Antisemitism Today and Tomorrow: Global Perspectives on the Many Faces of Contemporary Antisemitism

Antisemitism Today and Tomorrow: Global Perspectives on the Many Faces of Contemporary Antisemitism


Edited by Mikael Shainkman

Series: Antisemitism Studies
ISBN: 9781618117441 (hardcover)
Pages: 274 pp.; 31 figs.
Publication Date: November 2018

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This book illustrates the two clear trends in antisemitism today: “old” antisemitism, based in religious and racist prejudices, which has largely disappeared from public discourse in the West after the defeat of Nazi Germany, but has resurfaced in the last quarter-century in the face of right wing frustration of weakening nation states in a globalized world; and “new” antisemitism, or the antisemitic narrativization of Israel, which is most commonly found on the Left, in the Muslim world, and in the post-colonial discourse.

This collection of essays analyzes both old and new antisemitisms, in order to understand their place in the world of today and tomorrow. It is written by experts in the field of antisemitism working for, or connected with, the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry at Tel Aviv University.

Contributors: Irena Cantorovich, Lars Dencik, Julia Edthofer, Adrian Gruszniewski, Liora Hendelman-Baavur, Günther Jikeli, Lidia Lerner, Karl Marosi, Michal Navoth, Andre Oboler, Dina Porat, Mathan Ravid, Mikael Shainkman, Natalia Sineaeva-Pankowska, Kristin Wagrell, Michael Whine

Mikael Shainkman (PhD) is a research fellow at the Moshe Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry at Tel Aviv University, and Editor of the Center's series of Position Papers. His research focuses mainly on antisemitism and historical culture: his doctoral thesis, Heroes and Victims: The Holocaust in Israeli Historical Culture, dealt with how the Holocaust has been remembered, understood and used in Israeli society.


Compiled by Mikael Shainkman, a researcher at Tel Aviv University, this informative collection of papers focusses largely – but not exclusively – on contemporary European anti-Semitism. … Shainkman’s collection, in short, constitutes a valuable addition to the corpus of literature about contemporary anti-Semitism in Europe and elsewhere. Experts on anti-Semitism, as well as laymen interested in this phenomenon, will undoubtedly discover much of interest amongst its contributions.
— David Rodman, Israel Affairs, Vol. 25
This very timely collection of essays analyzes the re-emergence of Judeophobic thinking and acting in the twenty-first century, and its new garb as anti-Israelism. The chapters present the different ways contemporary Jew- and Israel-hatred presents itself in different countries, but also show how these are manifestations of the same phenomenon, now in a new dress. A highly recommended volume for all worried by present-day antisemitism.
— Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Monika Schwarz-Friesel, Technische Universität Berlin, Institut für Sprache und Kommunikation Fachgebiet Allgemeine
As antisemitism returns to public life and mainstream politics, this book is an essential tool for anybody trying to understand the variety of ways in which the oldest of hatreds has re-emerged in different parts of the world, using new forms and old.
— Dave Rich, Head of Policy/Deputy Director of Communications, Community Security Trust (CST), UK
Twentieth century totalitarianism was not defeated in Europe until 1989. This book takes seriously the possibility that the antisemitism which survived it may still prove virulent and significant well into the twenty-first century.
— David Hirsh, Lecturer in Sociology, Goldsmiths College, University of London

Table of Contents


Introduction: The Continuity and Change of Antisemitism
Mikael Shainkman

Different Antisemitisms: On Three Distinct Forms of Antisemitism in Contemporary Europe, with a Special Focus on Sweden
Lars Dencik and Karl Marosi

Holocaust Memory and Holocaust Revisionism in Poland and Moldova: A Comparison
Natalia Sineaeva-Pankowska

Honoring the Collaborators: The Ukrainian Case
Irena Cantorovich

The Rise of the Radical Right in Europe and the Jews
Michael Whine

The Worrisome Defiance of the Golden Dawn
Michal Navoth

The Struggle over the International Working Definition of Antisemitism
Dina Porat

Discrimination against Muslims and Antisemitic Views among Young Muslims in Europe
Günther Jikeli

Debates on Islamized Antisemitism in Austria in the Wake of the Israel-Gaza Conflict, 2014
Julia Edthofer

Antisemitism and the Struggle for the “Good” Society: Ambivalent Responses to Antisemitic Attitudes and Ideas in the 2014 Swedish Electoral Race
Kristin Wagrell

Mohamed Omar and the Selective Detection of Non-Nazi Antisemitism
Mathan Ravid

After the Charlie Hebdo Attack: The Line between Freedom of Expression and Hate Speech
Andre Oboler

Online Antisemitic Propaganda and Negationism in the Islamic Republic of Iran: Ahmadinejad and His Enduring Legacy
Liora Hendelman-Baavur

The Nisman Case: Its Impact on the Jewish Community and on National Politics in Argentina
Adrian Gruszniewski and Lidia Lerner

Venezuela’s 2012 Presidential Elections: Introducing Antisemitism into Venezuelan Political Discourse
Lidia Lerner

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