Originally posted by @handyandy
Do you deny that many Arabs are prejudiced against Jews?
Since 1948 (if not earlier), many Arabs have good reasons to loathe Israel's oppression
of the Palestinians. Israel likes to define itself as 'the Jewish state' and claim that it morally
represents all Jews in the world. Most Jews in the world evidently still support Israel.
Given all this, there's a popular conflation--which is not limited only to Arabs--between 'Jew' and 'Zionist'.
In my view, it's absolutely right to criticize someone for being a Zionist, and it's absolutely
wrong to criticize someone for being a Jew. Sadly, there are many Arabs who ignorantly
assume (partly being misled by Israeli propaganda equating Jews and Zionists) that all
Jews must be Zionists and so oppressors of the Palestinians and so enemies of the Arabs.
But if and when Arabs meet a Jew who sincerely criticizes Israel's oppression of the Palestinians,
any anti-Jewish prejudices that these Arabs may have had usually are shed away rapidly.
A Jew who's well-known as opposing Israel's oppression of the Palestinians can walk
among the Palestinians in an atmosphere of safety, respect, and friendship, even love.
I always have emphasized to my Palestinian friends that the Jews who sincerely oppose
Israel's oppression of the Palestinians are among their best allies and should be cherished.
And I would point out that Jewish mobs in Israel have a popular chant in the streets of
'Death to the Arabs!', after which they sometimes have attacked or even killed passing Arabs.