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.

Qu’est-ce qu’une caricature antisémite ? Essai d’explication historique et politique

I. Caricature, antisémitisme, antisionisme: de quoi parle-t-on ? La caricature n’est pas une source documentaire parmi d’autres : dans un monde marqué avant tout par l’image, la caricature est devenue un des moyens de communication les plus populaires et les plus efficaces. Aujourd’hui comme hier, l’opinion publique est davantage conditionnée par l’image -de la caricature à la […]

Antisemitism, Anti-Zionism, Jewish students and failed policies

A new article at The Washington Post by Molly Harris claims that liberal Jewish students are being “actively excluded” from social justice organizations.  Jewish college students will find that those active in BDS are also active in other left-wing groups and “as a Zionist this can be extremely disheartening.”  Her article goes to the heart […]

Resentment, Anxiety and Careerism: Accounting for Antisemitism in the Academy and Among the Intelligentsia

Recently I’ve been professionally involved in surveys of two very different Jewish populations – one of Jewish university students on 55 American campuses and the other of Jewish leaders in 28 European countries. Yet a majority of respondents in both surveys reported great concern about antisemitism. The 2013 Pew Survey revealed that older American Jews […]

The Terror Attack at the Pulse Club in Orlando

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 […]

The Terror Attack in the Tel Aviv Sarona Market

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 […]

Erdogan, the AKP and Antisemitism

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 […]

Antisemitism and anti-Zionism: Same Idea, New Cloak

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 […]

Colombia Unbecoming: Hate Week Comes to Latin America

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 […]

Israel, Jews and the Left

       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 […]

ANTISEMITISM IN POLAND

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 […]