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Case studies: what is and what isn’t Antisemitism?

Case studies: what is and what isn't Antisemitism?

Prof. Kenneth L. Marcus, Prof. Dina Porat

In order to better understand contemporary antisemitism, let’s begin this lesson by examine several incidents and occurrences, asking ourselves if these should or should not be defined as antisemitic. It is through this examination that we will be able to assess whether we are capable, after this long journey we have taken together, of identifying antisemitism today, as well as bettering our understanding of its complexity.


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  • Laqueur, Walter, The Changing Face of Antisemitism: From Ancient Times to the Present Day (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006).

  • Lewis, Bernard, “The New Anti-Semitism,” The American Scholar, vol. 75, no. 1 (Winter 2006), pp. 25 – 36.

  • Lindemann, Albert and Richard S. Levy, eds., Antisemitism: A History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010).

  • Marcus, L. Kenneth, The Definition of Anti-Semitism (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015).

  • Stauber, Roni, Aviva Halamish, Esther Webman, eds., Holocaust and Antisemitism – Research and Public Discourse: Essays Presented in Honor of Dina Porat (Jeruslaem and Tel-Aviv: Yad Vashem and Tel-Aviv University, 2015).

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