The Leftist Guide to Fighting Antisemitism That You’ve Been Waiting For


Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) today released a primer for activists on the Left about antisemitism. The 44-page document tackles the existence of antisemitism among both Jews and non-Jews on the Left and the uniqueness of Jewish oppression and its history—plus our current moment when antisemitism is again gaining momentum, and Jewish communities and their allies are reacting and defending.

The primer “is unique in how it addresses the ways in which antisemitism has been used to break apart movements for liberation,” says Julia Salazar of JFREJ. “Our paper highlights how antisemitism is deeply connected to capitalism and white supremacy. And while explaining the ties between these oppressive systems, the paper is also a valuable resource on who Jews actually are, in terms of racial diversity and range of class experiences. This challenges many of the myths and false stereotypes about Jewishness that fuel antisemitic ideology.”

2 comments on “The Leftist Guide to Fighting Antisemitism That You’ve Been Waiting For

  1. Daniela on

    “The paper dissects the covert nature of antisemitism, the reluctance to see it, and the fact that this hesitancy results in our unconscious or even deliberate erasure of Jews of Color, Jews from Arab countries, and Jews from various socioeconomic backgrounds. (You can find a brief, yet comprehensive, Jewish history in the report, along with an examination of the complicated relationship between Jews and whiteness.)”

    It’s literally referring to what you just said though

    Moreover, intersectionality is actually not a concept created to exclude Jews. It was originally created to include women of color in the fight for feminist rights and grew to include people of all backgrounds in the fight for civil rights, economic justice, and environmental justice. When someone says they are intersectional, but exclude an ethnic/ religious group (such as the case you mentioned above and various women’s marches), they are no longer intersectional because they failed at being inclusive. It is 100% ok to call out these groups on their hypocrisy because they claim to be intersectional, but are far from it and push the white supremacist agenda further, defeating their own causes.

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