PART 3: UNDERSTANDING ANTISEMITISM

 

PART 3: UNDERSTANDING ANTISEMITISM

Jewish Lived Experience of Antisemitism

This video includes many harmful caricatures of Jewish people from different eras. Pause the video on one or more of these images and take a moment to identify some of the ways that stereotypes of Jewish people have been spread through drawings, paintings, and cartoons. Why do you think racial imagery is used as such a powerful method to spread hate?

In a Newsweek article Natan Sharansky explains his 3D test for antisemitism as follows, “If we watch a 3D movie without 3D glasses, we see a blurred, partial picture. But when we put on our 3D glasses everything becomes clear—and when we use the 3D test for anti-Semitism we can easily distinguish between legitimate criticism [of Israel] and anti-Semitism. These 3Ds—demonization, delegitimization and double standards—are the three main tools that anti- Semites employed against Jews throughout history.”

Natan Sharansky: Why BDS Fails My 3D Test on anti-Semitism. Newsweek. September 25, 2019.

As you watch this short video, take a closer look at one of the examples of historic antisemitism. Can you apply the 3Ds to that example? Are Jews being demonized, delegitimized, or are double standards being applied?

How are these 3Ds helpful in assessing whether words, actions, or images are conveying legitimate criticism of the Israeli government policy? How can the 3Ds test be used as a tool to redirect antisemitic bias instead of reinforcing antisemitism?

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