only search openDemocracy.net

About Antony Lerman

Antony Lerman is an Honorary Fellow at the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations, Southampton University. He is also a member of the Black-Jewish Forum, a member of the Advisory Committee of the Holocaust Exhibition at the Imperial War Museum and a founding member of the Jewish Forum for Justice and Human Rights and the Independent Jewish Voices steering group. He is the author of The Making and Unmaking of a Zionist: A Personal and Political Journey (Pluto Press 2012). He tweets @tonylerman.

 

Articles by Antony Lerman

This week's editor

Rosemary Belcher-2.jpg

Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The ‘new antisemitism’

There are many Jews who actively sympathise with an anti-racist political vision. But the ‘new antisemitism’ complicates how the organised Jewish ‘community’ could identify with such an enterprise. 

When is symbolism enough? The UK House of Commons vote to recognise the state of Palestine

Changes are occurring in public opinion in the UK and elsewhere in Europe. But shifts are also taking place in Israel. While it suits Netanyahu to witness civilised manoeuvrings around how to keep the two state solution alive, history may be leading somewhere else entirely.

British Zionism, Jews and Gaza

The reaction of British Jews to the offensive in Gaza confirms that Zionism no longer serves as a glue holding most of the community together, whilst the right-wing ideology of the pro-Israel leadership is only intensifying divisions.

Anti-semitism, Israel and Nationalism, Part 3/3

Antony Lerman in conversation with Tony Curzon Price around Lerman's political memoir, The Making and Unmaking of a Zionist - A personal and political journey. Part 3, 25 mins.

Anti-semitism, Israel and nationalism, part 2/3

Antony Lerman in conversation with Tony Curzon Price around Lerman's political memoir, The Making and Unmaking of a Zionist - A personal and political journey. Part 2, 30 mins.

Anti-semitism, Israel and nationalism, part 1/3

Antony Lerman in conversation with Tony Curzon Price around Lerman's political memoir, The Making and Unmaking of a Zionist - A personal and political journey. Part 1, 37 mins.

Günter Grass, antisemitism and the inflation of evil

The Israel factor has politicised the business of assessing antisemitism such that the vitriolic disagreement surrounding it has become about far more than just facts, intelligent judgment and expertise. What does Israel, what does anyone gain from this?

9/11 and the destruction of the shared understanding of antisemitism

The links between the Israeli far right and Islamophobic groups in Europe follow a certain inexorable logic of the post 9/11 world. These alliances, encapsulated as well as encouraged by the redefinition of the "new antisemitism", make it very hard for Israel to overcome the monomaniacal war spirit of 9/11

Israel and the anti-boycott law: the wider implications of popular indifference

The motivation for the law is not primarily to give voice to the sentiments of the Israeli-Jewish majority, although it relies on the existence of those sentiments to achieve its goal - and that is something altogether more far-reaching.

"Racism" or "Racist incident", what's the difference? UCU and the EUMC ‘working definition’ of antisemitism

Is it good to pretend that racism can be identified simply with reference to the victim's perception of racism? The Macpherson report into the conduct of the police in investigating the killing of Stephen Lawrence is being mis-read

Celebrity anti-semitism teaches us very little about the reality of prejudice

Galliano, Sheen, Assange: three unrelated episodes of alleged celebrity antisemitism have been transformed into a story of a general resurgence of prejudice. But does the story stand up to careful examination?
Syndicate content