| Deciphering the New Anti-Semitism
LDB Academic Advisor Alvin Rosenfeld, Director of the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and Professor of Jewish Studies and English at Indiana University Bloomington has edited an important new volume on Deciphering the New Antisemitism (Indiana University Press 2016).
LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus contributes an important chapter on “The Ideology of the New Anti-Semitism” to the volume.
Deciphering the New Antisemitism addresses the issue of anti-Semitism through a global perspective as the essays examine how it molds into various forms in all parts of the world. Published on November 24, 2015, the book is a part of the “Studies in Antisemitism” series through the Indiana University Press. Publishers Weekly reports that “this volume, rich in information, is not for the casual reader, but is recommended as a valuable compilation of research and analysis that will help concerned readers track the evolution of anti-Semitism and determine which trends are most worrisome.”
Other contributors to Rosenfeld’s volume include Pascal Bruckner, Günther Jikeli, Elhanan Yakira, Doron Ben-Atar, Bruno Chaouat, Mark Weitzman, Bernard Harrison, Matthias Küntzel, and Aleksandra Gliszczynska-Grabias. Topics range from “Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia” to “Holocaust Denial” to “Anti-Semitism and the Contemporary Left” and more.
Marcus’s chapter on “The Ideology of the New Anti-Semitism” explains how anti-Zionism functions as the central aspect in a distorted vision, not only of the Jewish people, but of the entire world. That is to say, ideological anti-Zionism, like its anti-Semitic predecessors, provides a pathological means of understanding (or misunderstanding) all of the world and its various misfortunes and not just one piece of it.
Table of Contents
Introduction Alvin H. Rosenfeld
Part I. Defining and Assessing Antisemitism
1. Antisemitism and Islamophobia: The Inversion of the Debt—Pascal Bruckner
2. The Ideology of the New Antisemitism—Kenneth L. Marcus
3. A Framework for Assessing Antisemitism: Three Case Studies (Dieudonné, Erdoğan, and Hamas)—Günther Jikeli
4. Virtuous Antisemitism—Elhanan Yakira
Part II. Intellectual and Ideological Contexts
5. Historicizing the Transhistorical: Apostasy and the Dialectic of Jew-Hatred—Doron Ben-Atar
6. Literary Theory and the Delegitimization of Israel—Jean Axelrad Cahan
7. Good News from France: There Is No New Antisemitism—Bruno Chaouat
8. Anti-Zionism and the Anarchist Tradition—Eirik Eiglad
9. Antisemitism and the Radical Catholic Traditionalist Movement—Mark Weitzman
Part III. Holocaust Denial, Evasion, Minimization
10. The Uniqueness Debate Revisited—Bernard Harrison
11. Denial, Evasion, and Anti-Historical Antisemitism: The Continuing Assault on Memory—David Patterson
12. Generational Changes in the Holocaust Denial Movement in the United States—Aryeh Tuchman
Part IV. Regional Manifestations
13. From Occupation to Occupy: Antisemitism and the Contemporary Left in the United States—Sina Arnold
14. The EU’s Responses to Contemporary Antisemitism: A Shell Game—R. Amy Elman
15. Anti-Israeli Boycotts: European and International Human Rights Law Perspectives—Aleksandra Gliszczynska-Grabias
16. Delegitimizing Israel in Germany and Austria: Past Politics, the Iranian Threat, and Post-national Anti-Zionism—Stephan Grigat
17. Antisemitism and Antiurbanism, Past and Present: Empirical and Theoretical Approaches—Bodo Kahmann
18. Tehran’s Efforts to Mobilize Antisemitism: The Global Impact—Matthias Küntzel
List of Contributors