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Antisemitism is a complex and, at times, perplexing form of hatred. Some observers refer to it as the "longest hatred". It spans centuries of history, infecting different societies, religious, philosophical and political movements, and even civilizations. In the aftermath of the Holocaust, some have even argued that antisemitism illustrates the limitations of the Enlightenment and modernity itself. The academic study of antisemitism, like prejudice more generally, has a long and impressive intellectual and research history. It remains a topic of ongoing political importance and scholarly engagement. The process of globalization has led to an increase in adversarial identity politics. In this environment, Israel, as a central manifestation of contemporary Jewish identity, and Jews more generally have become the focus of scapegoating and hateful rhetoric. Anti-Judaism is one of the most complex and at times perplexing forms of hatred. The crisis of modernity refers to the crisis of capitalism itself.

Keywords: anti-Judaism; antisemitism; crisis of modernity; globalization; Israel; political movements

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