Ben Cohen

Ben Cohen, a New York-based writer, has contributed essays on anti-Semitism and related issues to Mosaic and other publications.

The IHRA Definition of Anti-Semitism Needs Updating, Not Replacing

It’s already the best of the several definitions out there. And, by offering yet clearer guidance on the question of Zionism, it could get even stronger.

July 26 2021 12:01AM

In Argentina, France, and Elsewhere in Europe, Attacks on Jews Are Judged by a Separate Yardstick

“This odious bombing was aimed at striking Jews who were going to the synagogue, and it hit innocent French people.”

Aug. 19 2019 12:51AM

Deborah Lipstadt's Taxonomy of the Anti-Semite

The historian’s new book sets out to conduct a clear-sighted tour of 21st-century anti-Semitism, but her vision turns out to be occluded.

March 15 2019 12:01AM

How Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theorists Sustain Their Convictions

As the long life of the Protocols attests, anti-Semitic passions are not just sincere, they’re hard-wired beyond any possibility of disproof by reason.

Dec. 11 2017 12:01AM

Will Anti-Semitism Spread From American Universities to American Culture?

American society is solidly free of the Israel-centered anti-Semitism that dominates its universities. Can that last?

May 12 2015 12:01AM

How Anti-Semitism Became a Social Movement

Anyone can join—even Jews.

Oct. 20 2014 12:01AM