Resurgent Antisemitism: Global Perspectives

Resurgent Antisemitism: Global Perspectives

Resurgent Antisemitism: Global Perspectives

Resurgent Antisemitism: Global Perspectives

Synopsis

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.

Excerpt

Alvin H. Rosenfeld

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. According to the Year in Review 2008/09 report of the Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and Racism at Tel Aviv University, the year 2009 began with “a wave of antisemitic manifestations [that] swept the world,” with close to one thousand attacks reported in January alone. Such incidents have become virulent over the past decade. Denis MacShane, a British Labour Party mp and author of Globalizing Hatred: the New Antisemitism (2008), notes that “hatred of Jews has reached new heights in Europe and many points south and east of the old continent.” He continues: “Synagogues attacked. Jewish schoolboys jostled on public transportation. Rabbis punched and knifed. British Jews feeling compelled to raise millions to provide private security for their weddings and community events. On campuses, militant anti-Jewish students fueled by Islamist or far-left hate seeking to prevent Jewish students from expressing their opinions.”

In response to this upsurge in violence, Prime Minister Tony Blair commissioned MacShane and others to investigate new outbreaks of antisemitism in the United Kingdom. Their report, issued in 2006, is sobering. in a parallel move, the U.S. Congress passed the Global Anti-Semitism Review Act of 2004, which requires the Department of State to document acts of antisemitism globally. the annual reports issued by the State Department to date confirm the rise of antisemitic hostility throughout much of the world. Similar reports issued by monitoring agencies in Europe confirm these same troublesome findings.

To cite MacShane again: “The antisemitism of old has morphed into something new…. Neo-antisemitism is a twenty-first century global ideology, with its own thinkers, organizers, spokespersons, state sponsors . . .

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