Powerful “special interest groups,” “control of the media,” and so on. If people stopped talking, maybe this episode in the UK would correct itself in due course. But each utterance only makes matters worse. According to this article in the Daily Telegraph, this FB post was posted at the “We Support Jeremy Corbyn” group. It was was “liked” by more than 2,000 of the group’s followers. Almost 1,000 commented asking for their names to be added to the text. Anti-Semitism has this particular derangement. The letter writers who want to defend Corbyn against anti-Semitism use anti-Semitic figures of speech. The structural derangement in question is a disassociative one in which the brain seems not to understand the words that come out of one’s own mouth.
Our lecture this week is presented by the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies, and is titled “Zionism and Anti-Semitism: Ideologies or Emotions?” Our speaker is Harvard University Visiting Professor of History, Derek Penslar.