Sunday, 17 August 2014

Anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism: The Italian Case

Boundary 2 is one of the more overtly politicized American literary-critical journals.  Founded in the early 1970s and working initially under the aegis of the left-Heideggerianism of William Spanos, B2 pioneered discussion of, amongst many other topics, postmodernism, critiques of Yale deconstruction, and more recently new variations on the idea of the secular in America.  Disappointingly and in my opinion unwisely, B2 is no longer open to submissions in the conventional academic manner.  However it ploughs its own, often interesting, furrow.  Here's a free article from its website/blog, on Italian anti-Zionism:

Anti-Zionism as Antisemitism: The Case of Italy

an intervention by John Champagne

“In several recent essays and articles on the relationship between Italian Jews in the diaspora and contemporary Israeli political and military actions toward the Palestinians, an interesting series of contradictions emerge. In some instances, critique of the military policies of the state of Israel is equated with antisemitism, even when that critique is proffered by Italian Jews. The argument, presented, for example, by Ugo Volli in his “Zionism: a Word that not Everyone Understands,” is that there is a connection between military and political attacks on Israel…” Continue reading


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