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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 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

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
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