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.

Campus Antisemitism and Pseudo-Intellectual Complicity

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 […]

Antisemitism As a Gateway to Terrorism

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 […]

Should funding to UNRWA be made conditional upon ending incitement?

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 […]

Auschwitz Violins and the Jewish State

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 […]

Himmler’s Boost for al-Husaini

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 […]

Deconstructing the De-legitimization of Israel: A Sociological Perspective

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. […]

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel, in France 2002 – 2010

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 […]

The Law and the Internet (France – Europe – International Conventions)

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 […]

2016: The Year America Noticed Antisemitism

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 […]

Rotten Christmas Pudding

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 […]