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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.

Iranian Elections: The Radicals Strike Back

By David Menashri | February 25, 2016 | Flashpoint 17 Tomorrow the Iranian people will simultaneously elect a new Parliament (Majlis) and Council of Experts—assigned to monitor the functioning of the Supreme Leader and to choose a new Supreme Leader when the position becomes vacant. The timing, following the nuclear deal, amidst domestic rifts and growing domestic and external challenges make the elections of unique . . . Read More

Mimesis, Antisemitism, Terror

By Gregory J. Lobo | February 18, 2016 | Flashpoint 16 How can we explain the virulence and brutality—the gratuitous barbarity—of Islamist mass-murder terrorism? More than ideology, more than neurosis, we should consider mimesis, rivalry and mimetic contagion. Some ten days before the attacks in Paris last November, the immortel René Girard died, bringing to an end a long and uniquely productive intellectual career. For decades, . . . Read More

Assessing the New Wave of Judeophobia in France

By Günther Jikeli | February 12, 2016 | Flashpoint 15 Today, few commentators deny the new wave of hatred against Jews in France. Indeed, many increasingly acknowledge that this is a global phenomenon. Assessing antisemitism in France is not only important for an evaluation of the threat for Jewish communities, but for French society in general. Moreover, the French case, in which this new wave . . . Read More

Europe, the Vatican and the Normalization of Antisemitism

By Dr. Charles Asher Small | February 5, 2016 | Flashpoint 14 On Sunday January 17th, 2016 Pope Francis made his first visit as Pontiff to the Great Synagogue in Rome. This was a significant event, the third such visit by a Pontiff to the Great Synagogue. Importantly, it followed on the heels of the October commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, where the Pontiff . . . Read More

Antisemitism in Response to the 2015 Refugee Wave – Case of the Czech Republic

By Zbyněk Tarant, Ph.D. | January 28, 2016 | Flashpoint 13 Despite its strategic location in Central Europe, the Czech Republic remains nearly untouched by the Refugee Wave. In Autumn 2015, when the wave started to culminate in Germany, the Czech Republic had more asylum seekers from Cuba than from Syria. Despite this fact, the Czechs read the news on the Refugee Crisis and the Paris . . . Read More


By Dr. Raz Zimmt | January 21, 2016 | Flashpoint 12 On April 10, the Iranian hardliner website Mashregh News affiliated with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards published an article entitled “Who Are Human History’s Most Bloodthirsty People?” The article was later republished by other websites, including Alef, which is associated with Ahmad Tavakoli, a conservative member of Iranian Parliament (Majlis), former head of its research center, and . . . Read More

Angry Germans, Inept Leaders

By Dr. Wolfgang G. Schwanitz | January 14, 2016 | Flashpoint 11 German topics rarely make it into American cable news. Recently, however, a leading TV show put Chancellor Angela Merkel into the category of “villain of the week.” The reason given: she allowed an invasion of mostly young men from Arab and North African lands into Germany. Assaults during the Cologne New Year’s Eve celebrations seem . . . Read More

The Roots of Anti-Israel Attitudes

By Efraim Inbar | January 6, 2016 | Flashpoint 10 Israel is demonized and singled out by the media and international bodies. Israel is accused of excessive use of force, despite its great efforts to minimize collateral damage, while the massacres by the Assad regime or the heavy collateral damage resulting from Saudi attacks in Yemen are hardly mentioned. The EU decided to mark the . . . Read More

The Great Failure of the Anti-Racist Intellectual Community: Downplaying Contemporary Antisemitism

By Neil J. Kressel | December 31, 2015 | Flashpoint 9 In 2003, a survey of the main sociological and psychological research databases returned no published studies focusing on antisemitism in the Muslim world.[i] Last year, I repeated the study to see whether there had been an upsurge in mainstream social scientific research on the topic. Although a small cadre of writers during the past fifteen . . . Read More

Journalistic Ethics and Mideast Reporting

By Kenneth Lasson | December 23, 2015 | Flashpoint 8 In a world at once increasingly chaotic and interconnected, the news media have come to play unprecedented roles both in covering and influencing fast-moving events. The current violence in Israel is all the more disturbing because of the morally ambiguous coverage it receives in the worldwide press. Although this phenomenon is not new – the . . . Read More
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