Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry

Newsletter on Antisemitism and Racism - May-June 2013

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May-June 2013






From Our Database

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  Australian MPs Sign London Declaration on Combating Antisemitism
  Belgian Party Leader Steps Down "Temporarily" over Antisemitic Statement
  Neighbors' Attack on Belgian Woman Motivated by Antisemitism
  Greek Anti-racism Legislation Shelved
  Antisemitic Graffiti in Venice
  Chilean Humorist Fired for Antisemitic Joke
  DAIA Calls for Cancellation of Argentinean-Iranian Agreement Following Publication of Report on Iranian Terrorist Activity in South America
  Pravda Publishes Palestinian's Blood Libel Accusations against Israel
  Book Defending Romanian Iron Guard Published
  Plans to Unveil Holocaust Memorial Plaque at Dutch School Resumed
  Norwegian Newspaper Published Antisemitic Cartoon
  "Kippa" Walk Held in Malmö
  Australian Greens MP Cancels Invite to Holocaust Denier
  Rabbi Assaulted in Germany
  Theodorakis Speaks Out against Holocaust Denial in Greece

Antisemitic Graffiti on Anglo-Irish Bank

   Jewish Woman Attacked in French Overseas Department
  Polish Antisemitic Party Can Continue Campaigning
  New Egyptian TV Series Portrays the Jews as Scum of Humankind
   Muslim Imams Visit Auschwitz and Holocaust Memorials
  Passover Blood Libel Still Very Much Alive in Egypt
  Arab Commentators Continue to Use The Protocols to Support Criticism of Jews, Zionism and Israel






Alvin H. Rosenfeld, Resurgent Antisemitism - Global Perspectives (Bloomington, 2013).



David Nirenberg, Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition (New York, 2013).

Michel Kichka, Dor Sheni – Dvarim shelo Siparti leAba (Second Generation – Things I did not Tell my Father) (Ben Shemen, 2013).

Efraim Sicher, ed., Race, Color, Identity – Rethinking Discourses about 'Jews' in the Twenty-First Century,  (New York, 2013).
 Ralf Melzer and Sebastian Serafin, eds, Right-Wing Extremism in Europe – Country Analyses Counter-Strategies and Labor-Market Oriented Exit Strategies (Berlin, 2013)


 Book Reviews


Ferenc Laczó, on The Stranger at Hand: Antisemitic Prejudices in Post-Communist Hungary, by András Kovács (Leiden, 2011).


Michael Hawkins, on Hitler and America, by Klaus P. Fischer (Philadelphia, 2011).

Carl Bethke, on Die Formierung des politischen Antisemitismus in den Kronländern Kroatien-Slawonien 1879–1906, by Marija Vulesica (Berlin, 2012).

Stefan Rohdewald, on The Shoah in Ukraine: History, Testimony, Memorialization, edited by Ray Brandon and Wendy Lower (Bloomington, 2010).

Mila Ganeva, on Rage Is the Subtext: Readings in Holocaust Literature and Film, by Susan Derwin (Columbus, 2012).




The Ultra-Right on the Streets with a Pro-Democracy Poster in Their Hands or a Knife in Their Pocket: Xenophobia and Radical Nationalism in Russia, and Efforts to Counteract Them in 2012, SOVA Center, 23 April 2013.

Nothing to be Proud About – Discrimination Against LGBTI People in Ukraine, Amnesty International, May 2013.

Fundamental Rights: Challenges and Achievements in 2012, FRA, June 2013.




Eve Garrard, The Pleasures of Antisemitism, Fathom Journal, 26 April 2013.

Michael Brown, From Philo-Semitism to Anti-Semitism: The Church of Scotland Then and NowTown Hall, 16 May 2013.



Conferences & Workshops

The Future of Holocaust Studies, Southampton & Winchester, 29-31 July 2013.

Summer Research Workshop: The Politics of Repair: Restitution and Reparations in the Wake of the Holocaust, Washington, 2 August 2013.

Der Holocaust - Neue Forschungsergebnisse, Tutzing, 2-5 August 2013.

The “Blood Libel” in History, Politics, Theology and Literature on the Centenary of the Trial of Mendel Beilis, Dartmouth College, summer 2013.

Global Perspectives on the Holocaust - 11th International Holocaust Studies Conference, Middle Tennessee State University, 15-18 October 2013.

Racism, Antisemitism and Socialist Strategy, 1880 – 1917, London, 7-10 November 2013.

Kristallnacht: History, Memorialization, Lessons, Kaliningrad, 14-17 November 2013.

Collaboration in Eastern Europe during World War II and the Holocaust, Vienna, 5-7 December 2013.

Understanding Atrocities: Remembering, Representing, and Teaching Genocide, Mount Royal University, Calgary, 19-21 February 2014


Kantor Center News and Events

  • As part of the Wiener Lecture Series for the 2012-13 academic year, Natalia Skradol lectured, on 22 May,  on "Prohibited Areas and Areas of Prohibitions: The Rhetoric of Closed Areas". On 19 June, the closing session of the Wiener Lecture Series was dedicated to a discussion of the influence of Raoul Hilberg’s The Destruction of the European Jews on the historiography of the Shoah. A full program for the series, coordinated by Dr. Roni Stauber, can be downloaded here.
  • On 25 May Mark Weizman, head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in New York, discussed with the Center's staff the ban of circumcision and Kosher shechita in Europe. 
  • On 27 May David Hirsh, a lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and the founder of Engage, a campaign against academic boycotts of Israel, discussed with the Center's staff the results of the Ronnie Fraser Trial in London and the debate on the Working Definition of Antisemitism.

  • On 28-30 May the Center's staff participated in the 4th International Conference of the Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism, organized by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Center head Prof. Dina Porat and Adv. Talia Naamat co-chaired the Law, Legislation and Enforcement Group.


  • On 30 May the Center sent an abstract of the annual report on antisemitism and the Europe volume of Legislation for Equality to the Special Rapporteur of the Third Commission of the United Nations.
  • On 13 June, as part of the annual interdisciplinary seminar series on "Dilemmas of Identity: European Jews in the 21st Century - Extinct Identities, Formative Identities," Prof. Michael Corinaldi lectured on "The Jewish Identity of Marrano and Other Hidden Jews." The full program for the series, coordinated by Dr. Haim Fireberg, can be downloaded in Hebrew here.
  • On 17 June Prof. Dina Porat, the Center's head, took part in a meeting of the Bavarian Memorial Committee for former concentration camps which took place in Munich, Germany.
  • In June, the second volume of Legislating for Equality – A Multinational Collection of Non-Discrimination Norms, edited by Talia Naamat, Nina Osin and Dina Porat, was published by Brill. The volume is dedicated to the Americas,