Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism in the Contemporary World by Robert S. Wistrich

By Robert S. Wistrich

With its origins in a convention geared up via the Institute of Jewish Affairs in London, this publication asks if a standard denominator are available among the anti-Semitism that has existed throughout the a while and extra modern different types of anti-Zionism.

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The so-called 'Doctors' Plot' was the culmination of the most brutal antisemitic campaign in Soviet history. Only Stalin's death in March 1953 stopped it from turning into a new wave of blood purges. In an atmosphere 30 Soviet Anti-Zionism: Origins, Forms and Development of Cold War and a hysterical press campaign against enemies from within and without, the accusation that a group of prominent Jewish physicians working as 'agents' of the American Joint Distribution Committee, and directed by 'the infamous Jewish bourgeois nationalist' Solomon Mikhoels, had already murdered several Soviet leaders and were planning further murders, had precisely the public effect that accusations of ritual murder enjoyed in earlier times.

The so-called 'Doctors' Plot' was the culmination of the most brutal antisemitic campaign in Soviet history. Only Stalin's death in March 1953 stopped it from turning into a new wave of blood purges. In an atmosphere 30 Soviet Anti-Zionism: Origins, Forms and Development of Cold War and a hysterical press campaign against enemies from within and without, the accusation that a group of prominent Jewish physicians working as 'agents' of the American Joint Distribution Committee, and directed by 'the infamous Jewish bourgeois nationalist' Solomon Mikhoels, had already murdered several Soviet leaders and were planning further murders, had precisely the public effect that accusations of ritual murder enjoyed in earlier times.

Towards the end of an interview with the head of the KGB in the Moldavian republic, the journalist addressed him as Gavriil Moiseevich, a name and patronymic suggesting Jewish antecedents, rather than by his family name Volkov, a common Russian name. 38 With all such positive characterisations, it is clear that the Jew is considered a good Soviet citizen only in as much as he is primarily Soviet, and willing to restrict his Jewishness to the narrow limits of a history which begins with Shalom Aleichem and does not stray beyond the borders of the Soviet Union.

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