Plenary Session One
The Devil that will not die: Understanding the new Anti-Semitism
A crisis of anti-Semitism – has enveloped Britain’s Labour Party and poses a serious threat to Jeremy Corbyn’s hopes of ever moving into 10 Downing Street. It is also a resurgent problem in other European countries, such as France, where Jewish cemeteries have been vandalized, businesses daubed with graffiti, and people assaulted in the streets. In the USA, worshippers at a synagogue in Pittsburgh were gunned down in October 2018. Jews throughout Europe and the USA are reporting a growing sense of unease and anxiety about the emergence of what many commentators have described as “the New Anti-Semitism”.
But what exactly is new about today’s form of an ancient hatred? Associated in the past with right-wing extremism, anti-Semitism today is equally likely to come from the left as well as from within some branches of Islam – and even from Muslim members of western legislatures, such as the US Congress. Anti-Semitism is still directed at individual Jews and Jewish communities; but increasingly it is also directed at the existence of the state of Israel itself.
Dr Daniel Pipes
Founder and President, Middle East Forum, publisher Middle East Quarterly Journal, (US)
Director, Free Market Foundation, (Hungary)
Rev Peter Kurti
Senior Research Fellow, Culture, Prosperity & Civil Society Program, CIS
Mr Julian Leeser MP
Liberal Party Member for Berowra