saleh on May 13, 2011 in the Egyptian government newspaper Al-Gumhouriyya, following clashes between Copts and Muslims in Cairo’s Imbaba district that had claimed twelve lives. ...

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15. Anti-Zionist Connections: Communism, Radical Islam, and the Left

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pp. 402-423

Most historians tend to regard the ideologies of communism and radical Islam as mutually incompatible. Certainly, there is little in common at first sight between the Communist Manifesto and the Holy Qur'an. Nor does the Islamist cult of death or martyrdom for Allah seem to have much to do with the secular rationalist worldview that influenced Bolshevism and the Western Left a century ago. ...

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16. Present-day Antisemitism and the Centrality of the Jewish Alibi

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pp. 424-466

Since the beginning of the second Intifada in late September 2000, Europe has experienced a dramatic increase in antisemitic incidents.1 These phenomena have quickly spilled over to other Western countries as well. Though in each country antisemitism comes with its local peculiarities and its original historical baggage, ...

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17. Holocaust Denial and the Image of the Jew, or: “They Boycott Auschwitz as an Israeli Product”

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pp. 467-481

The image of the Jew depicted by Holocaust deniers since the Second World War raises numerous issues, including these two: (1) can this image change once circumstances themselves change? And (2), if so—is the denial of the Holocaust the deniers’ final goal, or is it the perpetuation of a certain, always negative image of the Jew? ...

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18. Identity Politics, the Pursuit of Social Justice, and the Rise of Campus Antisemitism: A Case Study

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pp. 482-520

On November 6, 1968, students from the Black Student Union and the Third World Liberation Front at San Francisco State College (later San Francisco State University) initiated a five-month strike—the longest campus strike in U.S. history—which set in motion a chain of events that changed the face of American higher education. ...

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19. The End of the Holocaust and the Beginnings of a New Antisemitism

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pp. 521-534

Our measure of the bad at its worst has a name that sits heavily in our psyches and ominously in our moral vocabulary: Auschwitz. To those moved by its memory, no dread surpasses the dread of that place. To others, Auschwitz, for all of its terrifying associations, is now part of the past and not a major source of present-day concerns. ...

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List of Contributors

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pp. 535-540

Ilan Avisar is Associate Professor in the Department of Film and Television at Tel Aviv University and the author of several books and numerous articles, including Screening the Holocaust: Cinema’s Images of the Unimaginable (1998), Visions of Israel (1997; 2002), and The Israeli Scene: Language, Cinema, Discourse (2005). ...


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pp. 541-561

E-ISBN-13: 9780253008909
Print-ISBN-13: 9780253008787

Page Count: 576
Publication Year: 2013