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Defining antisemitism – again, and again…

A couple of new antisemitism definitions have ridden into town. Keith Kahn-Harris girds his loins.

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Sexual Fantasy and Antisemitism

In a continuation of our series on Jews & Sex, Aidan Joseph Beatty argues how antisemitism is often a deeply pleasurable, even erotic, experience for the antisemite. In January 1904, a relatively young Irish Catholic priest named John Creagh began a campaign of intimidation against the small Jewish community in Limerick. Using his religious pulpit, […]

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How Ben Franklin Was Turned Into an Antisemite

Shai Afsai discusses how the American Founding Father has been used to spread hate. The myth that American founding father Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 – April 17, 1790) was antisemitic first emerged 87 years ago – 144 years after his passing – with the publication of a fraudulent and since then repeatedly discredited text […]

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Into the flatlands with Professor David Miller

Why rejecting David Miller’s antisemitism also requires rejecting the flatland he inhabits.

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Gloria Tessler shows how Shakespeare turned antisemitism on its head. I have often thought the Bard was the most enlightened philosemite of them all. And the reason? His controversial play, The Merchant of Venice. Many Jews applaud Michael Morpurgo’s decision not to include The Merchant in his forthcoming children’s book, Tales from Shakespeare, but I […]

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Nathan Abrams finds flaws in David Baddiel’s new book about antisemitism Jews Don’t Count.  I finally got my copy of Jews Don’t Count, David Baddiel’s new book about antisemitism. Despite being a longtime fan and bearing more than a passing physical resemblance to him, I desperately didn’t want to like this book. Maybe it’s because the media only seems to pay attention to these issues when it’s a celebrity like Baddiel, Simon Schama or Anthony Julius. As he puts it himself in the book, ‘I am, […]

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George Orwell: Oracle, Political Visionary, Antisemite?

Martin Elliot Jaffe considers the reputation and writings of George Orwell. During my years as a graduate student at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio during the 1970s I read a great deal of political theory and history of England during the 1930’s— the denial of the reality of European fascism, insularity, class-bound decadent aristocratic political […]

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It’s Time to Celebrate Jewish Power

Loolwa Khazzoom celebrates the Jews in the new Biden administration. I watched inauguration day with great emotion, for numerous reasons, including the fact that a Black Indian woman is in the White House, for the first time in history. I was equally excited not only about the corollary fact that there is a second gentleman […]

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Why Is There Resistance to A Working Definition of Antisemitism?

Günther Jikeli offers a defence of the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism

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Teaching Antisemitism in the Classroom

Georgia Burns, an English teacher at a High School in northeast England, reflects on discussing antisemitic English literature in the classroom. ‘From the description of Scrooge, what can we infer?’ I ask. Awkward whispers herald the one student confident enough to voice the class’ concern. ‘Dickens is wildly antisemitic?’  Teaching literature is a joy. George R.R. […]

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