BDS, Antisemitism, and Class

Author
Alex Joffe
Content Type
Commentary and Analysis
Institution
The Begin-Sadat Centre for Strategic Studies (BESA)
Abstract
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.
Topic
Human Rights, Class, BDS, Anti-Semitism, Political Movements
Political Geography
Middle East, Israel, Palestine