Contemporary Anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitism and the Middle East: Hard Data about a Hard (But Not Hopeless) Problem

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Anti-Semitism related to Middle East conflicts is a major contemporary issue, but there is relatively little data-driven research about it. This presentation will attempt to fill that gap by analyzing actual empirical findings from survey and other research about the causes, consequences, and possible cures for anti-Semitism related to Middle East problems, especially the Arab-Israeli conflict and Islamic extremism. Reference will be made to public opinion polls, official statements, and related material from the U.S., Europe, and around the Muslim world.

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Israel and Anti-Semitism

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Criticism of Israel need not stem from anti-Semitism nor is one tantamount to the other; nonetheless a growing share is in fact laced with anti-Semitism. One reason is that relentless extreme and unbalanced criticism of Israel has created a hothouse atmosphere in which anti-Semitism is metastasizing. The United Nations General Assembly, for example, has condemned Israel three times more than all other nations combined. British teacher unions have voted academic boycotts of Israeli universities but not those in countries where there is neither academic freedom nor independent labor unions. American church denominations have divested from Israeli companies but not those of countries which allow no freedom of religion and persecute Christians. With the 2014 war in Gaza, Turkey’s President Erdogan accused Israel of “barbarism that surpasses Hitler.” If that is so, then Hitler was the lesser evil. Had he only finished the job the world would have been spared something worse. The logic is plain. If the Jewish state is so evil, can the Jewish people be innocent?

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Has Anti-Semitism Become an Epidemic on American College Campuses?

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Anti-Semitism on American college campuses has been growing in recent years. While the Arab-Israeli Conflict and the BDS movement have been major themes in this rise, they are by no means the only ones. This talk will examine the specific threats that anti-Semitism poses on today’s college campus and will frame them within the context of a resurgent global anti-Semitism.

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