Among anti-BDS activists, Britain’s David Hirsh particularly stands out for giving a name to one of the most insidious forms of modern antisemitism: the “Livingstone Formulation,” named for frequent practitioner Ken Livingstone, the former mayor of London.
The phrase describes a rhetorical sleight of hand in which anti-Israel activists claim they are being attacked in bad faith as a result of their criticism of Israel, then make the antisemitic charge that the attack is “part of a common secret plan to silence such ‘criticism.’”
Founder of the anti-BDS group Engage, Hirsh most recently wrote and narrated the documentary "Whitewash," on antisemitism in the Labour party.
Hirsh’s latest book, "Contemporary Left Antisemitism,” was published in August 2017. (Photo credit: Twitter.)