Leftwing Anti-Semitism Must be Delegitimized

One key problem facing the Jewish world is the mainstreaming of leftwing Anti-Semitism. The IHRA definition of Anti-Semitism as widely endorsed by liberal democracies recognizes Anti-Zionism as constituting Anti-Semitism and some Western leaders have condemned BDS, there are however no national leaders outside of Israel speaking out against leftwing Anti-Semitism generally of which BDS of course forms part. It is particularly important that leaders on the left side of the political spectrum speak out against leftwing Anti-Semitism which is gaining increasing acceptance on campus and on social media. 

What we are seeing is something akin to the rise of the Nazis in Germany. It is once more becoming socially acceptable to claim that Jews are oppressors, that Jews are racially alien to the place where they live and that Jews are a racial group involved in efforts to racially dominate non-Jews. These are the Anti-Semitic core claims of the BDS “movement” and of leftwing Anti-Semitism generally about Israeli Jews. And yes Anti-Semitism against Israeli Jews is just as reprehensible as Anti-Semitism against Diaspora Jews. 

However, the most effective way to delegitimize leftwing Anti-Semitism is within the radical left itself and so we must intervene in the very discourses that cause the resurgence of these Anti-Semitic ideas and that is within critical theory itself. We must begin fighting Anti-Semitism in critical theory, through critical theory and by critical theory. This is the place where delegitimization of leftwing Anti-Semitism will be the singularly most effective and will allow the integration of indigenous Zionist concerns into Intersectionality itself as Jews (alongside the Samaritans) are the defamed and reviled indigenous people of the land of Israel as discursively besieged by Arabist colonialists and Islamist imperialists.

Published by Daniella Bartfeld

Daniella Bartfeld is the founding director of the Aliyah Organization

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