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Continuity and Discontinuity

Seymour, D. ORCID: 0000-0001-6736-937X (2019). Continuity and Discontinuity. Journal of Contemporary Antisemitism, 2(2), doi: 10.26613/jca/2.2.30


This paper argues that antizionism must be understood, like the antisemitism that came before it, as an ideology. Here I draw upon Arendt’s definition of ideology as a radical distortion of social and political relations. I draw also upon Fine and Spencer’s understanding of the Jewish question as the antisemitic reaction to Jewish emancipation. I argue that antizionism is a reconfiguration of that reaction in the context of Jews’ modern emancipation in the form of national self-determination in the State of Israel. While that modern reaction, antizionism, displays both continuity and discontinuity with the antisemitism that came before it, it remains a manifestation of the Jewish question.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: Jewish question, Ideology, Antisemitism, Anti-Zionism, Antizionism, Hannah Arendt
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BM Judaism
Departments: The City Law School > Academic Programmes
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