Title Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism
Subtitle The Dynamics of Delegitimization
Author Alvin H. Rosenfeld
ISBN 9780253040022
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 432
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Indiana University Press (Combined Academic Publishers)
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“Beginning with wider perspectives and then narrowing to include national perspectives from Israel, Poland, Germany, South Africa, the Czech Republic, and South Asia, this volume explores the origins that underlie the current reality of antisemitic anti-Zionism, and indeed, it makes the persuasive case that anti-Zionism today is essentially one of the most prominent and pernicious forms of current antisemitism.”

—Mark Weitzman, editor (with Michael Fineberg and Shimon Samuels) of Antisemitism - The Generic Hatred: Essays in Memory of Simon Wiesenthal

“This important volume should be of interest to anyone who thinks seriously about the state of Israel and the extraordinary levels of criticism levelled not just against the policies of particular governments, but against the very idea and existence of the state itself. These criticisms are being voiced with growing insistence and attract considerable attention, uncritical approval, and adherence. This volume offers a very different and much needed set of arguments that persuasively counter much of what passes, particularly in progressive circles, for conventional wisdom.”

—Philip Spencer, author (with Howard Wollman) of Nations and Nationalism: A Reader


How and why have anti-Zionism and antisemitism become so radical and widespread? This timely and important volume argues convincingly that today’s inflamed rhetoric exceeds the boundaries of legitimate criticism of the policies and actions of the state of Israel and conflates anti-Zionism with antisemitism. The contributors give the dynamics of this process full theoretical, political, legal, and educational treatment and demonstrate how these forces operate in formal and informal political spheres as well as domestic and transnational spaces. They offer significant historical and global perspectives of the problem, including how Holocaust memory and meaning have been reconfigured and how a singular and distinct project of delegitimization of the Jewish state and its people has solidified. This intensive but extraordinarily rich contribution to the study of antisemitism stands out for its comprehensive overview of an issue that is very much in the public eye.


Introduction / Alvin H. Rosenfeld

Part I. Ideological and Theoretical Sources and Implications

Chapter 1. The New Replacement Theory: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, and the Denial of History /
James Wald

Chapter 2. From Wilhelm Marr to Mavi Marmara: Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism as Forms of Anti-Jewish Action / Thorsten Fuchshuber

Chapter 3. Social Criticism and the “Jewish Problem” / Balázs Berkovits

Chapter 4. New Challenges in Feminism: Intersectionality, Critical Theory, and Anti-Zionism / Karin Stögner

Part II. University, Legal, and Historical Frameworks

Chapter 5. The Role of International Legal and Justice Discourse in Promoting the New Antisemitism /
Gerald M. Steinberg and Anne Herzberg

Chapter 6. Leaving the Post-Holocaust Period: The Effects of Anti-Israel Attitudes on Perceptions of the Holocaust / Catherine D. Chatterley

Chapter 7. Antisemitism in the Guise of Anti-Nazism: Holocaust Inversion in the United Kingdom during Operation Protective Edge / Alan Johnson

Chapter 8. Fraser v. University and College Union: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, and Racializing Discourse / Lesley Klaff

Chapter 9. Conspiracy Pedagogy on Campus: BDS Advocacy, Antisemitism, and Academic Freedom /
Cary Nelson

Part III. Israeli Voices

Chapter 10. “There Was No Uncorrupt Israel”: The Role of Israelis in Delegitimizing Jewish Collective Existence / Gil Ribak

Chapter 11. The Appropriation of the Israeli “New Historians” Work by Anti-Zionists / Ilan Greilsammer

Chapter 12. Christian BDS: An Act of Love? / Giovanni Matteo Quer

Part IV. National Contexts

Chapter 13. Configurations of Antisemitism: The Anti-Zionist Campaign in Poland 1968 / Simon Gansinger

Chapter 14. Germany’s Changing Discourse on Jews and Israel / Marc Grimm

Chapter 15. The Roots of Anti-Zionism in South Africa and the Delegitimization of Israel / Milton Shain

Chapter 16. From Donetsk to Tel Aviv: Czech Antisemitic Movements Respond to The Russian-Ukrainian War / Zbynek Tarant

Chapter 17. Muslim Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism in South Asia: A Case Study of Lucknow /  Navras Jaat Aafreedi


About the Editor:

Alvin H. Rosenfeld holds the Irving M. Glazer Chair in Jewish Studies and is Professor of English and Founding Director of the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism at Indiana University Bloomington. He is editor of Deciphering the New Antisemitism and Resurgent Antisemitism: Global Perspectives and author of The End of the Holocaust.

Target Audience:

This important volume should be of interest to anyone who thinks seriously about the state of Israel and the extraordinary levels of criticism levelled not just against the policies of particular governments, but against the very idea and existence of the state itself.


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