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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.


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

Nazis, Jihadists, and Jew Hatred

By Professor David Patterson | September 30, 2016 | Flashpoint 34 The day before his suicide Adolf Hitler issued a plea to humanity to continue to “resist mercilessly the poisoner of all nations, international Jewry.”[1] Those who have most fervently heeded that call are not the neo-Nazis but the Islamic Jihadists. The association between National Socialism and Islamic Jihadism goes back to Hasan al-Banna’s founding of . . . Read More

Qu’est-ce qu’une caricature antisémite ? Essai d’explication historique et politique

By Joël Kotek | September 16, 2016 | Flashpoint 33 I. Caricature, antisémitisme, antisionisme: de quoi parle-t-on ? La caricature n’est pas une source documentaire parmi d’autres : dans un monde marqué avant tout par l’image, la caricature est devenue un des moyens de communication les plus populaires et les plus efficaces. Aujourd’hui comme hier, l’opinion publique est davantage conditionnée par l’image -de la caricature à la . . . Read More

Antisemitism, Anti-Zionism, Jewish students and failed policies

By Seth J. Frantzman | September 7, 2016 | Flashpoint 32 A new article at The Washington Post by Molly Harris claims that liberal Jewish students are being “actively excluded” from social justice organizations.  Jewish college students will find that those active in BDS are also active in other left-wing groups and “as a Zionist this can be extremely disheartening.”  Her article goes to the heart . . . Read More

Resentment, Anxiety and Careerism: Accounting for Antisemitism in the Academy and Among the Intelligentsia

By Barry A. Kosmin | June 28, 2016 | Flashpoint 31 Recently I’ve been professionally involved in surveys of two very different Jewish populations – one of Jewish university students on 55 American campuses and the other of Jewish leaders in 28 European countries. Yet a majority of respondents in both surveys reported great concern about antisemitism. The 2013 Pew Survey revealed that older American Jews . . . Read More

The Terror Attack at the Pulse Club in Orlando

By Dr. Robert Friedmann | June 15, 2016 | Flashpoint 30 Too many similarities and some differences mark the terror attack in Tel Aviv on June 8 and the terror attack in Orlando on June 12. In Tel Aviv, two cousins inspired by hateful incitement blended into the crowd with a mission to kill as many civilians as possible. They used improvised weapons (Carl Gustav) and . . . Read More

The Terror Attack in the Tel Aviv Sarona Market

By Dr. Robbie Friedmann | June 10, 2016 | Flashpoint 29 By now there is wide coverage in various media outlets of the terror attack in Tel Aviv close to IDF Headquarters.  The Atlanta Journal & Constitution – which did not report on the shooting – reported today on a few reactive measures enacted by Israel. The confusion of the first moments was understandable and initially . . . Read More

Erdogan, the AKP and Antisemitism

By Dr. Simon A. Waldman | June 1, 2016 | Flashpoint 28 Turkey’s 15-20,000 Jewish community is on high alert. Just a few months ago Sky News broke a story that Islamic State, otherwise known as ISIS or ISIL, was planning attacks specifically against Turkey’s Jews. Inevitably, security was heightened, schools were closed and community events were postponed. The alert points to the precarious situation of Turkey’s . . . Read More

Antisemitism and anti-Zionism: Same Idea, New Cloak

By Brig. Gen. (Res.) Yossi Kuperwasser | May 23, 2016 | Flashpoint 27 Comparing antisemitism and Anti-Zionism and showing that the latter is the modern form of the former may be easy if we simply use the US state department 2010 definition of antisemitism that states that “Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism . . . Read More
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