conflict & communication online, Vol. 10, No. 1, 2011
ISSN 1618-0747




Florette Cohen, Lee Jussim, Gautam Bhasin & Elizabeth Salib
The Modern Anti-Semitism Israel Model: An empirical relationship between modern anti-Semitism and opposition to Israel

The current paper reviews our program of research that has examined some of the causes and consequences of anti-Semitism in which a new theoretical model of anti-Semitism is presented and tested in six experiments. The model proposes that mortality salience increases anti-Semitism and that anti-Semitism often manifests as hostility towards Israel. In accord with predictions, results show that existential fears lead to higher anti-Semitism and reduced support for Israel. Collectively, these results may serve as a preliminary contribution to explaining the continuation of anti-Semitism.


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On the authors:
Florette Cohen is currently an Assistant Professor at The College of Staten Island, City University New York. She is a social psychologist who received her Ph.D. from the Social Psychology program at Rutgers University-New Brunswick in 2008. Her research interests include Modern Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, the psychology of voting preferences, religious beliefs, international conflict, and interpersonal relations.
Lee Jussim is currently Chair of the Department of Psychology at Rutgers University. He is a social psychologist whose research focuses on understanding relations between social beliefs and social reality, and has published numerous articles and chapters on stereotypes, prejudice, interpersonal expectancies, biases, self-fulfilling prophecies, and accuracy.
Gautam Bhasin is currently as graduate student at Teachers College, Columbia University where he will receive his Masters in Clinical Psychology in May of 2011. His research interests in include: Modern Anti-Semitism, racism, prejudice, eating disorders, mental health in the geriatric population, and the development of stereotyping behaviors in children. He received a Bachelors of Arts in psychology from Rutgers University in 2006.
Elizabeth Salib is a graduate student in the Social Psychology Program at Rutgers University. Her research interests include stereotyping, discrimination, and factors that may increase or decrease discriminatory behavior such as individuating information, prejudice, and personality correlates.

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