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Need sources on Jewish converts participating in anti-Semitism throughout history

Hi all. I’m looking at Jews who fueled anti-Semitic/anti-Jewish tropes throughout the ages. Marx, with his “On the Jewish Question” is a classic example of Jewish anti-capitalism mixed with explicit anti-Semitism. [1] I’m looking for similar (even if less prominent) figures in other contexts.

I distinctly recall reading about a Catholic Jew that played part in initiating a wave of pogroms and book burnings in the Middle Ages, I believe in France, but I’m not finding it and I’m a little overloaded at the moment.

Similar examples in the Muslim-Jewish, Protestant, 19th/20th century would also be helpful. After all, there is a sense in which atheists like Marx were also converts (to a non-Jewish paradigm of thought).

I’m open to Jewish anti-Zionists as an example of this, but I say this with trepidation. I’m trying to counter arguments that point at major Jewish anti-Zionists to refute the anti-Zionist/anti-Semitic connection by analyzing the history of Jewish anti-Semitism. However, I also want to avoid identification between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. I think it’s a more complicated question, partly because both Jewish identity and anti-Semitism have become so visibly diverse within the same public spheres, partly because there’s just more dynamics at play, partly because it’s harder to analyze the present. I also think that drawing such connections to strongly–as Rabbi Sacks does [2]–fuels the hysteria around the topic even when it’s insightful (as I think Rabbi Sacks’ point is even if it’s very problematic).




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