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ISGAP Flashpoint

With a focus on the contemporary context, ISGAP Flashpoint features articles designed to foster public debate about critical issues related to developments in global antisemitism.

Deconstructing the De-legitimization of Israel: A Sociological Perspective

By Luis Fleischman | April 6, 2017 | Flashpoint 44 The new antisemitism is no doubt subtler and more hegemonic than ever before. It is not founded on direct delirious antisemitic attacks, but on intellectual constructions. Its agents are neither violent para-military groups nor monstrous like skin-heads or white supremacists. The target is not Jews per se in the way classic antisemitism has done it. . . . Read More

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel, in France 2002 - 2010

By Marc Knobel | March 27, 2017 | Flashpoint 43 The Palestinian cause is emblematic in more ways than one, mobilizing a multiplicity of solidarities, passions and/or actions. Associations take action to support this cause, as well as maintaining multiple links and contacts among themselves. These groups are essentially on the left or extreme left of the political spectrum and mobilize anti-globalization and alternative issues . . . Read More

The Law and the Internet (France - Europe - International Conventions)

By Marc Knobel | February 10, 2017 | Flashpoint 42 In France and in many European countries in particular, the provisions prohibiting incitement to racial hatred and the dissemination of racist remarks constitute reasonable and necessary restrictions on the right to freedom of speech. Many laws form the framework for combating racism and antisemitism. Furthermore, these countries are concerned with avoiding the trivialization of racist . . . Read More

2016: The Year America Noticed Antisemitism

By Bruce Abramson and Jeff Ballabon | January 24, 2017 | Flashpoint 41 Slandering Trump The 2016 election was notable in more than a few ways. One of them was a heightened focus on the troubling rise of antisemitism in the United States—a phenomenon that has been evident throughout the Western world for at least the entirety of the twenty-first century. In 2016, however, the antisemites opened a . . . Read More

Rotten Christmas Pudding

By Nidra Poller | January 12, 2017 | Flashpoint 40 French version follows the English. UNSC Resolution 2334 stinks to high heaven but don’t count on me to belabor the obvious: the stab-in-the- back American abstention is confirmation of Obama’s real intentions, and the dastardly resolution won’t help the peace process. Pouah! Old news worn to the bone. 2334 is tailored more like an international . . . Read More

Why is Europe turning a blind eye to Islamic occupation?

By Zvi Mazel | December 7, 2016 | Flashpoint 39 In a world beset by terrorism and humanitarian disasters, the international community remains fixated on the State of Israel. The one and only state of the Jewish people, back in their historical homeland, is a beacon of democracy in the Muslim-Arab sphere devoid of human rights, left behind by social and economic progress and subject . . . Read More

Antisemitism in the 21st Century Shtetl

By Professor Dovid Katz | November 22, 2016 | Flashpoint 38 Click here to read full article in pdf format. The words “antisemitism in the shtetl” might evoke recollections of Fiddler on the Roof, a touch of family lore “from the old country” way back when, or for those familiar with modern Yiddish literature, a scene from this or that writer. Baffling as it may sound, however, . . . Read More

Jews, Feudalism and the Magna Carta Mediaeval Myth Management and Modern Mismanagement©

By Yoel Sheridan | November 8, 2016 | Flashpoint 37 “I wish I were in topsy-turvy land, where white is black and black is white, and night is day and day is night” (Unknown but similar to line in “My Dream” a Bab Ballad by W. S. Gilbert in the Operetta Topsyturveydom with music by Alfred Cellier). “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.” . . . Read More

Chaolin: A Senseless Death

By Nidra Poller | October 21, 2016 | Flashpoint 36 French version follows the English. The life of Chaolin Zhang, an unassuming 49 year-old dressmaker and father of two, was stomped out on a sidewalk in Aubervilliers on the 12th of August, for no reason. One assault among so many, nothing out of the ordinary for the thugs that have been targeting Chinese people in the . . . Read More

Butchering History but Not the Jews, the Case of Post-Revolutionary Ukraine

By Samuel Sokol | October 6, 2016 | Flashpoint 35 “Glory to the nation! Death to the enemies!” This chant was heard across Kiev’s central Maidan Square in late 2013 as thousands of Ukrainians massed in protest against the corruption and brutality Viktor Yanukovych, their pro-Russian President. It was a chilling slogan, bearing harsh connotations for those who understood its identification with the Ukrainian nationalist . . . Read More
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