The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law is an independent, unaffiliated, nonprofit corporation established to advance the civil and human rights of the Jewish people and promote justice for all. LDB conducts research, education, and advocacy to combat the resurgence of anti-Semitism on college and university campuses. Read More.
The Definition of Anti-Semitism
LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus has written the authoritative volume on this complex, politically contested issue for Oxford University Press (2015). What is anti-Semitism? The Definition of Anti-Semitism is the first book-length study to explore this central question in the context of the new anti-Semitism.
LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus has written the authoritative volume on this complex, politically contested issue for Oxford University Press (2015). http://www.amazon.com/The-Definition-Anti-Semitism-Kenneth-Marcus/dp/019937564X What is anti-Semitism? The Definition of Anti-Semitism is the first book-length study to explore this central question in the context of the new anti-Semitism. Previous efforts to define ‘anti-Semitism’ have been complicated by the disreputable origins of the term, the discredited sources of its etymology, the diverse manifestations of the concept, and the contested politics of its applications. Nevertheless the task is an important one, not only because definitional clarity is required for the term to be understood, but also because the current conceptual confusion prevents resolution of many incidents in which anti-Semitism is manifested. The Definition of Anti-Semitism explores the various ways in which anti-Semitism has historically been defined, demonstrates the weaknesses in prior efforts, and develops a new definition of anti-Semitism, especially in the context of the ‘new anti-Semitism’ in American higher education.
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
Antisemitism in North America: New Wold, Old Hate
In Antisemitism in North America (Leiden: Brill, 2016), editors Steven K. Baum, Neil J. Kressel, Florette Cohen, and Steven Leonard Jacobs have brought together an impressive array of scholars from diverse disciplines and political orientations to assess the condition of the Jews in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
The contributors do not always agree with each other, but they offer perspectives of why the Jewish experience in North America has neither been free from antisemitism nor ever so unwelcoming and dangerous as the countries from which they came. LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus contributes an important chapter on “Antisemitism in North American Higher Education.”
Three Conceptions of Religious Freedom
LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus contributes a chapter on “Three Conceptions of Religious Freedom” to Hanoch Dagan, Shahar Lifschitz and Yedidia Z. Stern’s new edited volume on Religion and the Discourse of Human Rights (Jerusalem, Israel: Israel Democracy Institute, 2014).
This book presents a series of case studies that examine the interaction between religion and human rights from various angles. Among other approaches, the authors investigate the possibility of using religion as a source of human rights and suggest a discursive framework for dialogue between a religious tradition and the human rights tradition. The volume includes essays by a number of other prominent scholars, including Christopher L. Eisgruber, Lawrence G. Sager, Leora F. Batnitzky, Suzanne Last Stone, Menachem Mautner, and Christopher McCrudden.
Download the edited volume, including Mr. Marcus’ essay, here.
The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel
LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus contributes a chapter on anti-Semitism in the anti-Israel boycott movement in Cary Nelson and Gabriel Noah Brahm, Jr.’s upcoming volume, “The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel.”
Global Antisemitism: A Crisis of Modernity
LDB Advisor Charles A. Small (ISGAP) has published an edited volume on Global Antisemitism: A Crisis of Modernity, featuring a chapter by LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus on “The Definition of Antisemitism.”
Review of Jewish Identity and Civil Rights in America
“Kenneth Marcus has given us a book that is thoughtful and impassioned, creative and careful, erudite and provocative. Everyone concerned about vicious anti-Zionism and antisemitism on campus should read it.” This is the judgment of Prof. Paul Burstein in his new review of Jewish Identity and Civil Rights in America (Cambridge University Press: 2010) for the current issue of AJS Review.
The University’s Jihad Against Israel & Jews
LDB Advisor Richard L. Cravatts has published The University’s Jihad Against Israel & Jews (Freedom Center 2012) reporting and analyzing covert anti-Semitism and overt Israel-hatred on college campuses. Cravatts argues that greater understanding of this problem is necessary before the tide be turned in higher education.
Review of Jewish Identity and Civil Rights in America
Lesley Klaff reviews Kenneth L. Marcus’ Jewish Identity and Civil Rights in America (Cambridge 2010), “a must-read for anyone who has ever questioned the ‘dilemma of Jewish difference.'” Klaff evaluates the book in the context of continuing trends, praising the work of “Ken Marcus, who is prepared to initiate and lead the fightback against campus antisemitism.”
Anti-Semitism on the Campus: Past and Present (Anti-Semitism in America)
Eunice G. Pollack has published an edited volume on Antisemitism on the Campus: Past & Present (Academic Studies Press 2011) featuring chapters by LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus and LDB Advisors Alvin H. Rosenfeldand Tammi Rossman Benjamin. Twenty-one leading scholars explore the roots and manifestations of antisemitism and anti-Zionism and the efforts to combat them at American, British, and South African colleges and universities in the 20th and 21st centuries.-
Disenchantment: George Steiner and the Meaning of Western Civilization After Auschwitz
LDB Advisor Catherine Chatterley has published Disenchantment: George Steiner and the Meaning of Western Civilization After Auschwitz (Syracuse University Press, 2011), an intellectual biography of the distinguished cultural critic. Chatterley shows why Steiner’s neglected writings on the Holocaust and antisemitism should be central to a proper understanding of his criticism.
The End of the Holocaust
LDB Advisor Alvin H. Rosenfeld has published The End of the Holocaust (Indiana University Press 2011), an analysis of the public consciousness of the destruction of European Jewry. Rosenfeld explains how the proliferation of Holocaust films, literature, museums, and public commemorations has, perversely, diminished the meaning and memory of that tragedy.