Tablet Magazine senior writer Yair Rosenberg explains why President Trump can be seen as both a philosemite and an antisemite. Rosenberg uses examples from Trump’s pre-presidential past, as well as the rhetoric Trump currently uses to address American Jews. As Rosenberg sees it, “Trump believes all the anti-Semitic stereotypes about Jews. But he sees those traits as admirable.”
Rebecca J. Epstein-Levi, Mellon assistant professor of Jewish studies and women’s and gender studies at Vanderbilt University, explains why philosemitism is not good for the Jews, or for anyone else. She argues that philosemitism and antisemitism assume that Jews are intrinsically different from other people in ways that make Jews fundamentally, unalterably “other.”
When antisemitism goes hand-in-hand with philosemitism, February 16, 2011 (Article/Essay), by Keith Kahn-Harris
Sociologist and lecturer Keith Kahn-Harris describes the relationship between antisemitism and philosemitism, and points to the promotion of “good Jews” and “bad Jews” in both left and right-wing politics. Kahn-Harris argues that Jews need to understand and identify philosemitic antisemitism and refuse to play along.
Tablet Magazine senior writer Yair Rosenberg responds to criticism and discussion surrounding his op-ed in the Washington Post: “Trump keeps pushing anti-Semitic stereotypes. But he thinks he’s praising Jews.” Rosenberg restates and refines his argument that even ignorance-rooted philosemitism is better than the negative alternative of antisemitism.