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Dave’s Right.

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David Hirsh’s recent speech at the Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism in Jerusalem is well worth a read, in particular, three points that he makes:

“… In my view the main manifestation of antisemitism in the near future is going to be conspiracy theory.

The contemporary way of doing antisemitic conspiracy theory was given a stamp of professorial legitimacy by John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt in 2006. They created a vocabulary which one could use to express conspiracy theory and which did not seem to be antisemtic.

Conspiracy theory is nearly always, today, articulated using the Livingstone Formulation, which claims that Jews play the antisemitism card in bad faith in order to de-legitimize criticism of Israeli human rights abuses. In this way, anyone who raises a worry about contemporary antisemitism already stands accused of doing so maliciously; and they stand accused of doing so as part of a common plan with others. Livingstone’s formulation also denies the distinction between criticism and demonization.

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27/02/2008 at 01:55

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