Paper by Dr Claudia Lenz, Head of Research EWC • Published 2013
This paper, held at the conference "Anti - Semitism in the past and the present" in Oslo on February 5th, 2013, investigates into semantics and discursive patterns that indicate a relation to anti-Semitic stereotypes and world views. A special attention is directed towards the mechanisms of secondary anti-Semitism and Israel-related anti-Semitism. Instead of pleading for “objective” indicators for anti-Semitism, however, the author insists on the relevance of broader contexts and existing ambiguities. The papers concludes that the competence to distinguish legitimate criticism from anti-Semitism requires not only knowledge, but skills of critical thinking and a self-reflective attitude in order to escape mechanisms of prejudice and othering.