Although criticism of specific Israeli government policies and actions is legitimate — just as rational criticism of any government is legitimate — anti-Israel protests sometimes cross the line into “dog-whistle” antisemitism or out-and-out Jew-hatred. Anti-Israelism and anti-Zionism have become convenient, socially-acceptable covers for many of today’s antisemites. The articles linked below illustrate and explain the connection.
Quote: “There is, of course, nothing antisemitic about advocating for Palestinians to have their own state. However, when protestors chant ‘From the River to the Sea,’ they are rejecting Israel’s right to exist by indicating that the entire land of Israel should be freed from Jews. Calling for the elimination of the Jewish state denies Jews the right to self-determination. This saying is a historic call-to-arms for terrorist groups and their sympathizers, from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) to Hamas.”
Sources: ajc.org (quotation), adl.org, euronews.com
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