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 Only Urdu Poem on the Holocaust and its Author

In September-October 2009, a Holocaust films retrospective was held in Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, India. The event was significant because of several reasons: it was the first-ever Holocaust films retrospective in South Asia. It ran for fourteen days, during which forty-six films were screened, seen by four thousand people at the two biggest universities in […]

Antisemitism in Portugal

On April 25th, 1974, a military coup overthrew a dictatorship of 40 years and established the first free elections, leading to a democratic regime that effectively started with the 1976 Portuguese Constitution. The coup became known as the Carnation Revolution because of the flowers people gave to the military personnel on that specific day. This […]

Antisemitism at My Door? How I Talked About Hate Crimes with My Children

Antisemitism and hate crimes in general are on the rise in the United States. According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), 2019 witnessed more than 2,100 anti-Jewish acts, including assaults, vandalism, and harassment, marking an increase of 12 percent over the previous year. This is the highest level of antisemitic incidents since ADL began tracking them four decades […]

All You Need to Know About Zionism

The single most significant and positive event in recent Jewish history, rivaling the Exodus from Israel, and the long-ago kingdom of the Jews, was the creation of the state of Israel.  The miracle which has followed its creation has been its survival. The very existence of a Jewish state, topped with the fact that it […]

Where is the Psychology of Antisemitism?

As a newly appointed ISGAP Senior Research Fellow and a psychologist, I was excited to begin exploring and adding to psychological insights in the study of antisemitism that earlier colleagues had discovered, with a particular emphasis on the last three decades. I did a search that I thought would uncover advances in the field beyond: […]

Martin Luther King Jr.: A Legacy Lost?

            Each year, on the third Monday of January, Americans celebrate the life and the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.  It is a day of remembrance and observance, of zakhor and shamor, as it is written in the Hebrew Scriptures that he so frequently invoked.  These are very powerful words.  Zakhor is far more […]

The Jew and the Other in Brussels’ French-speaking Schools

Summary of a 70-page study on the representations of young people in Brussels, and the Other, including the Jew.[1]  In France, it is only fairly recently that the media, and the political and academic world, have come to accept the idea that the anti-Semitism of French people of Arab-Muslim immigrant origin is a real issue, […]

Antisemitism: The Revival of an Ancient Hatred

Numerous watchdog groups, both in the U.S. and abroad, have followed the dramatic rise in antisemitism.  Among them are the Louis Brandeis Center, the Anti-Defamation League, the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), the Amcha Initiative, the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP), Great Britain’s Community […]

Columbia’s BDS Motion Misses the Point About Dialogue

Last week, students at Columbia University passed a resolution calling for boycotting and divesting from Israel. Their motion, sponsored by the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, asserts that any commercial or intellectual connections to Israel “fall under the UN International Convention’ for both the suppression and punishment of the ‘Crime of Apartheid.’” For me, this news […]

Anti-Israel Claims of Ethnic Cleansing Have No Place in a Student Paper – or Anywhere

Last week Columbia University’s students passed a referendum that recommends that the university divests from all financial activities with Israel. According to the student group Columbia University Apartheid Divest (CUAD), this student led directive falls under the United Nations International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid. Jennifer Roskies, in this […]