Brian Klug

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Dr. Brian Klug

Brian Klug (* born in London) is British senior research fellow and tutor in philosophy at St. Benet's Hall, Oxford and a member of the philosophy faculty at Oxford University. He is also an honorary fellow of the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations, University of Southampton and fellow of the College, Saint Xavier University, Chicago.

He is associate editor of Patterns of Prejudice, a peer-reviewed journal examining social exclusion and stigmatization,[1] and a founder member of the Jewish Forum for Justice and Human Rights, a UK-based group that addresses racism and anti-Semitism, the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, immigration, and the treatment of asylum seekers.

Klug was one of a number of academics who submitted evidence to the British All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism, which published its report in September 2006.[2] He has criticized the concept of new antisemitism as being "confused" in his 2004 essay "The Myth of the New Anti-Semitism" published in The Nation,[3] and in several other writings.

In February 2007, he was a signatory to the declaration of Independent Jewish Voices, a new Jewish group in the UK, which criticized the Board of Deputies of British Jews for its allegedly unconditional support of Israel.

He is a member of the scientific advisory council of the Islamophobia Studies Yearbook.


  • Being Jewish and Doing Justice: Bringing Argument to Life, London: Vallentine Mitchell, 2011.
  • Offence: The Jewish Case, London: Seagull Books, 2009.
  • co-editor, A Time to Speak Out: Independent Jewish Voices on Israel, Zionism and Jewish Identity, London: Verso, 2008.
  • co-editor, Children as Equals: Exploring the Rights of the Child, Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2002.
  • co-editor, Ethics, Value and Reality: Selected Papers of Aurel Kolnai, London: Athlone Press, 1977.
  • editor, A Question of Degree: Assorted Papers on Assessment, London: Nuffield Foundation, 1976.
  • "Ritual murmur: the undercurrent of protest against religious slaughter of animals in Britain in the 1980s", Patterns of Prejudice, vol. 23, no. 2, 1989.
  • "The language of race", Patterns of Prejudice, vol. 33, no. 3, 1999.
  • "The collective Jew: Israel and the new antisemitism", Patterns of Prejudice, vol. 37, no. 2, 2003, used as a resource by the EUMC in their report Manifestations of Antisemitism in the EU 2002-2003, Vienna, March 2004. See especially pp. 12–13, 225-241.
  • "The myth of the new anti-semitism".The Nation, posted January 15, 2004; February 2, 2004 issue.
  • "Joffe's flight of fantasy", Foreign Policy, March/April 2005.
  • Israel, Antisemitism and the left, Red Pepper, November 24, 2005.
  • "The other Balfour: recalling the 1905 Aliens Act" in S. W. Massil (ed.), The Jewish Year Book, London: Vallentine Mitchell, 2005.
  • with Wistrich, Robert S. "Correspondence between Prof. Robert Wistrich and Brian Klug: When Is Opposition to Israel and Its Policies Anti-Semitic?", International Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, retrieved September 8, 2006.
  • "In search of clarity", Catalyst, March 17, 2006.
  • "A contradiction in 'the new Europe'" in M. Bunzl, Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia: Hatreds Old and New in Europe, Chicago: Prickly Paradigm Press, 2007.
  • "The state of Zionism", The Nation, June 18, 2007 issue.
  • "Die Sicht auf Israel als 'Jude der Welt'" in Bunzl and Senfft (eds.), Zwischen Antisemitismus und Islamophobie, Hamburg: VSA-Verlag, 2008.
  • "Tricks of memory: Auschwitz and the question of Palestinian terrorism" in Stephen Law (ed.), Israel, Palestine and Terror, London: Continuum, 2008.
  • "A plea for distinctions: disentangling anti-Americanism and anti-semitism", Think (Royal Institute of Philosophy), Winter 2008.
  • "A people apart?", Jewish Quarterly, Spring 2011.

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  1. ^ Patterns of Prejudice Archived September 23, 2006, at the Wayback Machine, Taylor and Francis Group, retrieved September 7, 2006.
  2. ^ ""Report of the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Anti-Semitism"" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-06-14. Retrieved 2006-09-07. (430 KiB), September 2006, p.58.
  3. ^ Klug, Brian, The Myth of the New Anti-Semitism, The Nation, February 2, 2004, accessed September 7, 2006.

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