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Anti-Semitism In The Peculiar Context Of Eastern Europe, David Ost Mar 2009

Anti-Semitism In The Peculiar Context Of Eastern Europe, David Ost

Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

Theorists of the "new anti-Semitism" argue that anti-Semitism expresses itself today not as hostility towards Jews but as hostility towards Israel. They argue that this new approach makes anti-Semitism more dangerous than ever before, since it renders it harder to spot, harder to denounce, and easier for proponents to deny. This essay takes issue with this approach, both by pointing to its logical inconsistencies and by bringing in the example of Eastern Europe, where anti-Semitism has often coincided not with anti-Zionism but with pro-Zionism. It then offers an interpretation of contemporary anti-Semitism as connected to economic insecurity, and proposes the ...