Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Crticizing Israel Anti-Semitic?

This British MP writes in WaPo about rising anti-Semitism in Europe and elsewhere. I can buy that anti-Semitism is bad, but the writer conflates criticism of Israel with hatred of Jews:

“Today there is still denial about the universal ideology of the new anti-Semitism. It has power and reach, and it enters into the soft underbelly of the Western mind-set that does not like Jews or what Israel does to defend its right to exist.”

Maybe I missed the announcement where criticism of Israel was determined to be anti-Semitic. I wish someone would let me know, because I wouldn’t want to be labeled an anti-Semite because I didn’t lump all Jews and the Israeli state into a single category incapable of being unpacked.

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