Left antisemitism

UNDER CONSTRUCTION: resources and readings

On left antisemitism, conspirationism and left-right convergence

Anti-Fascist Forum: My Enemy’s Enemy: essays on globalization, fascism and the struggle against capitalism

Sina Arnold: ‘Who’s controlling Wall Street?’ – Perspectives on Antisemitism in US Social Movements [View on esa11thconference.eu] / The BDS Movement and Antisemitism in the United States: A Collision of Frames [View on pearsinstitute.bbk.ac.uk] / The Limits of Social Protest: ‘Occupy Wall Street’ and the Discourse on Antisemitism [View on taispconference.wordpress.com] / Responding to the Crisis: ‘Occupy Wall Street’ and the Discourse on Antisemitism [View on europeansociology.org] / Diverging Logics of Diversity: Perspectives on antisemitism and racism among left-wing activists in the United States

August Bebel: England and Germany. Justice 1907

August Bebel: Features of the Electoral Battle 1903

Chip Berlet: ZOG Ate My Brains (2004)

Michael Berkowitz: Re-Presenting Zionism as the Apex of Global Conspiracy” (from The Crime of My Very Existence: Nazism and the Myth of Jewish Criminality. University of California Press. 2007)

Janet Biehl and Peter Staudenmaier: Ecofascism :Lessons from The German Experience

David Cesarani: The Left and the Jews/The Jews and the Left

Nick Cohen: How the left turned against the Jews (2012)

Anthony Clavane: The radicalism of fools: the rise of the new anti-Semitism New Statesman (2014)

Steve Cohen: That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Antisemitic. 1984.

Tilman Fichter: The anti-Semitism of the 68ers. (About the bomb planted in Berlin’s Jewish Community Centre in 1969).

Robert Fine: ‘Fighting with Phantoms: Contribution to the Debate on Antisemitism in Europe’, Patterns of Prejudice (2009)

David James Fisher: Zum psychoanalytischen Verständnis von Faschismus und Antisemitismus / Towards a Psychoanalytic Understanding of Fascism and Anti-Semitism (2003)

Mark Gardner, “The Zionists Are Our Misfortune: On the (Not So) New Antisemitism” (PDF) (2007)

Stephan Gregat: To know the worst: Anti-Semitism and the failure of the Left on Iran (2012)

Eve Garrard: The Warsaw ghetto comparison. (2007)

Ben Gidley: The Politics of Defining Racism: The Case of Anti-Semitism in the University and College Union (2011) / The Left, Social Theory, and Terror (2010) / Israel and the British Left (2010) / The Last Resistance (2008)

Chris Harman: A conspiracy theory that weakens the movement (2006)

Thomas Haury: The Logic of German Anti-Zionism.

Thomas Haury: Anti-semitism on the Left.

James Heartfield: The new socialism of fools?

Jeffrey Herf: An Age of Murder, Ideology and Terror in Germany [Telos 144, Fall 2008, 8–37]

Jeffrey Herf: Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism in Historical Perspective: Convergence and Divergence.

Jeffrey Herf: East German Communists and the Jewish Question: The Case of Paul Merker Journal of Contemporary History, Vol. 29, No. 4 (Oct., 1994), pp. 627-661

David Hirsh: Anti Zionism and Anti-Semitism: Cosmopolitan Reflections (2007) /On Studies on Jewish left anti-Zionism. Fathom Journal (2014) /  Hostility to Israel and Antisemitism: Toward a Sociological Approach. Journal for the Study of Antisemitism (2013) / Accusations of malicious intent in debates about the Palestine-Israel conflict and about antisemitism The Livingstone Formulation, ‘playing the antisemitism card’ and contesting the boundaries of antiracist discourse. Transversal (2010)

Mick Hume: The Anti-Imperialism of Fools (2002)

Greg Kaza: “Hitler’s Klanarchist” Fifth Estate (1987)

Piotr Kendziorek and August Grabski: The Return of ‘Left Anti-Semitism’ in Poland? (2006)

Alain Kessi: “Millenium Round” of the WTO under fire … from both left and right.

Olaf Kistenmacher: “From ‘Judas’ to ‘Jewish Capital’: Antisemitic Forms of Thought in the German Communist Party (KPD) in the Weimar Republic, 1918-1933

Olaf Kistenmacher: “From ‘Jewish Capital’ to the ‘Jewish-Fascist Legion in Jerusalem’: The Development of Antizionism in the German Communist Party (KPD) in the Weimar Republic, 1925-1933

Naomi Klein: SHARON’S BEST WEAPON: The left must confront anti-Semitism head-on (2002)

Jan Langehein: German neo-Nazis and anti-capitalism.

Claudio Lomnitz and Rafael Sánchez: “United By Hate The uses of anti-Semitism in Chávez’s Venezuela.” Boston Review. July/August 2009. (And their follow-up response to critics: “A Necessary Critique.” Boston Review. August 2009.

Daniel Mang: “Left discourses, antisemitism, racism and gender.” (2002)

Sean MatgamnaAnti-semitism and the left: an open letter to Tony Cliff (1990) / The SWP and Israel (2013) /  With Hitler on the Road to Samara (1991)

Marxist Humanist Initiative: Beware of Left Anti-Semitism (2010)

George Michael: The Ideological Evolution of Horst Mahler: The Far Left-Extreme Right Synthesis.

Lucy Michaels: Fear and loathingThe New Internationalist. (2004)

New Internationalist special issue on Judeophobia (2004). Includes Asma Agbarieh on Arab antisemitism; Lucy Michaels and Adam Ma’anit on experiencing left antisemitism; as well as facts about Judeophobia and a resource list.

Press Office Savanne: Right-Left – A Dangerous Flirt

Radical Archives: Kalle Lasn of Adbusters and “Why Won’t Anyone Say They Are Jewish?” (2004)

Wilhelm Reich: The Mass Psychology Of Fascism.

April Rosenblum: The past didn’t go anywhere – Making Resistance to Antisemitism Part of All of Our Movements.

Jean Paul Sartre: Anti-Semite and Jew: An Exploration of the Etiology of Hate. 1946.

Colin Shindler: The European left and its trouble with Jews (2012)

Colin Shindler: The Left and Israel: A Tortured Path (2012)

Rebeca Siegel: Anti-Zionism is Anti-Semitism: A Response to Judith Butler.

Kjetil Simonsen: Anti-Semitism in the Socialist Tradition.

Steve Silver: The anti-imperialism of fools (2003)

Peter Staudenmaier: The Economics of Race Hatred.

Peter Staudenmaier: The Anarchism of Fools: Conspiracy Theory as a Substitute for Social Critique.

Spencer Sunshine: Nietzsche and the Anarchists (2005)

Spencer Sunshine: Rebranding Fascism: National-AnarchistsPublic Eye. (Winter 2008).

Spencer Sunshine: “The Right Hand of Occupy Wall Street: From Libertarians to Nazis, the Fact and Fiction of Right-Wing Involvement.” (2014)

John D. Swain: “The Russian Jew and The American Negro” (1906)

Terminal 119 collective thessaloniki: Anti-Zionism is Anti-Semitism. (January 2009)

Enzo Traverso: The Aporias of Marxism / Archaism and Modernity

Leon Trotksy: Thermidor and Antisemitism (1937)

Arthur Waskow, Charles Lenchner & Malka Fenyvesi: Jews and the Antiwar Movement (2003)

Michael Werz Anti-Americanism and Ambivalence, Remarks on an Ideology in Historical Tran [Telos 129, Fall-Winter 2004, p75-95]

Ellen Willis: Is There Still a Jewish Question? Why I’m an Anti-Anti-Zionist.

Workers’ Liberty: What is left antisemitism? (2007)


On philo-Islamism, vicarious social patriotism, Third Worldism and the anti-imperialism of fools

Janet Afary The Seductions of Islamism: Revisiting Foucault and the Iranian Revolution

Janet Afary and Kevin B. Anderson Foucault and the Iranian Revolution: Gender and the Seductions of Islamism

Pham Binh: The Anti-Imperialism of Fools and the Syrian Spring (2012) / “The Anti-Imperialism of Fools,” Comment Middle East, July 21, 2012 / “Libya and Syria: When Anti-Imperialism Goes Wrong,” Comment Middle East, July 5, 2012

Loren GoldnerFictitious Capital and Contracted Social Reproduction Today; China and Permanent Revolution (2012) / Notes Toward a Critique of Maoism (2012) / Globalization of Capital, Globalization of Struggle (2012) / Anti-Capitalism or Anti-Imperialism? Interwar Authoritarian and Fascist Sources of A Reactionary Ideology: The Case of the Bolivian MNR (2011) / “Socialism in One Country” Before Stalin, and the Origins of Reactionary “Anti-Imperialism”: The Case of Turkey, 1917-1925 (2009) / Fictitious Capital for Beginners: Imperialism, “Anti-Imperialism,” and the Continuing Relevance of Rosa Luxemburg (2007)

Killing King Abacus “The Continuing Appeal of Nationalism among Anarchists” (n.d.)

Sean Matgamna: The poverty of “anti-imperialism” and today’s left (2010)

Melancholic Troglodytes:

David North and David Walsh: Anti-Americanism: The “anti-imperialism” of fools WSWS (2001)

Wolfgang Pohrt: The Radical Left and National Liberation. (1982).


Towards an anti-nationalist critique

Anarchist Federation: Against Nationalism (2009)

Joachim Bruhn. Who are the Anti-Germans? Interview by Stephen Cheng.  (May 2007) (or as PDF)

Junge Linke. Why Anti-National? Kittens. Issue #1. June 2010.

Fredy Perlman “The Continuing Appeal of Nationalism” (1984)

Paraf-Javal: The Fatherland. 1907

Hans Ryner “Anti-Patriotism” (1934)

Jerzy Sobotta. On nationalism: 
An anti-fascist interventionPlatypus Review, Issue 23, May 2010.


Alternatives to the anti-Zionist narrative

Cafe Critique: Communism, Anti-German Criticism and Israel. (2004)

Hal Draper: How to Defend Israel. (1948).

Simon Erlanger: “The Anti-Germans” – The Pro-Israel German Left.” (Jewish Political Studies Review 21:1-2 (Spring 2009)).

Emma Goldman: On Zionism. Freedom (1938).

Initiative Sozialistisches Forum: Communism and Israel (2010)

Sinistra!Who are the Anti-Germans? Frankfurt. (2007)

Benjamin Weinthal: Letter from Berlin: The anti-anti-Zionists.


Liberal and right-wing critiques

Ben Cohen: The Persistence of Anti-Semitism on the British Left (2004)

Ben Cohen, The Ideological Foundations of the Boycott Campaign Against Israel [PDF]

Michael Ezra: Stalinist Roots of Left-Antisemitism (2011)

Dave Rich, The Barriers Come Down: Antisemitism and Coalitions of Extremes

Michael Totten: The anti-imperialism of fools (2012)

Other collections and resource lists

Workers Liberty left antisemism link list


Paul Bogdanor Left-Wing Anti-Semitism link list

Engage resources

Some links from BobFromBrockley

Political Research Associates resources on antisemitism and the left

2 Responses to “Left antisemitism”

  1. 1 Iakovos Alhadeff

    The neo-nazi Golden Dawn party and why the Greek left does not confront them http://iakovosalhadeff.hubpages.com/hub/Greece-Israel-the-Arab-countries

  1. 1 Antisemitism: Overview & Resources – Ravenwood

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