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18
Contemporary Left Antisemitism
Date:
Monday, 18 Sep 2017
Time:
12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location:
B-342 Wells Hall
Department:
Asian Studies Center
Event Details:

Antisemitism on the left is difficult to recognize because it does not come dressed in a Nazi uniform and it does not openly proclaim its hatred or fear of Jews. This talk looks at the kind of antisemitism which Dr. David Hirsh, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Goldsmiths University of London, argues is tolerated in apparently democratic spaces: trade unions, churches, left-wing and liberal politics, social gatherings of the chattering classes and the seminars and journals of radical intellectuals. This talk, based on his important new book, Contemporary Left Antisemitism, (Routledge, 2017), analyses how criticism of Israel can mushroom into antisemitism and it looks at struggles over how antisemitism is defined. It focuses on ways in which those who raise the issue of antisemitism are often accused of doing so in bad faith in an attempt to silence or to smear. Dr. Hirsh will be available to sign copies of his book after the lecture. 

Complimentary lunch will be provided by the Jewish Studies Center.