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The Definition of Anti-Semitism

Kenneth L. Marcus


This book explores, in the context of the new anti-Semitism, the question that has become central to its field of scholarship: What is anti-Semitism? Efforts to define “anti-Semitism” have been complicated by the disreputable origins of the term, the discredited sources of its etymology, the diverse manifestations of the concept, and the contested politics of its applications. Some authors have indeed argued that the task of defining anti-Semitism is so hopeless that the term should be abandoned altogether, but none has provided an acceptable substitute. Nevertheless the task is an important o ... More

Keywords: anti-Semitism, new anti-Semitism, antisemitism, boycott, divestment, and sanctions, BDS, Israel

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199375646
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199375646.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenneth L. Marcus, author
President and General Counsel, the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law