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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.

The Muslim Brotherhood and the Evolution of Jihadist Antisemitism

By David Patterson | January 17, 2018 | Flashpoint 50 The Muslim Brotherhood has its forerunners: Wahhabism and Salafism, both of which are purist movements designed to purge Islam of all corrupting influences. Wahhabism was founded in 1744 by Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab al-Tamini. Building on its principles, Salafism emerged in the mid-nineteenth century as a collective movement. Salafists, deriving their name from the word . . . Read More

Campus Antisemitism and Pseudo-Intellectual Complicity

By Rachel Hirshfeld | December 11, 2017 | Flashpoint 49 In recent decades, academics promoting pseudo intellectual studies have sought to advance the notion that antisemitism in the contemporary context, and specifically on college and university campuses, is a mere illusion, created by a group of alarmists,”[1] attempting to exaggerate the severity of threats against the Jewish community. Recently, this phenomenon received attention when the . . . Read More

Antisemitism As a Gateway to Terrorism

By Ramy Aziz | November 27, 2017 | Flashpoint 48 Antisemitism is one of the most lethal diseases of hatred that has ever faced humanity; it led to the Holocaust, a horrific and premeditated tragedy of human history, which resulted in the murder of millions of innocent lives and erased thousands of towns and villages from the map. Yet, despite centuries of antisemitism, this genocidal . . . Read More

Should funding to UNRWA be made conditional upon ending incitement?

By Rachel Avraham | November 15, 2017 | Flashpoint 47 A new comprehensive study by the Center for Near East Policy Research and the Israel Resource News Agency, commissioned by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, highlights that there is an unprecedented level of incitement to terror in new Palestinian Authority school books used in UNRWA schools. How should the sixty-eight UNRWA donors react? The Center for . . . Read More

Auschwitz Violins and the Jewish State

By Valerie Greenfeld | May 22, 2017 | Flashpoint 46 The sound of the violin awakens the soul; its cry mirrors the suffering of the Jewish people, and yet it also gives us hope. Much like Hatikva, Israel’s National Anthem, its emotional qualities resonate throughout centuries of suffering that the Jewish neshama (soul) has endured, yearning to return home, to Israel and the hope of . . . Read More

Himmler's Boost for al-Husaini

By Dr. Wolfgang G. Schwanitz | May 9, 2017 | Flashpoint 45 A Re-Discovery of the SS-Leader’s Anti-Balfour Cable to the Grand Mufti In April the National Israeli Library blogged Himmler’s re-discovered telegram to the grand mufti of Jerusalem Amin al-Husaini. Contrary to the comment there that Nazi Germany did not declare its help for the Arab independence, I argue, it did. This cable further recognized the . . . Read More

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
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