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




Johannes Kopf-Beck
Human rights orientation and modern anti-Semitism

The manifestations of anti-Semitism in Germany have changed since the end of WWII. Whereas in the past German anti-Semitism was overtly racist, today it is characterized more by subtle and latent facets. How are these modern facets, such as secondary anti-Semitism, latent anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic criticism of Israel, related to human rights orientations?
A survey of experts and a pre-study provided the basis for developing the Human Rights Orientation Scale, which includes the four subscales of Endorsement, Application, Restriction and Willingness to engage in human rights activity. In a study of 304 German subjects, data was collected on human rights orientations and facets of modern anti-Semitism.
The present paper introduces the questionnaire, discusses the relevance of the study for determining the relationships between human rights orientations and facets of modern anti-Semitism and summarizes the study's implications for viewing secondary anti-Semitism and prejudicial criticism of Israel as facets of modern anti-Semitism.


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On the author:
Dipl. Psych. Johannes Kopf-Beck studied Psychology, Political Science and Theology at the University of Bamberg (Germany) and the Trinity College Dublin (Ireland). Since November 2010 he is working as a research assistant in the Peace Research Group at the University of Konstanz. His special areas of interest are prejudices, and political attitudes and their connection to social and personality psychology.

Address: University of Konstanz, Department of Psychology. 78457 Konstanz, Germany.