Jewish Political Studies Review

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 1/2, Spring

A Mosaic on the Mufti's Islam
A Mosaic on the Mufti's Islam Icon of Evil: Hitler s Mufti and the Rise of Radical Islam, by David G. Dalin and John F. Rothmarm, New York: Random House, 2008, 230 pp.Reviewed by Wolfgang G. SchwanitzIn a kind of delirium he dreamed of the skyscrapers...
Analyzing Cartoons to Capture the Essence of Anti-Semitism
Analyzing Cartoons to Capture the Essence of Anti-Semitism Cartoons and Extremism: Israel and the Jews in Arab and Western Media, by Joël Kotek, Edgware: Vallentine Mitchell, 2009, 200 pp.Reviewed by Manfred GerstenfeldCartoonists in the mass media must...
At Issue DEVISING UNIFIED CRITERIA AND METHODS OF MONITORING ANTI-SEMITISM
Awareness of the increase in racist and anti-Semitic violence has led the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the European Union (EU) to settle agreements to monitor and combat the phenomenon. A European working definition...
Bunkum as History: The Revisionist Quest for Lost Innocence
Churchill, Hitler, and the Unnecessary War: How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World, by Patrick J. Buchanan, New York: Crown, 2008, 518 pp.Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization, by Nicholson Baker, New York:...
From the Editors
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...
German Leftists on European Power
German Leftists on European Power Weltmacht Europa - Hauptstadt Berlin? Ein EU-Handbuch [Global power Europe - Capital Berlin? An EU handbook], edited by Ilka Schröder, Konkret-Texte 39, Hamburg: Konkret-Literatur- Verlag, 2005, 215 pp. [German]Reviewed...
How American Textbooks Mislead on Jews and Israel
How American Textbooks Mislead on Jews and Israel The Trouble with Textbooks: Distorting History and Religion, by Gary A. Tobin and Dennis R. Ybarra, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2008, 209 pp.Reviewed by Manfred GerstenfeldIn recent years there has been...
Local Jewish Community Studies as Planning Tools for the American Jewish Community
More than 50 American Jewish Federations completed local Jewish community studies from 1993 to 2008. The principal purpose of this paper is to illustrate the utility of these studies. Part I cites examples of how the results of these studies have been...
"New" Anti-Semitism in Contemporary German Academia
It is one of the bitter ironies of the dialectics of modernity that the very sphere of science and academia, the purpose of which is to enlighten mankind, has provided intellectual cover to modern Jew-hatred. It was in Germany of all places that scientific...
Not Quite the Mayflower Generation but Close
Not Quite the Mayflower Generation But Close Histoire des Américains juifs [A history of American Jewry], by Françoise S. Ouzan, Brussels: Andre Versailles, 2008, 262 pp. [French]Reviewed by Michelle MazelFrançoise Ouzan is an associate professor (maître...
Prejudice and Demonization in the Swedish Middle East Debate during the 2006 Lebanon War
Since the beginning of the new millennium increased anti-Semitism has been detected within the political Left in some European countries. It is often said to be most pronounced in the media, where criticism of Israel is sometimes tainted by anti-Jewish...
Relationship Status: Special, but Complicated
Relationship Status: Special, but Complicated Die deutsch-israelischen Sicherheitsbeziehungen: Vergangenheit, Gegenwart, Zukunft [The German-Israeli security relations: Past,present, future], edited by Milena Uhlmann, Berlin: Berliner Wissenschaftsverlag,...
"The Anti-Germans" - the Pro-Israel German Left
It is no secret that the German Left's outlook today is, and has been for some time, predominantly anti-Israel and anti-American. Far less wellknown is the existence of a small but influential pro-Israel movement within the German Left, a movement which...
The Centrality of Ngos in Promoting Anti-Israel Boycotts and Sanctions
NGOs (non-governmental organizations) focusing on human rights are powerful actors in international politics in general, and in the Arab-Israeli conflict in particular. The NGO community has advanced anti-Israel agendas in the UN, including in the 2001...
The Cost of Being the Favorite Son
The Cost of Being the Favorite Son The Chosen: The History of an Idea, and the Anatomy of an Obsession, by Avi Beker, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008, 256 pp.Reviewed by Asaf RomirowskyMany legends are told about how God chose the children of Israel...
The End of a Beautiful Friendship
The End of a Beautiful Friendship De Gaulle/Pétain Règlements de comptes [De Gaulle/Petain: Settling scores], by Herbert Lottman, Paris: Le Grand Livre du Mois, 2008, 229 pp. [French]Reviewed by Michelle MazelIn this fascinating little book Herbert Lottman...
The Largest Jewish Communal Educational Experience Ever
The Largest Jewish Communal Educational Experience Ever Ten Days of Birthright Israel: A Journey in Young Adult Identity, by Leonard Saxe and Barry Chazan, Lebanon, NH: Brandeis University Press, 2008, 223 pp.Reviewed by Manfred GerstenfeldThe "Birthright...
The Mufti of Jerusalem
The Mufti of Jerusalem Haj-Amin el-Husseini and National-Socialism, by Jennie Lebel, translated by Paul Munch from Serbian, Belgrade: Cigoja stampa, 2007, 374 pp.Reviewed by Wolfgang G. SchwanitzThe Serbian-Israeli historian Jennie Lebel illuminates...
The Supreme Court, Jewishness, and Democracy: Suggestions for a More Effective Balance
Under the leadership of Aharon Barak, the Israeli Supreme Court experienced a "constitutional revolution," giving it the right to judge whether various public decisions respect the "Jewish and democratic values of the state." This paper emphasizes that...
Turning to the Past to Understand the Future
Turning to the Past to Understand the Future La Judeophobie des temps modernes, des Lumières au jihad mondial [Judeophobia of modem times, from the Enlightenment to world jihad], by Pierre-Andre Taguieff, Paris: Editions Odile Jacob, 2008, 683 pp. [French]Reviewed...
Winston Churchill - A Good Friend of Jews and Zionism?
Churchill and the Jews, by Michael J. Cohen, London & Portland: Frank Cass, 1985, second revised edition, 2003, 421 pp.Churchill and the Jews: A Lifelong Friendship, by Martin Gilbert, New York: Henry Holt & Co., 2007, 359 pp.Churchill's Promised...
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