Antisemitism-light: A Worrying Stance and its Jewish Supporters
October 17, 2021, Noon, Eastern Time (US and Canada)
A new pattern of antisemitism has emerged in recent years that is mostly directed against the Jewish state. Many of its bearers are Western left-oriented academics. It employs a softer formulation of Jew-hatred – ‘antisemitism-light’ - that obfuscates its true aims. A worrying fact is the large number of Jewish intellectuals, among them also Israelis, that support that position. Their views and activities reflect a deepening internal confrontation in present-day Jewry that is very much related to Israel and its social and cultural characteristics.
Evyatar Friesel is Professor Emeritus of Modern Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has written on ideological trends in modern Jewish society, Zionism, European Jewish history, American Jewish history, and present-day expressions of antisemitism.