Originally posted by Phranny
The anti Israel sentiment that seems to be taking off smells like the antisemitism of yesteryear which apparently was buried but not destroyed. Please take a moment to read this brief article.
First of all, I would again remind the supporters of Israel that many Jews
(including some, like Gideon Levy, in Israel) have expressed various criticisms
of what Israel has done against the Palestinians. I also would add that
some Jews support the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) campaign
against Israel. (If anyone would like to dispute this fact and be willing to
bet a large sum of money, I am ready to accept the challenge and intend
to donate the proceeds to a charity to help the Palestinians.) My point
is that no criticism of Israel should be considered intrinsically anti-Jewish
when some principled thoughtful Jews have made such criticisms themselves.
I could build a strong case in criticizing Israel by quoting only Jewish writers.
Sadly, anti-Jewish bigotry exists. It existed long before the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict. It existed in Christian Europe long before the Nazis. I suspect that
some incidents of anti-Jewish bigotry are the work of neo-Nazis (or other
racists) who are exploiting the current conflict in Gaza as political cover.
The Palestinians or their supporters did not cause the existence of anti-Jewish bigotry.
Has opposition to Israel *occasionally* spilled over into anti-Jewish sentiment?
Sadly, yes, though most leading critics (whether Jewish or non-Jewish) of
Israel have condemned any perceived expressions of anti-Jewish prejudice
among other critics of Israel. The critics of Israel include many diverse people,
and some of them have just become aware of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
and they lack the sophistication *not* to conflate the state of Israel with
the entire Jewish people.
I would point out that it's extremely dishonest and hypocritical for supporters
of Israel to pretend as though only the critics of Israel conflate Israel
with the entire Jewish people. In fact, the government of Israel and Zionism
itself routinely conflate the state of Israel with the entire Jewish people.
Israel prefers to define itself as 'the Jewish state' (rather than a nation of
its own citizens) and has demanded that the Palestinians recognise it as
'the Jewish state'. Supporters of Israel should *not* complain that the
actions of the self-identified 'Jewish state' may be sometimes perceived
and criticised as 'Jewish actions'. I don't recall the government of Israel
liking to point out that some Jews are non-Zionist, many Jews have criticised
Israel's policies toward the Palestinians in one way or another, and some Jews
have *emigrated* from Israel, preferring not to live in the Zionist paradise.
But Phranny seems determined to believe that criticism (including by Jews)
of Israel must be a subset of hatred of the Jewish people, which may make
it easier for her to rationalize Israel's oppression of the Palestinians.