Academic journal article Jewish Political Studies Review

From the Editors

Academic journal article Jewish Political Studies Review

From the Editors

Article excerpt

This issue opens with an essay by Gerald M. Steinberg which demonstrates how non-governmental organizations use the weapons derived from the rhetoric of human rights and international law to foster anti-Israeli agendas. These campaigns are conducted via the UN, the media, churches, and university campuses. Examples include the 2001 UN Durban Conference, the promotion of the false claims of the Jenin "massacre" and war crimes in 2002, the campaign against the separation barrier, the academic boycott efforts, and church-based divestment activities.

Yves Pallade analyzes how anti-Zionist rhetoric has become a socially acceptable way of expressing anti-Semitic sentiments in the German academic context. The anti-Semitic nature of this is frequently denied by both the proponents and their superiors. Statements of Jewish anti-Zionists have helped to infuse anti-Semitic notions not only in the academic discourse but also in research on anti-Semitism.

Uniform criteria are necessary in order to monitor anti-Semitism and hate crimes effectively. Michael Whine indicates how this can be done, on the basis of the UK model. He underlines the need for consistent and objective reporting at both the government and Jewish community levels.

Mathan Ravid analyzes the contents of eight newspapers of the Swedish Left, showing that criticism of Israel is at least in part tainted by anti- Jewish sentiments. During the 2006 Second Lebanon War many of the newspapers examined alluded to notions which have anti-Semitic or anti-Zionist roots. …

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