Anti-Semitic Themes and the British Far Left: Some Social-Psychological Observations on Indirect Aspects of the Conspiracy Tradition

  • Michael Billig
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An examination of anti-Semitic themes in the thinking of the contemporary far left cannot proceed without controversy, for the very concept of “anti-Semitism” is itself a matter of intense debate. At the root of this debate lie the relations between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism, and whether, either in practice or in theory, the articulation of an anti-Zionist position collapses into an anti-Semitic one, or whether anti-Zionism is separate from anti-Semitism. The present strategy is not to offer firm definitions of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, in order to separate or link the two concepts by definition, but to see whether anti-Semitic themes emerge in the way that the anti-Zionist position is articulated in sections of the far left in Britain.


Jewish Identity Jewish People Socialist Standard Conspiracy Theory Israeli Government 
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