Monday, September 23, 2013

Tell MAMA's Working Definition of Anti-Muslim Prejudice

This is a guest post by Sarah AB

I am very familiar with the EUMC working definition of antisemitism.  I have defended it on several occasions.  This is not to say it is perfect, or that I could not give or take the odd clause. But I was extremely concerned by the way it was ditched by the UCU – by the terms used to dismiss it and the tone of the discussion around the issue. 

So it was with interest that I read a new working definition, this time of anti-Muslim prejudice.  Although Islamophobia is often casually used as a synonym for anti-Muslim bigotry, the term is somewhat controversial, and Tell MAMA has (as is its usual practice) gone for ‘anti-Muslim prejudice’ instead, reflecting its remit to monitor cases where Muslims face violence, abuse or discrimination.

There is clear evidence of a direct debt to the EUMC working definition of antisemitism. Compare these two passages, for example:

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

From Bob's archive: #Occupy, contested terrain

I have been a very occasional contributor to the website Contested Terrain, which addressed antisemitism and other reactionary forms of thought in the anti-capitalist and anti-globalisation movement, from an emancipatory perspective. Its domain has lapsed and so it is currently residing in the where are they now file - hopefully temporarily. You can see it still at the wonderful, but I am going to re-post some things from it here. In this re-post, I will focus on the Occupy movement, whose second birthday it is right now.