Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism: Representation, Cognition and by Rusi Jaspal

By Rusi Jaspal

Antisemitism and anti-Zionism are advanced, delineable, but inter-related social-psychological phenomena. whereas antisemitism has been defined as an irrational, age-old prejudice, anti-Zionism is frequently represented as a sound reaction to a 'rogue state'. Drawing upon media and visible assets and wealthy interview info from Iran, Britain and Israel, Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism: illustration, Cognition and daily speak examines the techniques of antisemitism and anti-Zionism, tracing their evolution and inter-relations, and contemplating the special ways that they're manifested, and answered to, via Muslim and Jewish groups in Iran, Britain and Israel.Providing insights from social psychology, sociology and background, this interdisciplinary research sheds gentle at the pivotal position of the media, social representations and identification approaches in shaping antisemitism and anti-Zionism. As such, this provocative ebook could be of curiosity to social scientists engaged on antisemitism, race and ethnicity, political sociology and political technology, media reports and center japanese politics.

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2) observes that in Eastern Europe where the local Jewish populations were almost entirely wiped out during the Holocaust, antisemitism has persisted as a “phantom pain syndrome” – no Jews remain but hatred towards them does. e. that the Jews are evil and that they pose a threat) can function as a heuristic tool for explaining the unexplainable – the systematic murder of 6 million Jews. Moreover, the Holocaust appeared to leave a stigma on Jews, since individuals (including many Jews themselves) came to view them as “eternal victims” who attract suffering (Bergen, 2010, p.

The first two components of the system exhibit unequivocally the clout that antisemitism could have when it became a systematic ideology which could be disseminated to the public and when it was legalised and implemented at an institutional level. In Nazi-occupied Europe, its transformation into ideology and its implementation endowed antisemitism with a coherent action orientation, namely the destruction of Jewry. Indeed, as Bergen (2010, p. 201) argues, “power institutionalised Nazi antisemitism and diffused it throughout society in ways that merged its extraordinary force and vehemence with the ordinary, even banal manifestations of everyday life”.

Importantly, antisemitism is implied to have an action orientation in that it is intended to produce particular forms of action, both psychological and social. Fein invokes the desired “goal” among antisemites, namely the distancing, displacement and/or destruction of Jewry. This captures the distinct forms that hostility can take. This hostility can be manifested in a deadly, genocidal manner as exemplified by the Holocaust but also in more benign ways – in the Islamic Republic of Iran, for instance, many Jews feel belittled, marginalised and threatened by both the Iranian government and public because of their Jewishness (Jaspal, 2014b).

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