Rejecting Judeo-Christian Privilege: The First Step Towards Semitic Solidarity

As a first step towards Semitic solidarity, I (cautiously) engage with a privilege that is complex, in that it is partially attributed and partially assumed: Judeo-Christian privilege, which has yet to be studied by scholars. I begin by conceptualizing and analyzing Judeo-Christian privilege, which,...

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Published in:Jewish studies quarterly
Main Author: Topolski, Anya 1976-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2020]
In:Jewish studies quarterly
Year: 2020, Volume: 27, Issue: 3, Pages: 298-318
Further subjects:B Shoah
B Religion
B Islamophobia
B Racism
B anti-Semitism
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Summary:As a first step towards Semitic solidarity, I (cautiously) engage with a privilege that is complex, in that it is partially attributed and partially assumed: Judeo-Christian privilege, which has yet to be studied by scholars. I begin by conceptualizing and analyzing Judeo-Christian privilege, which, like all privileges, is both material and ideational. Next, I consider the argument for and against the uniqueness of the Shoah that helped establish Judeo-Christian privilege. I then turn to arguments about anti-Semitism, and specifically its relation to other forms of racism and how these argument support Judeo-Christian privilege. Lastly, I argue against using a rhetoric of uniqueness, because it potentially prevents the identification and challenging of a violent pattern of exclusion that remains present today. Without denying the importance of differences between genocides and forms of racism, I aim to demonstrate how these arguments can be an impediment to solidarity and justice.
ISSN:1868-6788
Contains:Enthalten in: Jewish studies quarterly
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1628/jsq-2020-0020