Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism

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Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, based on often interchangeable historic stereotypes, fan the flames of fear and hatred against the "other." Thus Jews and Muslims serve as convenient scapegoats for many of society's ills and leaders' misguided agendas. In the post-9/11 world, the Iraq War, the breakdown of homogeneous societies in Europe, the rise of fundamentalism, and the lack of a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have only served to exacerbate Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.

Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia are breeding hatred and creating more difficulties in the face of any serious effort to solve the Israeli-Palestian conflict. They are threatening to transform it from a political into a religious conflict and thereby cloud the judgment of anyone attempting to resolve it, both in the region and in the broader international arena.

In this context, a group of Israeli and Palestinian scholars and journalists joined together to start the Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics and Culture. Their goal is to clarify the positions of both sides and work toward a solution. By presenting the often clashing views held by the journal's contributors, Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism furthers the debate on these topics in its full complexity, marked at once by sharp differences and considerable common ground.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558764026
  • Publisher: Wiener, Markus Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Pages: 199
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Hillel Schenker is Co-Editor of the Palestine-Israel Journal. A journalist and editor, he is a veteran commentator on Israeli and Israeli-Arab affairs for Israeli and international media.

About Ziad Abu-Zayyad:

Ziad Abu-Zayyadis co-editor of the Palestine Israel Journal. A lawyer and journalist, he was a minister in the Palestinian Authority and a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council

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Table of Contents



Part I: Islamophobia

1. Islamophobia: A New Word for an Old Fear

Abdullah Sajid

2. Islamophobia: Meaning, Manifestations, Causes

Mustafa Abu Sway

3. An East-West Dichotomy: Islamophobia

Eugenio ChahĂșan

Part II: Anti-Semitism

4. The New Anti-Semitism and the Middle East

Dina Porat

5. Western Perceptions of Anti-Semitism in Arab and Islamic Discourse

Alexander Flores

6. Mirror Images: Perceptions and Interest in the Israel/Palestine Conflict

John Bunzl


7. Can the Experience of Diaspora Judaism Serve as a Model for Islam in Today's Multicultural Europe?

Sander Gilman

Part III: Images of the Other

8. Bridging the Unbridgeable: The Holocaust and Al-Nakba

Dan Bar-On and Saliba Sarsar

9. The Anti-Semitism of Hamas

Meir Litvak

10. Fear of the Other

Hanna Biran

11. Through the Squalls of Hate: Arab-Phobic Attitudes among Extreme and Moderate Right in Israel

Sivan Hirschhoeffler and Eran Halperin

12. To the Bone: Reflections on Identity

Farid Abdel-Nour

Part IV: Education and Textbooks

13. Learning All the Wrong Facts

Akiva Eldar

14. Incitement in Israeli and Palestinian Textbooks

Nadia Nasser-Najjab

15. The Arab Image in Hebrew School Textbooks

Daniel Bar-Tal

16. The Politicization of Palestinian Children: An Analysis of Nursery Rhymes

Nafez and Laila Nazzal

17. Schoolbooks in the Making: From Conflict to Peace: A Critical Analysis of the New Palestinian Textbooks for Grades One and Six

Sami Adwan

Part V: Approaches to a Better World

18. Islam and Democracy: Are They Compatible?

Abdelmajid Charfi

19. On Overcoming Anti-Semitism & Islamophobia

Yehuda Stolov

About the Contributors

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