|Volume 1, Issue 2 (April 2007 / Iyar 5767)
Covenant: A Global Jewish Magazine
1, Issue 2 (April 2007 / Iyar 5767)
the editors, are proud to bring you the second issue of Covenant,
published at the Gloria Center (Center for Global Research in
International Affairs) of the Interdisciplinary Center of Herzliya,
Israel. As in our first issue, published a few months ago, we
aim to bring our readers a gamut of challenging ideas relating
to the issues facing Jews around the world today. If you, the
reader, enjoy Covenant, please sign up as a subscriber right
now, and send it to your friends. This is the best support that
a new journal can receive.
The intellectual ferment of the unfortunately interesting times
we live in means that we often encounter ideas we may not agree
with but must accommodate nevertheless. Thus, the editors may
not necessarily agree with everything published herein, but we
think it important for well thought out ideas to clash and possibly
generate new ideas.
The articles in this issue cover a range of topics: from Jewish
history to a study of twenty-first century antisemitism. All
but two of them deal with Europe in some shape or form. David
Pryce-Jones examines the role of scholarly Orientalism in shaping
a French foreign policy hostile to Israel, while Shmuel Trigano
discusses the future of the French Jewish community, shaken to
its foundations for the first time since the Holocaust. Thus
two of our articles deal with Jewish issues in France, one of
the most important Jewish communities.
discusses whether there is a connection between British anti-Zionism
and antisemitism; Petra Marquardt-Bigman
reveals the German playwright Gunter Grass’s selective
sincerity about his Nazi associations, expressed in a recent
incident; Milton Shain examines South African antisemitism;
while Rita Simon, a law professor, and Jeffrey Schaler, a psychologist,
give an overview of twenty-first century antisemitic expressions
in Europe. One thus might call this second issue the issue on
antisemitism. Covenant’s style, by the way, calls
for omitting the hyphen and the capital letter in ‘antisemitism’,
to emphasize that the modern version is directed against Jews
rather than against all Semites.
theme addressed in more than one article here is the situation
of Jews in Italy,
presented by two Italian scholars,
Giorgio Israel and Massimo Introvigne. Unfortunately the calumny
of the blood libel has reared its head again due to irresponsible
Jewish scholarship, an issue referred to in Introvigne’s
article on “The Catholic Church and the Blood Libel,” in
which he points out that the popes have consistently condemned
the blood libel over the centuries.
A finely reasoned article by Allan Arkush examines two new books
(one published in the United States, one in Israel) addressing
the issue of difference or diversity within the Jewish weltenschaum,
sounding a cautious note.
We hope to hear from you, our readers, favorably or not, but
above all honestly. We are always looking for interesting and
challenging scholarly contributions on any topic concerning the
Jewish global community today. Our plans are to expand our multilingual
capabilities and we would welcome volunteer translators. We also
hope to become even more topical and interactive.
Subscribe today to Covenant, and send it to a friend!
Barry Rubin and Judith Roumani
- Global Jewish Magazine 2007