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Muslim Anti-Semitism: The View From Prison

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This chapter draws lessons on anti-Semitism from long interviews of Farhad Khosrokhavar with Muslim detainees. There is not one type of anti-Semitism alone amongst Muslims, and a good number of them could not be described as anti-Semitic. In prison, or elsewhere, in order to steer clear of anti-Semitism, Muslims have to dissociate the Palestinian situation from the French situation, the repression of Muslims in Palestine from racism in France, and they have to dissociate the Jews in Israel from the Jews in France. There is nothing surprising about anti-Semitism extending and becoming detached from the Israeli-Palestinian question to become an existential mode of identification, providing young people of immigrant descent with a mythical origin for their difficulties, a global explanation for all the trials which await them in life.

Keywords: anti-Semitism; Farhad Khosrokhavar; Jews dissociation; Muslim detainees



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