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Durban Reviewed: The Transformation of Antisemitism in a Cosmopolitanizing Environment

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This chapter discusses antisemitism, in the cosmopolitanizing environment of the UN Durban Review Conference, which took place in Geneva in 2009. Based on the definition of antisemitism, it maps the transformations and continuities of antisemitism at Durban II as compared to traditional antisemitism. Instead of a mere description of the events, the chapter seeks to capture Durban II, the preparatory process, and the surrounding debates as a cosmopolitanizing environment. Antisemitism is a complex of resentments against Jews as well as an ideological explanation of the world and society. A more thorough inspection reveals that the most remarkable turning point in modern antisemitism remains the Shoah and the subsequent establishment of the State of Israel. Antisemitic prejudices are antipluralistic, since they reject the idea of a diverse society. Antisemitism is changing its appearance in response to changing social circumstances, while simultaneously preserving some of its core features.

Keywords: antisemitism; cosmopolitanizing environment; Durban review; Jews



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