The Contemporary Globalization of Political Antisemitism: Three Political Spaces and the Global Mainstreaming of the ‘Jewish Question’ in the Twenty-First Century

Lars Rensmann*

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    is article examines the current globalization of political antisemitism and its e ects on the resurgent normalization of anti-Jewish discourse and politics in a global context. e focus is on three political spaces in which the “Jewish question” has been repoliticized and become a salient feature of political ideology, communication, and mobilization: the global radical right, global Islamism, and the global radical left. Di erent contexts and jus- ti catory discourses notwithstanding, the comparative empirical analysis shows that three interrelated elements of globalized antisemitism feature most prominently across these di erent political spaces: anti-Jewish conspiracy myths, Holocaust denial or relativization; and hatred of Israel. It is argued that the current process of the globalization of political antisemitism has signi cantly contributed to antisemitism’s global presence in all kinds of public spaces as well as the convergence of antisemitic ideology among a variety of di erent actors. Moreover, the globalization of political antisemitism has helped accelerate the dis- semination and social acceptance of anti-Jewish tropes that currently takes shape in broad- er publics, that is: the globalized mainstreaming of antisemitism. e article concludes by discussing some factors favorable to the globalization and normalization of antisemitism and antisemitic politics in the current age.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)83-107
    Number of pages25
    JournalJournal of Contemporary Antisemitism
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2020


    • conspiracy myths
    • globalization
    • Holocaust denial
    • Israel hatred
    • political antisemitism

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