Contemporary Left Antisemitism – David Hirsh
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 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. It 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. Hostility to Israel has become a signifier of identity, connected to opposition to imperialism, neo-liberalism and global capitalism; the ‘community of the good’ takes on toxic ways of imagining most living Jewish people.
David Hirsh is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. He wrote his PhD at Warwick University on crimes against humanity and international law, and his first book, ‘Law against Genocide: Cosmopolitan trials’ was based on his thesis. David’s new book, out in August 2017, is ‘Contemporary Left Antisemitism’.
06.06.2018 Campus Essen S06 Soo B29