part of Paul Klee, Blue Coat, 1940, oil and pigmented wax on paper, 22,5 x 27,6 cm
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”
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”
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 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”
“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””
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”
Fundamental Misunderstandings in the Fight Against Antisemitism I: When do we Take People who Believe in Father Christmas Seriously?
Imagine you are in a conversation with an adult of whom you have no reason to assume that they suffer from some form of learning disability or that they have only recently come out of the total isolation in which they spent their entire previous life, and they set out to convince you that FatherContinue reading “Fundamental Misunderstandings in the Fight Against Antisemitism I: When do we Take People who Believe in Father Christmas Seriously?”
Introducing the “Clinton Chasm” to Help Explain Why Most Exchanges About Antisemitism are Entirely Pointless
Team A and Team B Israel-Related Antisemitism The Clinton Chasm Why Team B has not Developed an Alternative to the IHRA Definition Consequences Team A and Team B Broadly speaking (like all taxonomies, this one too is imperfect and hardly covers all possible cases; yet, like many others, it is nevertheless helpful in allowing usContinue reading “Introducing the “Clinton Chasm” to Help Explain Why Most Exchanges About Antisemitism are Entirely Pointless”
The Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism Tries its Hand at Satire: On “Labour and Antisemitism: A Crisis Misunderstood” by Ben Gidley, Brendan McGeever and David Feldman Distinguishing Between Antisemites and Antisemitism: The IHRA Definition of Antisemitism Impact vs. “Outcomes”: Structural Antisemitism The Cherry on the Satirical Cake: Taking Cherry-Picking to a Whole NewContinue reading “It Wasn’t me, Sir, it Was the Reservoir What Done it”
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