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.
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.