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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.

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

Israel and Europe After Brussels: What Insights Can We Share?

By Col. (res.) Dr. Eran Lerman | April 1, 2016 | Flashpoint 20 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Israel, which unfortunately has had a great deal of experience with terrorist violence, has much to offer Europe in its own confrontation with Islamist terror. Once Europe has internalized the reality that it is fighting a war, Israel can advise it regarding strategies like effective intelligence collection, disruption of enemy money supply, and . . . Read More

Hate Week: Why the "Israeli Apartheid" Canard is Antisemitic

By Gabriel Noah Brahm | March 11, 2016 | Flashpoint 19 It’s back. Every year at this time, some extreme anti-Israel activists invoke the worst terms of abuse they can think of to try to stigmatize the Jewish state. Jewish students on college campuses around the world call it “Hate Week”—for good reason. They feel the sting of potent antisemitic imagery on public display, aggressively deployed . . . Read More

Israeli Apartheid Week in Britain: Why Students' Unions Are Acting Unlawfully

By Lesley Klaff | March 11, 2016 | Flashpoint 18 Israeli Apartheid Week sits within a global social movement, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions or BDS movement, which aims to exclude Israel from the economic, cultural and educational life of the rest of the world. It has been a feature of city and campus life since 2004 when it burst onto the scene with the . . . Read More

Memory, The Jewish Intellectual, and Cartesian Cogito in Amery’s "At the Mind’s Limits"

By Dr. Vivaldi Jean-Marie | March 4, 2016 | Flashpoint 18 Jean Amery, in the first chapter of At the Mind’s Limits, tries to demonstrate that Auschwitz rids the intellect of his western ideals and reduces the intellect to a playful logical framework. And as a playful logical framework, Amery’s account of the intellect resembles the Cartesian Cogito. In order to argue this thesis, I will . . . Read More

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
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