Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Rising from the Muck: The New Anti-Semitism in Europe

Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Rising from the Muck: The New Anti-Semitism in Europe

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Rising From the Muck: The New Anti-Semitism in Europe, by Pierre-André Taguieff. Ivan R. Dee, June 2004. $26

Taguieff, a French political scientist and essayist on racism and nationalism, alerts readers to "the new anti-Semitism" (literally, "Judeophobia") in Europe in general but especially France in particular. Against the backdrop of post-1945 unacceptability of anti-Semitic beliefs (or at least their public expression), Taguieff examines the gradual but still relatively recent return of these sentiments to the public arena. Perhaps as in past centuries as well, this upsurge has a historically distinct tone, especially in its periodic guise of anti-Israelism and its roots in communities of discourse among some Islamic immigrants to Western Europe. He concludes that since the rgyos, "Judeophobia based on racism and nationalism gave way to Judeophobia based on anti-racism and anti-nationalism," especially anti-Israelism. The roots of this in immigrant communities is if anything the author's primary focus, a focus that reflects the growing-but usually gingerly expressed-concern that many have with the radical Islamist subculture that has emerged in France more than anywhere else in Europe (with its closest rival in Britain). …

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