Report: Contemporary Progressive Discourse Generates New Strain of Anti-Semitism

Posted on 14 March 2021

By Jewish Press News Desk

A new policy paper by the Reut Institute, commissioned by the Julis Foundation for Multi-Disciplinary Thinking, suggests that a new strain of anti-Semitism is arising within the contemporary progressive discourse. A phenomenon Reut calls “erasive anti-Semitism,” refers to the largely unintended consequence of contemporary progressive discourse, which de-facto negates the rights of Jews individually or collectively to define their own identity, experience, and vulnerability (Erasive Anti-Semitism – A New Threat Arising Within Contemporary Progressive Discourse – Policy Paper – Version A).

Daphna Kaufman, the leading author of the document explains: “Erasive anti-Semitism stems from a conceptual mismatch that fails to capture the historic and lived Jewish experience. Dominant conceptual categories that form bases of progressive worldviews, expressed in prevalent in terminology, guides how societal groups, including Jews, are viewed. Dominant categorizations in this context center on class-based and skin color-based designations, as well as a categorical division between defenders of the status quo versus promoters of a radical upending thereof. Jews, therefore, are cast uniformly as powerful white oppressors.”

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