By Rusi Jaspal
Antisemitism and anti-Zionism are advanced, delineable, but inter-related social-psychological phenomena. whereas antisemitism has been defined as an irrational, age-old prejudice, anti-Zionism is frequently represented as a valid reaction to a 'rogue state'. Drawing upon media and visible assets and wealthy interview info from Iran, Britain and Israel, Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism: illustration, Cognition and daily speak examines the ideas of antisemitism and anti-Zionism, tracing their evolution and inter-relations, and contemplating the detailed ways that they're manifested, and replied to, by means of Muslim and Jewish groups in Iran, Britain and Israel.Providing insights from social psychology, sociology and historical past, this interdisciplinary research sheds mild at the pivotal position of the media, social representations and identification approaches in shaping antisemitism and anti-Zionism. As such, this provocative publication may be of curiosity to social scientists engaged on antisemitism, race and ethnicity, political sociology and political technology, media reports and heart japanese politics.
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The Middle Ages The blood libel was one such antisemitic representation which gained considerable traction throughout Western Christian civilisation (Dundes, 1991; Laqueur, 2006). In the Middle Ages, Christians began systematically to accuse Jews of the ritual murder of Christian children and cannibalism. This constituted a re-construal of the accusation of cannibalism which had been present in antiquity. This popular belief was made possible by the existing representation in early Christendom of Jews as an immoral and bloodthirsty group of individuals who were collectively responsible for the spilling of Christ’s blood.
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Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism: Representation, Cognition and Everyday Talk by Rusi Jaspal