Statement concerning the Journal for the Study of Antisemitism (JSA)
by Dr. Daniel Pipes:
„With regret, I announce my resignation from the advisory board of the Journal for the Study of Antisemitism. I have done so for the following reason:
Clemens Heni, a fellow member of the board, published an article in the first issue of the journal, “Antisemitism as a Specific Phenomenon,” that deals with the Berlin Center for Research on Antisemitism (ZfA). As I wrote to the editors:
I consider his analysis of problems at the Berlin Center for Research on Antisemitism, with a focus on its December 2008 conference, “Concept of the Enemy Muslim–Concept of the Enemy Jew,” important to understand that claims of “Islamophobia” have lead to a downplaying of Muslim antisemitism. I note that others too have criticized that conference, including the Jerusalem Post, Ha’aretz, The Wall Street Journal, Henryk M. Broder, and Matthias Küntzel. More broadly, Heni demonstrates the failure of academia to address the threat of radical Islam.
Although the editors published the article and stood by it, they also indicated that they were “threatened” over this article. The editors protested what they called “mafia-like” tactics but felt they had to succumb to them and remove Heni from the board, at least temporarily.
When I raised this issue with the editors in December 2009, I was informed that, as a new and vulnerable journal, the management felt it had to give into this pressure. I tried to convince the editors to keep Heni on board, even offering to arrange for a substantial grant of money to ease the journal’s financial fears.
My efforts failed and therefore I resigned in protest from the advisory board.
January 11, 2009″
The article by Dr. Clemens Heni can be found here: Wolfgang Benz and the downplaying of antisemitism.