The Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Why is antisemitism on the rise?
How dangerous is it?
Why do antisemitic myths persist in the face of
  • better education
  • a higher standard of living
  • a period of greater tolerance?
Why, where there are few or no Jews, do people continue to blame their problems on "the Jews"?
Why are some peoples essentially free from anti-Jewish attitudes?

To try to answer such questions the Videl Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem was established in 1982.

The Cold War ended, the USSR crumbled. Germany reunited. New nations are forming. and yet
antisemitism is alive and flourishing in all its many guises:

  • dual-loyalty accusations
  • religious fanaticism
  • character assassination
  • blood libels
  • street violence
  • cemetery desecrations
  • synagogue graffiti
  • Holocaust denial
Instances abound of the bloody path down which anti-Jewishness can lead.
Our own 20th century has witnessed the most extensive, the most inhuman example of them all.
Until this century, antisemitism was accepted as a given.
Very little was done to correlate historical knowledge with sociological information,
psychological insights with economic and political developments,
subjects essential for any understanding of this phenomenon.

The Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism, SICSA, is international, inter-disciplinary, interfaith, and non-political. It is the only research body engaged in the serious academic study of antisemitism worldwide. Investigating and analyzing trends and influences through the ages, its scholars accumulate and disseminate knowledge essential to any understanding of antisemitism, focusing on relations between Jews and non-Jews, particularly during times of tension and crisis.

Its books, reports and expertise reach the media and political organizations and increasingly provide the information which is essential for intelligent action by all people of good will.

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