Module 3: Radical Antizionism, Dr. Joël Kotek, Free University of Brussels (ULB), Brussels, and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris

From ancient blood-libel tropes to modern propaganda, Dr. Joël Kotek will discuss the many forms in which antizionism camouflages itself as a social movement, rather than antisemitism. In this lecture,  extreme antizionism is examined to understand how it is propagated, the ideologies behind it, as well as the question of antisemitism versus antizionism.

Readings for this lecture

  1. La Belgique et ses Juifs: de l’antijudaïsme comme code culturel, à l’antisionisme comme religion civique/Belgium and its Jews: from anti-Judaism as a cultural code, to anti-Zionism as a civic religion, CRIF Studies, 2004. 
  2. La carte postale antisémite: de l’affaire Dreyfus à la Shoah, avec Gérard Silvain/The anti-Semitic postcard: from the Dreyfus affair to the Holocaust, with Gérard Silvain, Paris, Berg, 2005. 
  3. Cartoons and extremism: Israel and the Jews in Contemporary Arab and Western Cartoons. London: Valentine Mitchell, 2008. 
  4. Sara Lipton, Dark Mirror: The Medieval Origins of Anti-Jewish Iconography. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2015. 
  5. David Nirenberg, Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2013. 
  6. Robert Wistrich, The Longest Hatred. New York: Pantheon,1991. 
  7. Gunther Jikeli: European Muslim Antisemitism. Why Young Urban Males Say They Don’t Like Jews. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2015.