From Antijudaism to Contemporary Antisemitism: Continuities and Discontinuities. 05.02.2023.

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Source: ICCJ, Anette Adelmann ICCJ General Secretary

As part of its non-public consultation on the topic "Antisemitism: What is in a Definition?" the ICCJ invites to a public webinar taking place on Sunday, February 5, 7 p.m. UTC.

From Antijudaism to Contemporary Antisemitism: Continuities and Discontinuities

Hostility toward Jews is a phenomenon notable for its longevity and durability. While the term “antisemitism” was only coined in the late 19th century, Jews were hated, persecuted, and discriminated against for many centuries before.

A wide variety of reasons were given to justify this animus (e.g., theological, political, racial), often reflecting dramatically different contexts and worldviews. This indicates some of the discontinuities between expressions of hostility toward Jews in diverse settings. However, there are stunning continuities as well, even in these very different settings. This reveals some of the common features of antisemitism and the surprisingly persistent influence of certain ideas.

Join us for a discussion of the complexity of claims of both continuity and discontinuity in hostility toward Jews and how this is relevant in the present, a time when such hostility is increasing.

Speakers:

Dr Adam Gregerman is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Associate Director of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. He is vice-chair of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations (CCJR), the ICCJ member organization in the United States, and book review editor of its journal Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations.

Dr Lev Topor is currently an ISGAP Visiting Scholar at the Woolf Institute where he focuses on Critical Antisemitism Studies, Discrimination and Human Rights, a research programme led by the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP). Lev Topor is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Cyber Law and Policy (CCLP) in the University of Haifa and a former Visiting Research Fellow at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

Moderator: Liliane Apotheker, ICCJ President