Why You Should be Highly Alarmed by, and yet Totally Ignore, the Jerusalem Declaration of Antisemitism

So many academic antisemites’ charters have been published in recent years that it is tempting simply to ignore the Jerusalem Declaration of Antisemitism altogether. In this piece, I am going to engage in some massive cakeism by first explaining what the only two purposes of this initiative are and why the publication of the declarationContinue reading “Why You Should be Highly Alarmed by, and yet Totally Ignore, the Jerusalem Declaration of Antisemitism”

UCL, David Miller, Big Issues, Little Issues

Concern about antisemitism in British academia is currently focussed on two principal issues: the decision of its Academic Board to position UCL as an international beacon of antisemitism denial and promotion, and David Miller’s ongoing bizarre antisemitic ranting. The significance of the decision at UCL lies primarily in the fact that the body representing theContinue reading “UCL, David Miller, Big Issues, Little Issues”

Saying Farewell to the Antisemitic Cesspit that is UCL

I first came to UCL in 1998 to study with Jonathan Israel as an intercollegiate student. From 2000 to 2003, having been awarded a Major Graduate School Research Scholarship, I undertook my doctoral research in the Hebrew & Jewish Studies Department. Since 2003, I have held an honorary appointment in Hebrew & Jewish Studies, whereContinue reading “Saying Farewell to the Antisemitic Cesspit that is UCL”

My Final Review Article: Going with the Times. The Changing Face of Historical Scholarship Focusing on East European Jewry

Paul Klee, “Flowers of Sorrow” (1917), pen and ink on paper, mounted, 26 x 18 cm (previously collection Karl Julius Anselmino) When I was invited to write this review essay, I thought this might be one last opportunity to get my critique of the current course of scholarship on antisemitism in under the radar. Given thatContinue reading “My Final Review Article: Going with the Times. The Changing Face of Historical Scholarship Focusing on East European Jewry”

On the Continued Relevance of Jean Améry’s Critique of Leftist Anti-Zionism

Paul Klee, “It will not go in” (1939), chalk on paper on bard(anonymous private owner, Switzerland) This essay was originally written, at very short notice following an invitation late in the day, for an edited volume. I eventually withdrew the piece because I simply could not bear the levels of incompetence displayed by the editorContinue reading “On the Continued Relevance of Jean Améry’s Critique of Leftist Anti-Zionism”

Birkbeck and Pears Foundation Announce Creation of New Research Institute

Paul Klee, “Accident” (1939), paste and oil on paper on card, 68 x 39,5 cm (private Swiss owner) The Pears Institute for the Study of Domestic Violence Against Men and Other Forms of Racism Will Open its Doors in January Birkbeck, University of London, and the Pears Foundation have announced that a new research instituteContinue reading “Birkbeck and Pears Foundation Announce Creation of New Research Institute”

The German GG 5.3 Initiative Wins this Year’s Julius Streicher Prize for Antisemitism Promotion

The prize committee announced on Friday night that this year’s Julius Streicher Prize for the Promotion of Antisemitism is being awarded to the German GG 5.3 Initiative. Explaining its decision, the committee pointed to historical precedent. The significance of antisemitism in Imperial Germany had all too often been underestimated on the grounds that the successContinue reading “The German GG 5.3 Initiative Wins this Year’s Julius Streicher Prize for Antisemitism Promotion”

“Jews must…” On the Hidden Truth Underlying the Fallacious Truism that “Jews must Fight Racism”

“Who can guarantee that a future US administration will not one day feed the Jew to the negro in celebration of a grand day of atonement?” Jean Améry, “Virtuous Antisemitism” (1969) First Argument: Antisemitism is a Form of Racism, therefore Jews have to be Anti-Racists Second Argument: Solidarity Third Argument: It is Morally the RightContinue reading ““Jews must…” On the Hidden Truth Underlying the Fallacious Truism that “Jews must Fight Racism””

Twelve Easy Ways to Distinguish Racism from Antisemitism

Sometimes, when you have been studying a topic for a long while, it can be difficult to see the forest for the trees, and a fresh perspective can be extremely helpful. I just had a friend from outer space staying for a few days. Since the need to maintain physical distancing made her stay aContinue reading “Twelve Easy Ways to Distinguish Racism from Antisemitism”

Back to the 1880s: The “Antiracist” Mass Psychosis Obliterates Everything We’ve Found out About Antisemitism in the Meantime

Though my style of presentation may not always reflect this, I am actually a fairly thoughtful person and do occasionally ask myself whether I might be exaggerating or overstating the case. Once in a while, things don’t turn out as badly as I thought they would. Generally, however, it turns out that I was stillContinue reading “Back to the 1880s: The “Antiracist” Mass Psychosis Obliterates Everything We’ve Found out About Antisemitism in the Meantime”