Panel Presentation (continued):
Antisemitism as Jew-Hatred: A Psychohistorical Enigma – Part 3
• Jon Mills: The Spectre of Antisemitism in American Psychoanalysis (30 min)
• Sheila Levi: Antisemitism in Islamist Culture: Prejudices and My Identity (30 min)

Jon Mills: The Spectre of Antisemitism in American Psychoanalysis (30 min)

Abstract: With the adoption of the decolonial turn in social justice activism, antisemitism has become fashionable in American psychoanalysis. Racial identity politics has all but ruined the American Psychoanalytic Association. With the establishment of the Holmes Commission for Racial Equality, it not only accused all American psychoanalytic institutions of being systemically racist based in white supremacy, but it also demonized Jews, which forced its Jewish president to resign in disgust over the Commissions’ support of a Hamas apologist. Dr. Lara Sheehi’s cult of personality has led to the organizational capture of APA’s Division of Psychoanalysis that proudly advocates for the elimination of Israel as a Jewish state due to its so-called “apartheid settler-colonialism” and “genocide” of the Palestinian people despite suffering the worst pogrom since the Holocaust. The field has lost its way by condoning Jew-hatred and the glorification of terror under the delusion of liberation politics. It will now have to face the consequences.

Bio: Jon Mills, PsyD, PhD, ABPP, is a Canadian philosopher, psychoanalyst, and retired clinical psychologist. He is Honorary Professor, Department of Psychosocial & Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex, UK; Faculty in the Postgraduate Programs in Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy, Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology, Adelphi University, USA; Faculty & Supervising Analyst at the New School for Existential Psychoanalysis, USA; and is Emeritus Professor of Psychology & Psychoanalysis at Adler Graduate Professional School, Toronto, Canada where he taught for over 20 years. Recipient of numerous awards for his scholarship, he is the author and/or editor of over 30 books in philosophy, psychoanalysis, psychology, and cultural studies. Dr. Mills is an internationally recognized scholar, teacher, and cultural critic, award winning author who maintains an active writing schedule, and lectures widely worldwide.

Sheila Levi: Antisemitism in Islamist Culture: Prejudices and My Identity (30 min)

Abstract: Antisemitism is viewed as a manifestation of narcissism within specific societal constructs. As a Turkish Jew, a descendant of the Jewish families who have escaped from Spain and Portugal, as well as the pogroms in the Russian empire, raised amidst Islamist rhetoric, I explore the influence of this external environment on my identity. The culture that perpetuates antisemitic sentiments in Islamist circles is also notably sexist. Prejudice against Jews and women in patriarchal societies is undeniable. It boils down to an inability to tolerate both tangible and perceived differences. In this presentation, I will provide examples of “covert” antisemitism unearthed during my psychoanalytic work with a Turkish Muslim analysand, a person of apparently modern demeanor.

Bio: Sheila Levi, MPhil, MSc, MA, is a child, adolescent, and adult psychotherapist and psychoanalyst.  She is a chartered clinical psychologist as well as a member of the International Psychoanalytic Association, British Psychoanalytic Association, Association of Child Psychotherapists, and British Psychological Society.