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'Antisemitism' and anti-Jewish hatred: conceptual, political and legal challenges

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)


Publication date2013
Host publicationNew directions in race, ethnicity and crime
EditorsCoretta Phillips, Colin Webster
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780203107287
ISBN (Print)9780415540490
Original languageEnglish


Understanding the motivating impulses behind offenders’ actions in acts of so-called ‘hate crime’ is fundamental to the conceptualisation of ‘hate crime’ and the legislative and criminal justice responses to the problem. In focusing on anti-Jewish incidents as a case study, this chapter unravels the particular harms inflicted by incidents of 'hate crime' against Jews and critically evaluates the appropriateness of labelling such incidents as ‘antisemitic’. Informed by a discussion of evidence of offender motivations in anti-Jewish 'hate crime' the chapter explores the political and legal challenges involved in countering the problem.