‘Upping the Antis’: addressing the conceptual ambiguities surrounding ‘Antisemitism’

Manuela Consonni*

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The question of antisemitism encompasses a dispute between “eternalists,” who believe in the perpetual continuity of anti-Jewish sentiments throughout history, and “contextualists,” who regard each instance in its own time, place and situation. The essay aims to confront and clarify some of the complexity of the problem by reconsidering the notions of discontinuity versus continuity and by focusing on antisemitism in its relationship to racism and anti-Zionism.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)25-33
Number of pages9
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2022

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  • Anti-Zionism
  • Contexualism
  • Continuity
  • Discontinuity
  • Essentialism
  • Racism


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