LCSCA’s book of responses to 7 October is published in May. Contributors will share their thoughts with the President’s Special Envoy.

Sunday 25 February at 11:00. Westminster University Lecture Theatre G.03, 4-12 Little Titchfield Street London. W1W 7BY.

The London Centre for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism (LCSCA) published an open call to scholars and writers for initial responses to the 7 October Hamas attack on Israel. We have brought the extraordinary, raw and diverse essays together in three volumes, which are now in production, due to be published in May. The three volumes include:

Responses to 7 October: antisemitic discourse

Responses to 7 October: universities

Responses to 7 October: law and society

Six of the contributors will sum up their thoughts and feelings at this unique event on 25 February as they engage with Ambassador Deborah Lipstadt on the unique circumstances influencing the current rise in antisemitism.

As a professor at Emory University in Atlanta, Deborah Lipstadt wrote a book on Holocaust Denial. In it, she discussed one of the key pushers of the lie that the Holocaust was invented by the Jews in order to boost their own power. David Irving took advantage of Britain’s libel laws and sued her for defamation. Her struggle was long and hard, but, represented by lawyer Anthony Julius, she defended herself successfully. The judgment of the court was scathing against Irving, and it set out the reasons and the evidence that showed Holocaust Denial to be antisemitic conspiracy fantasy. It was through those difficult years that Deborah Lipstadt forged her relationship with London, and it is why she is still so loved and admired in this city.

Now, she is here as the United States Special Envoy to Combat and Monitor Antisemitism, working to understand the effect the events of 7 October on the Jewish community in Britain.

Reserve your ticket to be present at this unique event. Ambassador Lipstadt will be moderating a conversation with:

Rosa Freedman, Professor of Law at Reading University, and a co-editor of the book project.

David Hirsh, Academic Director of LCSCA and Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is the other co-editor of the 7 October anthology.

Yehudis Fletcher, Research Fellow at the University of Kent’s Department of Religious Studies and the cofounder of Nahamu, a think tank countering extremism in the Jewish community.

Philip Spencer, Emeritus Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Kingston University.

Ulf Häussler, Editor-in-Chief of the German Military Law Review and a military lawyer.

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