It seems if you are in one environment and you express views supporting Israel you are accused of being a Zionist exploiter of the Palestinians. Yet if you come to criticise Israel, there are many who call you an anti-Semite. What are you? What am I?
First of all, let us get one thing straight. It is of little concern to me what your “political” views are. My only concern is to ensure your concept of yourself – and to some extent those who view you – is clear and not clouded by the propaganda that proliferates from all sides on this subject.
As authority in this matter I will not use the State of Israel, nor Jewish intellectuals, even the opinions of the Palestinians. Rather I will quote from a paper written by the US Department of State.
I will ignore the more obvious definitions of anti-Semitism. If you hate Jews then you know anti-Semitic is where you stand.
It is in discussing Israel and any relevant conflicts that the problem of cloudy, misleading and often incorrect definitions are thrown about.
What is Anti-Semitism Relative to Israel?
EXAMPLES of the ways in which anti-Semitism manifests itself with regard to the state of Israel, taking into account the overall context could include:
- Using the symbols and images associated with classic anti-Semitism to characterize Israel or Israelis
- Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis
- Blaming Israel for all inter-religious or political tensions
DOUBLE STANDARD FOR ISRAEL:
- Applying double standards by requiring of it a behaviour not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation
- Multilateral organizations only focusing on Israel for peace or human rights investigations
Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, and denying Israel the right to exist
However, criticism of Israel similar to that levelled against any other country cannot be regarded as anti-Semitic.
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