Belgium: BePax offers new resource on anti-Semitism


from BePax

5/1/19 - We have long believed in Europe that the years separating us from the Shoah removed with them the spectre of anti-Semitism in Europe. Yet the last 15 years have been marked by, on the one hand, an increase in anti-Semitic speech, especially visible on the internet, and on the other hand by a return of hate crimes against the Jews. Violence that has not spared Belgium where the attack on the Jewish museum killed four people. How to explain this resurgence? It is to this question that our new book attempts to provide an answer, at least partially.

This book begins with a must when dealing with antisemitism: revisit its history. It is essential to learn to recognise it, to understand the narrative in which it is inscribed and also to perceive its evolutions. Then, as an extension of this history, we review the different stereotypes about Jews which are taught. This is important because for each group targeted by racism, specific characteristics are contiguous. The stereotypes about blacks are not the same as those about Arabs and those about Jews are yet another category. Out of different stereotypes there will be different manifestations of racism and therefore also different discriminations.

In the third part, we will tackle the question of the reality of anti-Semitism in 2018: is it in resurgence? Can we objectify this reality? We will then enter the heart of the subject to know "why this resurgence of anti-Semitism?". The main part of this study will be devoted to the different elements that led to the current situation: emergence of antisemitic figures, the web as playground and anti-system discourse as a matrix. We hope that the reading of this study will shed light on certain reflections, provoke questions and even perhaps contradictions.

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BePax, anti-Semitism, Belgium, racism, discrimination