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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.


Colombia Unbecoming: Hate Week Comes to Latin America

By Gregory J. Lobo | May 13, 2016 | Flashpoint 26 What is known in English as Israel Apartheid Week (IAW) has made it to Colombia in the form of the Semana contra el Apartheid Israelí. The “week” consisted of a 4 hour session on April, Friday 22, at a public university in Bogotá, featuring Palestinian, South African, Brazilian and Colombian speakers, and a 4 hour . . . Read More

Israel, Jews and the Left

By Paul Hollander | May 5, 2016 | Flashpoint 25        According to a recent New York Times article “protesting Israel has become practically an elective for liberal college students furious about the growth of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, and the ranks of left-wing Jewish groups advocating boycott of Israeli products have swelled.” [1]/        The transformation of the . . . Read More

ANTISEMITISM IN POLAND

By Dr. Aleksandra Gliszczyńska-Grabias | April 28, 2016 | Flashpoint 24 If one compares the scale and manifestations of antisemitism in Poland today with the scale and manifestations of this phenomenon in France, Austria, the Netherlands or some Scandinavian countries, one could argue that Poland ought to be declared a kind of safe-haven for Jews in Europe. Alas, this is not the case since antisemitic posters . . . Read More

Islamist Terrorism and Antisemitism

By Günther Jikeli | April 21, 2016 | Flashpoint 23 Combating Islamist ideology and understanding the Islamism-Antisemitism nexus will be key in the battle against terrorism and antisemitism A review of terrorist acts over the last 15 years shows a sharp rise of Islamist terrorism–[1] that is, terrorist acts justified by an Islamist-Jihadist ideology, the perpetrators’ interpretation of “true” Islam. Most indications suggest that Jihadist . . . Read More

Jews in Post-Communist Russia: A State with Philosemitic Pretensions, a Society with Antisemitic Sentiments

By Dr. Vladimir (Ze'ev) Khanin | April 14, 2016 | Flashpoint 22 What is the government policy today vis-a-vis the still quite substantial Jewish communities in two major post soviet republics, the Russian Federation and Ukraine? Did state antisemitism, once abolished, cause antisemitism to disappear or is there something in the Russian public and political culture which threatens to make antisemitism surface once again? In Poland or . . . Read More

West is West, East is East: The Specific East European Incarnation of Antisemitism

By Dr. Dovid Katz | April 8, 2016 | Flashpoint 21 Note: This op-ed is a partial summary of Dr. Katz’s talk at ISGAP in New York City on 5 April 2016. A PDF of his power point presentation on the evening (©Dovid Katz) is available online. Antisemitism in Western Europe is nowadays overwhelmingly a product of the (far) left. Its practitioners are socially, educationally and demographically . . . Read More

Israel and Europe After Brussels: What Insights Can We Share?

By Col. (res.) Dr. Eran Lerman | April 1, 2016 | Flashpoint 20 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Israel, which unfortunately has had a great deal of experience with terrorist violence, has much to offer Europe in its own confrontation with Islamist terror. Once Europe has internalized the reality that it is fighting a war, Israel can advise it regarding strategies like effective intelligence collection, disruption of enemy money supply, and . . . Read More

Hate Week: Why the "Israeli Apartheid" Canard is Antisemitic

By Gabriel Noah Brahm | March 11, 2016 | Flashpoint 19 It’s back. Every year at this time, some extreme anti-Israel activists invoke the worst terms of abuse they can think of to try to stigmatize the Jewish state. Jewish students on college campuses around the world call it “Hate Week”—for good reason. They feel the sting of potent antisemitic imagery on public display, aggressively deployed . . . Read More

Israeli Apartheid Week in Britain: Why Students' Unions Are Acting Unlawfully

By Lesley Klaff | March 11, 2016 | Flashpoint 18 Israeli Apartheid Week sits within a global social movement, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions or BDS movement, which aims to exclude Israel from the economic, cultural and educational life of the rest of the world. It has been a feature of city and campus life since 2004 when it burst onto the scene with the . . . Read More

Memory, The Jewish Intellectual, and Cartesian Cogito in Amery’s "At the Mind’s Limits"

By Dr. Vivaldi Jean-Marie | March 4, 2016 | Flashpoint 18 Jean Amery, in the first chapter of At the Mind’s Limits, tries to demonstrate that Auschwitz rids the intellect of his western ideals and reduces the intellect to a playful logical framework. And as a playful logical framework, Amery’s account of the intellect resembles the Cartesian Cogito. In order to argue this thesis, I will . . . Read More
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