Category Archives: Antisemitism

Muslim hostility to Israel and Jews in Europe: is it antisemitism as we know it?

On 4 August I posted a piece by the Washington-based historian and independent scholar Dr Steven Beller in which he discussed the question: ‘Anti-Jewish hostility provoked by the Gaza offensive: is antisemitism the right word for it?’ It generated a lively response in … Continue reading

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Combating antisemitism and defending Israel: a potentially explosive mix

If any more evidence were required to demonstrate that the Community Security Trust (CST), the private charity that describes its mission as monitoring and combating antisemitism on behalf of the British Jewish Community, is abusing its mandate by providing political … Continue reading

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Another faulty, pseudo-academic antisemitism initiative

It was inevitable. Another Gaza offensive by Israel begins, ostensibly to stop Hamas from firing rockets into southern Israel, and within a couple of days accusations of antisemitism were flying around. Two particularly caught my attention. The first was the … Continue reading

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Gunter Grass, antisemitism and the inflation of evil

My post on openDemocracy, published on 16 April 2012: The Israel factor has politicised the business of assessing antisemitism such that the vitriolic disagreement surrounding it has become about far more than just facts, intelligent judgment and expertise. What does … Continue reading

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Muslims and Jews: beyond clichés and mutual demonisation

A fascinating and important workshop on relations between Muslims and Jews, organized by the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism at Birkbeck University of London, began with a nuanced account of the treatment of Jews and Muslims in English … Continue reading

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9/11 and the destruction of the shared understanding of antisemitism

This piece is cross-posted from openDemocracy Even before 9/11, the redefinition of antisemitism as essentially left-wing and Islamic prejudice and discrimination against the Jewish state of Israel—‘the Jew among the nations’—was well underway. But the popularity of this reformulation of … Continue reading

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Former Canadian Minister of Justice Cotler: ‘Calling Israel an Apartheid State is Not Antisemitic’

Professor Irwin Cotler, the former Canadian Minister of Justice and Chairman of the Inter-Parliamentary Commission for Combatting Antisemitism, recently told Ha’aretz journalist David Sheen: ‘You can criticize an Israeli policy or action as having been not only a violation of … Continue reading

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