Reasoned criticism of Israel and its policies — including regarding the current situation vis-à-vis the Palestinians — is not necessarily a manifestation of antisemitism. Israel can be fairly criticized the way any country can. However, when Israel is tarred with outrageous and false claims, when it is held to a double standard not applied to any other nation, when its legitimacy is questioned, when people call for its destruction — all those clearly are antisemitic in nature. The boundaries are not always clear-cut, though. The articles and video linked below take a deep dive into this important topic.
Quote: “[Anti-Zionism] also focuses on Israel to an obsessive degree: when it’s the only place in the middle east where an Arab woman can vote for who she wants, has full civil rights before the law, and, wearing shorts and a T, can hold hands in the street with her gay partner… you really want to know why even with its faults, it’s seen as the ultimate abuser of human rights… particularly when the next-door neighbours are busy pushing gays off roofs and have constitutions endorsing genocide.”
— Jewish Labour Mole (UK)
Learn more about Anti-Zionism on Wikipedia. ►
Watch “Between Antisemitism and Legitimate Criticism of Israel” [7:35]. ►
Read “Anti-Zionism versus Antisemitism: It’s not that hard.” ►
Read “Is there a difference between accusation against Israel and criticism of Israeli policy?” ►
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