Professor Richard Landes (BU Dept. of History) will discuss the historical phenomenon of “Jew-hatred,” including the recent revival of medieval conspiracy theories and blood libels. He will focus on the shift of animosity from Jews to Israel, which in the most extreme cases has become an apocalyptic enemy: for Jihadis, the “Dajjal”; for Western anti-Zionists, a secular antichrist. This talk will explore the apocalyptic dimensions of these surprisingly resilient hatreds and suggest some ways to disarm them. Reception to follow.
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Richard Landes is Associate Professor of History at Boston University. His books include “Heaven on Earth: The Varieties of the Millennial Experience” (2011), “The Paranoid Apocalypse: The Protocols of the Elders of Zion a Century Later” (2012), and “The Apocalyptic Year 1000: Studies in the Mutation of European Culture” (2003).
Event Location: Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies
147 Bay State Road, room 202, Boston, Massachusetts, 02215