Labour and Antisemitism: a Crisis Misunderstood

  title={Labour and Antisemitism: a Crisis Misunderstood},
  author={Ben Gidley and Brendan Francis McGeever and David B. Feldman},
  journal={The Political Quarterly},
In this article, we argue that Labour’s antisemitism crisis has been misunderstood. We suggest that a more accurate and sophisticated understanding of antisemitism offers a way forward. There are three elements to this claim. First, by drawing on existing data on attitudes towards Jews, we criticise the widespread focus on individual ‘antisemites’, rather than on the broader problem of antisemitism. In turn, we conceive of antisemitism not as a virus or poison, as in so many formulations, but… 

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