"Zionist", "anti-Zionist", "Semitic", and "anti-Semitic" in Middle Eastern and Western discourse

A seminar with Prof. Lutz E. Edzard, University of Oslo.

Just as political and cultural discourse in general, modern Middle Eastern discourse and Western discourse relating to the Middle East is at times characterized by a great deal of hostility, not only between different states or religious denominations, but also state-internally among various ethnic, political, or religious groups. This paper focuses on the use of the attributes “Semitic” and “Zionist”, as well as their negative counterparts “anti-Semitic” and “anti-Zionist”, respectively, in examples of Arab and Israeli, and Western critical to hostile discourse. The focus of the discussion will lie on how the original meanings of these terms, especially in their negated forms, tend to be distorted in engaged political and cultural discourse.
Published Mar. 13, 2013 11:28 AM