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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Un antisémitisme nouveau? The debate about a 'new antisemitism' in France
Author(s): Peace, Timothy
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Keywords: antisemitism
French Jews
French Muslims
new antisemitism
Issue Date: 2009
Date Deposited: 18-Aug-2015
Citation: Peace T (2009) Un antisémitisme nouveau? The debate about a 'new antisemitism' in France. Patterns of Prejudice, 43 (2), pp. 103-121.
Abstract: Nowhere has the debate about a ‘new antisemitism’ been as fierce and relevant as in France. In recent years this country has witnessed high recorded levels of antisemitism, prompting many commentators to claim the existence of ananti-sémitisme nouveau. Something has indeed changed, at least in terms of the nature, frequency and perpetrators of antisemitic violence in France. Previously connected exclusively to the extreme right, it has now also become associated with a group that is itself a victim of discrimination: ethnic minority youths living in the poor suburbs (banlieues). Peace first discusses and explains the statistics produced by the French watchdog on racism and antisemitism as well as the effects of the Middle East conflict. He then traces the debate on this ‘new antisemitism’ in the French context, contrasting the views of the label's promoters and opponents. He argues that, while antisemitism has undoubtedly evolved, the ‘new’ label is effectively erroneous as it fuses supposedly leftist and ‘Muslim’ antisemitism into one entity when they are not necessarily linked. In addition, he offers vital clarification of the distinction between anti-Zionism and antisemitism along with suggestions for further research.
DOI Link: 10.1080/00313220902793773
Rights: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Patterns of Prejudice on 17/04/2009, available online:

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