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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.


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

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
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