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”

“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”

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”

It Wasn’t me, Sir, it Was the Reservoir What Done it

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”

Research or Propaganda?

My Seven Favourite Bloopers and Outtakes from the EVZ/Pears Institute study Antisemitism and Immigration in Western Europe Today Framing “Quality Control” Cherry-Picking Statistical Criteria Cannibalizing Your Own Contributors Cherry-Picking Years Antisemitism and the Critique of Israel Cherry-Picking Interpretations Self-Contradiction This text is part of a broader critique of the work of the London-based Pears InstituteContinue reading “Research or Propaganda?”