The Persistence of Anti-Semitism on the British Left

Publication Date: January 2004

Publisher: Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Author(s): Ben Cohen

Research Area: Culture and religion; Politics

Keywords: Political Behavior; Anti-Israel Sentiment; Antisemitism; Community Relations

Type: Report

Coverage: Great Britain


'New' antisemistism is best understood as the legacy of a historical phenomenon. The article analyzes the historic evolution of leftist antisemitism, concentrating in particular on the motif of delegitimization that marks discussions of Zionism and Israel. It concludes that the organizational alignment of leftist and Islamist organizations, and the ongoing integration of Islamist and leftist attitudes toward Jews, represents a qualitative shift in the nature of leftist antisemitism in Britain.