Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism

Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism

The Dynamics of Delegitimization
Edited by Alvin H. Rosenfeld
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 01/09/2019
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-253-03869-2
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How and why have anti-Zionism and antisemitism become so radical and widespread? This timely and important volume argues convincingly that today’s inflamed rhetoric exceeds the boundaries of legitimate criticism of the policies and actions of the state of Israel and conflates anti-Zionism with antisemitism. The contributors give the dynamics of this process full theoretical, political, legal, and educational treatment and demonstrate how these forces operate in formal and informal political spheres as well as domestic and transnational spaces. They offer significant historical and global perspectives of the problem, including how Holocaust memory and meaning have been reconfigured and how a singular and distinct project of delegitimization of the Jewish state and its people has solidified. This intensive but extraordinarily rich contribution to the study of antisemitism stands out for its comprehensive overview of an issue that is very much in the public eye.

Author Bio

Alvin H. Rosenfeld holds the Irving M. Glazer Chair in Jewish Studies and is Professor of English and Founding Director of the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism at Indiana University Bloomington. He is editor of Deciphering the New Antisemitism and Resurgent Antisemitism: Global Perspectives and author of The End of the Holocaust.


“Beginning with wider perspectives and then narrowing to include national perspectives from Israel, Poland, Germany, South Africa, the Czech Republic, and South Asia, this volume explores the origins that underlie the current reality of antisemitic anti-Zionism, and indeed, it makes the persuasive case that anti-Zionism today is essentially one of the most prominent and pernicious forms of current antisemitism.”
 — Mark Weitzman, editor (with Michael Fineberg and Shimon Samuels) of Antisemitism - The Generic Hatred: Essays in Memory of Simon Wiesenthal

“This important volume should be of interest to anyone who thinks seriously about the state of Israel and the extraordinary levels of criticism levelled not just against the policies of particular governments, but against the very idea and existence of the state itself. These criticisms are being voiced with growing insistence and attract considerable attention, uncritical approval, and adherence. This volume offers a very different and much needed set of arguments that persuasively counter much of what passes, particularly in progressive circles, for conventional wisdom.”
 — Philip Spencer, author (with Howard Wollman) of Nations and Nationalism: A Reader

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Table of Contents

Introduction / Alvin Rosenfeld

I. Ideological and Theoretical Sources and Implications

1. The New Replacement Theory: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, and the Denial of History / James Wald

2. From Wilhelm Marr to Mavi Marmara: Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism as Forms of Anti-Jewish Action / Thorsten Fuchshuber

3. Social Criticism and the "Jewish Problem" / Balázs Berkovits

4. New Challenges in Feminism: Intersectionality, Critical Theory and Anti-Zionism / Karin Stöegner

II. University, Legal, and Historical Frameworks

5. The Role of International Legal and Justice Discourse in Promoting the New Antisemitism / Gerald M. Steinberg and Anne Herzberg

6. Leaving the Post-Holocaust Period: The Effects of Anti-Israel Attitudes on Perceptions of the Holocaust / Catherine D. Chatterley

7. Antisemitism in the Guise of Anti-Nazism: Holocaust Inversion in the UK during Operation Protective Edge / Alan Johnson

8. Fraser v. UCU: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, and Racializing Discourse / Lesley Klaff

9. Conspiracy Pedagogy on Campus: BDS Advocacy, Antisemitism, and Academic Freedom / Cary Nelson

III. Israeli Voices

10. "There Was No Uncorrupt Israel": The Role of Israelis in Delegitimizing Jewish Collective Existence / Gil Ribak

11. The Appropriation of the Israeli "New Historians" Work by Anti-Zionists / Ilan Greilsammer

12. Christian BDS: An Act of Love? / Giovanni Matteo Quer

IV. National Contexts

13. Configurations of Antisemitism: The Anti-Zionist Campaign in Poland 1968 / Simon Gansinger

14. Germany’s Changing Discourse on Jews and Israel / Marc Grimm

15. The Roots of Anti-Zionism in South Africa and the Delegitimization of Israel / Milton Shain

16. From Donetsk to Tel Aviv: Czech Antisemitic Movements Respond to The Russian-Ukrainian War / Zbyněk Tarant

17. Muslim Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism in South Asia: A Case Study of Lucknow / Navras Jaat Aafreedi