This reassuring narrative that remembers antisemitism
as a relic of bygone times disregards what Walter Benjamin, the great critic of historiography, called the correspondence between the past and the present: that we never remember the past itself, but that memory is always an expression of the past in the present.
of North Texas) introduces the "old-new antisemitism
" that now permeates campuses as anti-Zionism.
Given the book's focus on college campuses, it is not surprising that two-thirds of the essays in Antisemitism
on Campus deal primarily with what is sometimes described as the "new anti-Semitism," in which Jews around the world are harassed, demonized and attacked by opponents of Israel for the alleged crimes of the "Jewish State." There is no shortage of anecdotal evidence that this type of antisemitism
is particularly prevalent on campuses, and Antisemitism
on the Campus is full of such accounts, with good discussions of antisemitic manifestations at institutions like Wellesley College, the University of California at Berkeley and Irvine, and Columbia University.
The rhetoric of radical anti-Zionism, even when it sails under the flag of "antiracism" is proving itself a "worthy" heir of racist antisemitism
. Like its prewar predecessors, it, too, claims to be "liberating humanity" from a highly dangerous and universal yoke; this time round, the "tyrant" is Israel--the collective Super-Jew--rather than the specter of Das Weltjudentum (World Jewry) as the Nazis preferred to call their global enemy.
By all traditional standards of measurement, antisemitism
would seem to be a passing phenomenon.
It has become customary to ascribe all anti-Israelism, a term that has come to describe a systematic prejudice against Israel, to antisemitism
. As Hillel Halkin put it, "the new anti-Israelism is nothing but the old antisemitism
in disguise." (1) Some prefer the formulation that the new antisemitism
is nothing but the old antisemitism
in the guise of anti-Israelism.
The Tower Hamlets Council in London rejected an application from The Big Ride for Palestine to hold a welcome event in a council-run park because of concerns that the event was too "controversial" and conflicted with the IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance) definition of antisemitism
One is at a purely ideological level, which has been to force a change in the official definition of 'antisemitism
Spokesman for Jeremy Corbyn hits back at "false" claims made by Labour peers who signed Guardian advert on antisemitism
. "Many have a public record of opposition to Jeremy Corbyn." Adds reform of House of Lords is party policy and topic for next manifesto.
"We contacted Labour after receiving a number of complaints about allegations of antisemitism
in the party," the Equality and Human Rights Commission said in a statement.
In 1896, Theodor Herzl proposed Zionism as a solution to antisemitism
. (1) Antisemitism
, he argued, was a result of Jews being people without a national homeland.