Antisemitism is reappearing in disturbing new ways and in unexpected strength. This resurgence is of deep concern to politicians, practitioners of law, the academic community, and to informed citizens everywhere. To address this, a scholarly conference was assembled at the University of Toronto in 2003. Contemporary Antisemitism is the result of that meeting. Editors Derek J. Penslar, Michael R. Marrus, and Janice Gross Stein, and the contributors to this volume address the following questions: is contemporary antisemitism an eerie echo of the past, or is it driven by new combinations of political, economic, and religious forces? How powerful are the anti-Jewish trends that so many have detected? And how should liberal democratic societies respond to this new threat against them? The essays map the terrain of antisemitic thought and practice, make important distinctions between expressions of antisemitism across time and space, and put various strategies of response into critical perspective. With its combination of voices from both scholarship and leadership -- including Chief Justice of Ontario R.
Roy McMurtry and former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney -- and its unique assessment of antisemitism in Canada and the struggle against it, Contemporary Antisemitism offers new perspectives on one of the world's most ancient and diffuse hatreds.
Michael R. Marrus is the Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor Emeritus of Holocaust Studies and the former dean of the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto. Derek J. Penslar is the Samuel Zacks Professor of Jewish History and the director of the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Toronto. Janice Gross Stein is the Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management in the Department of Political Science and Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.
Preface Introduction -Derek J. Penslar Part I: Canadian Leaders on Antisemitism Chapter 1 - Antisemitism: An Enduring Reality - The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney Chapter 2 - Law and Antisemitism - The Hounourable R. Roy Mcmurty Part II: Scholars on Antisemitism, New and Old Chapter 3 - The Changing Dimensions of Contemporary Antisemitism -Morton Weinfeld Chapter 4 -Historical reflections on Contemporary Antisemitism -Steven J. Zipperstein Chapter 5 - Antisemitism in Western Europe Today - Todd M. Endelman Chapter 6 - Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism: A Historical Approach - Derek J. Penslar Chapter 7 - The Nature and Determinants of Arab Attitudes Toward Israel-Mark Tessler