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Antisemitism in the Far-left

Antisemitism in the Far-left

Dr. Dave Rich, Dr. David Hirsh

We now turn to explore a second sphere from which antisemitism emanates today – the Far-left. As can be expected from opposing political ideologies, the way antisemitism is expressed in the contemporary Far-left is different from the way it is expressed in the Far-right.

What perceptions of the Jews exist in the Far-left and what are the roots of these perceptions? How can people in the Left, whose ideology promotes tolerance and equality, hold antisemitic views?


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