Unity and Diversity in Contemporary Antisemitism: The Bristol–Sheffield Hallam Colloquium on Contemporary Antisemitism

Unity and Diversity in Contemporary Antisemitism: The Bristol–Sheffield Hallam Colloquium on Contemporary Antisemitism

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Edited by Jonathan G. Campbell and Lesley D. Klaff

Series: Antisemitism Studies
ISBN: 9781618119667 (hardcover)
Pages: approx 280 pp.
Publication Date: Spring 2019

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This book springs from the Bristol–Sheffield Hallam Colloquium on Contemporary Antisemitism at the University of Bristol in September 2015. International experts in Religious Studies, Law, Politics, Sociology, Psychology, and History came together to examine the complexities of contemporary antisemitism. Recent attacks on Jews in European cities have increased awareness of antisemitism and, as this collection shows, such attacks cannot be separated from wider geo-political and ideological factors. One distinct feature of antisemitism today is its demonization of the State of Israel. Older ideas also feature Jews being blamed for all the world’s ills, thought to possess almost supernatural levels of power and wealth, and conspiring to harm the non-Jewish other. These and other ideas forming the background to antisemitism in Europe and North America are unpacked in this book with a view to understanding – and thereby combatting – contemporary antisemitism. A key concern is how unifying features might be isolated amid the diverse manifestations of this oldest of hatreds.


Jonathan G. Campbell was Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies & Judaism at Bristol University until 2017. He has a range of teaching and research experience in Jewish Studies, with recent work focusing on contemporary resurgent antisemitism. He co-organized (with Lesley Klaff) two Bristol–Sheffield Hallam Colloquia on Contemporary Antisemitism in 2015 and 2016. He is particularly interested in the role of Christian traditions in negative attitudes towards Jews, including the growing anti-Israel activism of today’s mainstream churches in Europe and North America.

Lesley D. Klaff is a senior lecturer in law at Sheffield Hallam University and an affiliate professor of law at Haifa University. She is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Contemporary Antisemitism and is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of the Social Research Foundation. She serves on the advisory board of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights under Law and is a member of UK Lawyers for Israel. She has published widely on holocaust inversion, campus antisemitism, and antisemitism in British politics and gave evidence to the 2016 Chakrabarti Inquiry into Antisemitism and Other Forms of Racism in the Labour Party. In 2018 she was included in The Algemeiner's 5th annual "J100" list as one of the top 100 people "positively influencing Jewish life."


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Contributors

Introduction
Jonathan G. Campbell and Lesley D. Klaff

Part 1: Defining Antisemitism

Struggles over the Contemporary Definition of Antisemitism
David Hirsh

Antisemitisms Plural: What is Understood as Antisemitism by Jews in Contemporary Europe
Daniel Staetsky

Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism
Bernard Harrison

Part 2: Responding to Antisemitism

Using S. 26 Equality Act 2010 to Combat Institutional Antisemitism: A Critical Race Perspective on Fraser v University and College Union 2013
Lesley D. Klaff

Evading Terror: the European Union’s Response to Lethal Antisemitism
Amy Elman

Denying the New Antisemitism: the Case of Norman Finkelstein
Alan Johnson

Part 3: Antisemitism and Extremism

Walking a Mile in Asghar Bukhari’s Shoes: Conspiracy Theories, Antisemitism and Extremism
Dave Rich

Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism in British Muslim Communities
Rusi Jaspal

Part 4: The Role of the Intellectuals

Western Intellectual Attitudes toward Antisemitism in the Arab and Muslim World
Matthias Küntzel

A Genealogy of the Radical Tradition of Contemporary Antisemitism
David Seymour

Hannah Arendt’s Jewish Writings: Contemporary Implications
Robert Fine

Index of names and subjects