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"Progressive" Jewish Thought and the New Anti-Semitism

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Publication Date: January 2006

Publisher(s): American Jewish Committee

Author(s): Alvin H. Rosenfeld; David A. Harris

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Politics (Political ideologies and movements)

Keywords: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict; International Relations; Antisemitism; Political behavior

Type: Report


The author examines the phenomenon of antisemitism and self-hatred among Jews of the radical left, exploring the content of their ideas and how those ideas relate to other ideologies with whom these thinkers are in alliance. The author details how these thinkers move far past criticism of Israeli actions and deep into rejection of the very existence of a Jewish state at all, and even a rejection of Jews as Jews. These Jews, the author argues, are "proud to be ashamed to be Jews."