Anti-Israel is not anti-semitism - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • JW
    • 19.10.12 | 07:09 (IST)

    I wonder sometimes whether this high-powered fight against anti-semitism by Jewish organisations worldwide is counterproductive. I cannot help but note that this significant and vociferous increase in the campaign against anti-semitism correlates closely with Israel's significant and most unwelcome loss of standing in the world community over the past forty years. Virtually from David to Goliath albeit still holding the sling. It seems to me that the widening of the definition of anti-semitism to include the “demonising, double standards and delegitimizing” of Israel points to a political motive: to stifle debate, worldwide, on Israel’s policies towards its 1.5m Palestinian citizens and the 4.6m Palestinian residents of the Occupied Territories. So, what do I mean by counterproductive. Counterproductive because this high powered politicized campaign can only slow down a sustainable resolution of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. A conflict that, with time and technology, will work against Israel in its current peace policy paralysis.

    from the article: Leaving post, U.S. official reflects on a new definition of anti-Semitism
    First published 12:10 17.10.12 | Last updated 12:10 17.10.12
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