Calling Out Jew Hatred
Conspiracy U: A Case Study
By Scott A. Shay (Wicked Son Publishing)
Author Scott A. Shay looks at his own beloved alma mater, Northwestern University, and asks how well-established scholars on the campus could buy into and disseminate conspiracy theories and political propaganda—from Holocaust denial to anti-Zionist rhetoric. Calling these theories “the direct descendants of far left (communist/Soviet) and far right (fascist/Nazi)” ideologies “that should have been discredited long ago for the absurdity of their claims and their murderous legacies,” uses a case study of two specific professors to explore the systemic nature of the biases and offers approaches for redressing them.
Jews Don’t Count: How Identity Politics Failed One Particular Identity
By David Baddiel (TLS Books)
Comedian, writer and British television personality David Baddiel argues that one type of racism—Jew hatred—has been left out of the fight for diversity and racial equality. First published in the United Kingdom to widespread praise, Jews Don’t Count was originally written in response to the antisemitism of Jeremy Corbyn, former head of the Labour Party. In a fast-paced and witty style, Baddiel points out examples of antisemitism creeping into media and pop culture, in both subtle and obvious ways, and “how antisemitism is a racism that often shows itself in codes and tropes and assumptions” and therefore traps and “sneaks past you.”
Antisemitism on the Rise: The 1930s and Today
Edited by Ari Kohen and Gerald J. Steinacher (University of Nebraska Press)
Leading historians, philosophers and theologians compare the rise of antisemitism in the 1930s and 1940s to current disturbing trends, examining how the historical progression of this type of hate has had an impact on modern culture. The book is composed of two collections of essays. Part one looks at the ideology and culture behind Jew hatred in Germany in the mid-20th century. Part two includes reflections on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) against Israel and how to approach Holocaust education in both Jewish day schools and public schools in the United States.
Contending With Antisemitism in a Rapidly Changing Political Climate
Edited by Alvin H. Rosenfeld (Indiana University Press)
In his newest book, Alvin H. Rosenfeld, chair of Jewish studies at Indiana University and founding director of the university’s Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism, collects scholarly essays on antisemitism set against, as he describes in the introduction, “a backdrop of rising nationalism and illiberalism on the right, new forms of intolerance and anti-liberal movements on the left, and militant deeds and demands on the part of political Islam.” Among the topics examined are the application of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHNRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism; the different forms of anti-Jewish sentiment on college campuses; and the impact of this type of hatred in Hungary, Poland and Britain.