Political and legal judgment : misuses of the Holocaust in the UK

KLAFF, Lesley (2013). Political and legal judgment : misuses of the Holocaust in the UK. Journal for the Study of Antisemitism, 5 (1), 45-58.

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Political debates in the UK concerning the Israel-Palestine conflict frequently use the Holocaust as a means to criticise Israel and "the Jews". They do this by comparing Israel with Nazi Germany or by characterising the Holocaust as a 'moral lesson' for, or a 'moral indictment' of, "the Jews". Those who raise concerns that such expressions of hostility to Israel cross the line into anti-Semitism are frequently told that they are acting in bad faith to deflect criticism of Israel. This moves the debate from legitimate questions about contemporary anti-Semitism to questions about acting dishonestly to defend Israel. As a result contemporary antisemitism is not acknowledged and resisted. The unwillingness to acknowledge contemporary forms of anti-Semitism is linked to an association of the Holocaust with genocidal antisemitism that has been consigned to the 'old' Europe and an associated failure to accept that antisemitism exists at the level of discourse of discourse (indeed, discourse often informs practice or activity). The aim of this paper is to understand why and how the Holocaust informs contemporary manifestations of antisemitism in the UK.

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Additional Information: This article was also published in the peer-reviewed 'International Journal of the Social Research Foundation', Volume 1, Issue 2 (July-December 2013), 1 -15, (ISSN-2321-211X)with the kind permission of the Journal for the Study of Antisemitism. It is also available on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) where it was among the Top Ten most downloaded papers for the period September 2013 - April 2014.
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Law Research Group
Page Range: 45-58
Depositing User: Lesley Klaff
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2015 12:58
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 07:03
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10268

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