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European anti-Semites increasingly playing victim in classic ‘perpetrator inversion,’ says expert, by MARC NEUGROSCHEL (TOI via HonestReporting)

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Oct. 5, 2016

The Times of Israel discussed European anti-Semitism with Professor Monika Schwarz-Friesel, who has researched and written extensively on the topic.

A lot of people express concerns that they would not be allowed to criticize Israel without being labeled as anti-Semites…

Yes. And remarkably, in the material that we reviewed, this concern is expressed exclusively by authors of letters that are actually anti-Semitic. None of the authors of the letters that criticized Israel without being anti-Semitic voiced any concerns that they could falsely be accused of Jew-hatred. It is the anti-Semites who actually commit the kind of false accusation which they claim to be a victim of, in order to deny their hatred of Jews. This implies a victim-perpetrator-inversion, which is a historically deep-rooted pattern in the standard repertoire of anti-Semitic constructions. Already in the 19th century anti-Semites accused Jews to use their alleged control over the media to censor and delegitimize anti-Jewish criticism.

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