BDS, Antisemitism, and Class

Alex Joffe
Content Type
Commentary and Analysis
The Begin-Sadat Centre for Strategic Studies (BESA)
Contemporary antisemitism has the ability to graft itself onto a variety of causes and movements. But the social and information environment in the US and Europe is strongly conditioned by virtue-signaling among elites and increasingly among portions of the middle class. Antisemitism, in part through BDS-fueled antipathy toward Israel, is becoming a signal of middle class respectability. At the same time, though left-wing Western elites remain strongly anti-national, the working classes and other parts of the middle class are becoming renationalized. These and other class conflicts will shape antisemitism in the next decades.
Human Rights, Class, BDS, Anti-Semitism, Political Movements
Political Geography
Middle East, Israel, Palestine