From Antisemitism to Anti-Zionism: The Past & Present of a Lethal Ideology

From Antisemitism to Anti-Zionism: The Past & Present of a Lethal Ideology

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Edited by Eunice G. Pollack

Series: Antisemitism in America
ISBN: 9781618115652 (hardcover)
Pages: approx. 420 pp.
Publication Date: April 2017

 

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Leading scholars use the lenses of history, sociology, political science, psychology, philosophy, religion, and literature to examine, disentangle, and remove the disguises of the many forms of antisemitism and anti-Zionism that have inhabited or targeted the English-speaking world in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Although in principle one can be anti-Zionist without being antisemitic, authors document and trace the numerous parallels and continuities between the hoary tropes attached for centuries to the Jewish people and the more recent vilifications of the Jewish state. They evaluate—and discredit—many of the central claims anti-Zionists have promoted in their relentless effort to delegitimize the Jewish state. They show how mainstream anti-racist communities, courses and texts have ignored—or denied—the antisemitic hatred that pervades much of the Muslim world.


Eunice G. Pollack (PhD, Columbia University) is a professor of History and Jewish Studies, University of North Texas. Recent publications include Racializing Antisemitism: Black Militants, Jews, & Israel, 1950 – Present; Antisemitism on the Campus: Past & Present (Ed.); and the prize-winning two-volume Encyclopedia of American Jewish History (Coedited with Stephen H. Norwood).


Table of Contents

Preface: From a Pariah People to a Pariah State
Eunice G. Pollack

Part I: DENYING ANTISEMITISM
1. How Raising the Issue of Antisemitism Puts You Outside the Community of the Progressive: The Livingstone Formulation<p>
David Hirsh
2. The Great Failure of the Anti-Racist Community: The Neglect of Muslim Antisemitism in English-Language Courses, Textbooks, and Research
Neil J. Kressel

II. ANTISEMITISM IN AMERICA BEFORE—AND AFTER—THE FOUNDING OF THE JEWISH STATE: THE ELITES AND THE MASSES
3. Antisemitism in the White House
Rafael Medoff
4. Antisemitic Terror, Defeatism, and Anti-Zionism: Coughlinism and the Christian Front, 1934–1955
Stephen H. Norwood
5. Entertaining Nazi Warriors in America, 1934–1936
Stephen H. Norwood

III. ANTI-ZIONISM: ANTISEMITISM SINCE THE HOLOCAUST
6. The Wages of Moral Schadenfreude in the Press: Anti-Zionism and European Jihad
Richard Landes
7. Palestinian Identity Theft and the Delegitimization of Israel
Jerold S. Auerbach
8. Foundation Myths of Anti-Zionism
Eunice G. Pollack
9. Past and Present: Plus Ça Change, Plus C’est la Mȇme Chose
Edward Alexander

IV. ZIONIST AND ANTI-ZIONIST THEOLOGIES: CHRISTIAN ZIONISTS, ISLAMIC JIHADISTS, AND THE JEWISH STATE
10. Christian Zionism: Is It Good for the Jews?
Benjamin Ginsberg
11. Holy Land, Sacred History, and Anti-Zionism
David Patterson

V. CONTEMPORARY ANTISEMITISM: THE UNENDING THREAT
12. Zionism through the Internet’s Looking Glass
Andre Oboler
13. Perspectives on Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism in Contemporary Canada
Ira Robinson
14. The Delegitimization—and Relegitimization—of Israel
Joel Fishman

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