New theses on the “new” antisemitism

Professor Oliver Hidalgo from the Westphalian Wilhelms University of Münster, Dr. Philipp W. Hildmann from the Hanns Seidel Foundation, and Dr. Alexander Yendell from the Research Institute for Social Cohesion at the University of Leipzig presented a theses paper in the series Argumentation Kompakt of the Hanns Seidel Foundation "New theses on the “new” antisemitism" ("Thesen zum „neuen“ Antisemitismus").

The spread of antisemitic attitudes and behavior has once again become alarmingly clear in social awareness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The worrying thing about "everyday" antisemitism is not only that it is increasingly shifting back to the center of society today. Rather, it is noticeable that antisemitic statements and actions are often not recognized by their authors and, in some cases, are even massively disputed.

♦ Is the “new” antisemitism really a more subtle form of hatred of Jews that stands out from the radical enemy images of earlier days?

♦ Is it necessary today to be particularly sensitive in order to capture antisemitism and to combat it effectively - for the fine line between criticism of Israel and antisemitic prejudices, but also for misanthropy, which is only one of numerous expressions in antisemitism?

♦ Are there religious forms of belief that protect against antisemitism when it is proven that substitute religions and authoritarian images of God incite hatred of Jews?

Prof. Dr. Oliver Hidalgo

Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Regensburg and AOR at the Institute for Political Science at the University of Münster

Dr. Philipp W. Hildmann

Head of the Competence Center for Social Cohesion and Intercultural Dialogue, Hanns Seidel Foundation, Munich

Dr. Alexander Yendell

Sociologist and post-doctoral candidate at the Research Institute for Social Cohesion, University of Leipzig