Since the beginning of the "War on Terror," Israel has become increasingly salient to imperial strategy and ever more aggressive in its policies toward the Palestinians. In this context, a key ideological weapon is the cynical accusation of "anti-Semitism." For historical reasons, this has been deployed most forcefully in France, and Alain Badiou and Eric Hazan caustically demolish the "anti-Semitism is everywhere" allegation, used to bludgeon opponents of the Israeli state and those who stand in solidarity with the banlieue youth. Ivan Segre undertakes a meticulous deconstruction of a rampant "reactionary philo-Semitism" that identifies Jewish interests with the "democratic West." Segre's concern is to uphold a universalist position and to defend Jewish tradition from Zionist ideological distortion.
ALAIN BADIOU teaches philosophy at the Ecole normale superieure and the College international de philosophie in Paris. ERIC HAZAN is the founder of the publisher La Fabrique and the author of several books. IVAN SEGRE is a doctor in philosophy and student of the Talmud who lives in Israel. He is also the author of Qu'appelle-t-on penser Auschwitz?