Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism: Representation, Cognition and by Rusi Jaspal

By Rusi Jaspal

Antisemitism and anti-Zionism are advanced, delineable, but inter-related social-psychological phenomena. whereas antisemitism has been defined as an irrational, age-old prejudice, anti-Zionism is frequently represented as a sound reaction to a 'rogue state'. Drawing upon media and visible resources and wealthy interview facts from Iran, Britain and Israel, Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism: illustration, Cognition and daily speak examines the suggestions of antisemitism and anti-Zionism, tracing their evolution and inter-relations, and contemplating the precise ways that they're manifested, and replied to, via Muslim and Jewish groups in Iran, Britain and Israel.Providing insights from social psychology, sociology and heritage, this interdisciplinary research sheds mild at the pivotal position of the media, social representations and identification strategies in shaping antisemitism and anti-Zionism. As such, this provocative ebook might be of curiosity to social scientists engaged on antisemitism, race and ethnicity, political sociology and political technological know-how, media experiences and heart jap politics.

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Echoing Isaac’s (2010) distinction between antisemitism and anti-Judaism, Cunningham (2010, p. 61) argues that hostility towards Jews in early Christianity is better understood as “opposition to Jewish religious tenets and 26 Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism practices” rather than as a racially-based hostility, given that it arose primarily from religious intergroup competition in the Roman Empire. Theologians and other scholars have examined the theological representations from the New Testament which were appropriated by Christians and which gradually came to inform antisemitism in Western Christian civilisation.

Their pseudo-biological ideology, which constructed the Aryans as superior and the Jews as subhuman, essentialised, dehumanised and animalised Jews – this created a perception that the allegedly inferior and subhuman traits were “built” into Jews, rendering futile any attempt to “rehabilitate” them. According to the Nazis, Europe could only be “purified” if the Jews were annihilated in their entirety (Spencer, 2010). 32 Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism What is abundantly clear from the Nazi era (and also from the tsarist regime in Russia) is the destructive force of antisemitism when it is politicised and institutionalised.

The Russian secret police is said to have commissioned the text in order to provide justification for the tsarist regime’s antisemitic policies and practices, which resulted in a series of antiJewish pogroms from 1881 that claimed the lives of thousands of Jews (Perry and Schweitzer, 2002). The Protocols purported to describe a meeting of Jewish elders in an ancient Jewish cemetery in Prague, in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, during which the elders allegedly discussed their aim of global Jewish hegemony.

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