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Whatever Happened to Antisemitism?: Redefinition and the Myth of the 'Collective Jew'
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Whatever Happened to Antisemitism?: Redefinition and the Myth of the 'Collective Jew' (Hardback)

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Antisemitism is one of the most controversial topics of our time. The public, academics, journalists, activists and Jewish people themselves are divided over its meaning. Antony Lerman shows how this is a result of a 30-year process of redefinition of the word, which identifies Israel, problematically defined as the 'persecuted collective Jew', as its main target.







This political project has taken the notion of the 'new antisemitism' and codified it as the flawed International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's 'working definition' of antisemitism. This text is the glue holding together an international network comprising the Israeli government, pro-Israel advocacy groups, Zionist organisations, Jewish communal defence bodies and sympathetic governments fighting a war against those who would persecute the 'collective Jew'.







Redefinition has had other damaging consequences, including supressing free speech on Palestine/Israel and legitimising Islamophobic right-wing forces. This can only be understood in the context of a geopolitical order uncritically supportive of Israel and a critique of the dominant, apocalyptic discourse of an ever-worsening 'new antisemitism', the war against which, its promoters insist, can only have one outcome: total eradication - an aim that can never be achieved.

Antony Lerman is Senior Fellow at the Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue in Vienna and Honorary Fellow of the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations at Southampton University. He is the author of The Making and Unmaking of a Zionist: A Personal and Political Journey (Pluto, 2012) and editor of Do I Belong? (Pluto, 2017).

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