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Conspiracy theories

Conspiracy theories

Dr. Dave Rich

No discussion of contemporary antisemitism can be complete without examining its deeply conspiratorial character. Throughout the course we’ve seen how myths involving Jewish control and power have come to surface again and again, leading, at times, to disastrous results. Let us further examine the place these conspiracy theories hold in contemporary antisemitism.

What place do conspiracy theories hold in the way antisemitism is expressed today?


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