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    • Timothy L
    • 16.02.06 | 18:03 (IST)

    Ah, another self-styled definition of "anti-Semitism". Any quack lawyer, or politician or commentator for that matter, can cook up a home-grown definition of something and then argue that the facts fit it. Such self-serving nonsense is exactly what fuels the vast and growing rejection of Israel's transparently self-serving definitions of virtually everything in issue (see e.g. today's edition: Aluf Benn: "Israel is strong, but is it just?"). A nation's peoples, from top on down, have the power to publicly define anything so as to fit their own interests. This is the power of national self-delusion. But others have no obligation to respect those delusional definitions, which in Israel so patently try to color illegitimate behaviors and programs with a patina of legitimacy. Of course, to many devotees of Israel's military occupation, disrespect for Israel's self-serving definitions is itself defined as "anti-semitic". It never ends...............

    from the article: The new British anti-Semitism
    First published 00:00 16.02.06 | Last updated 00:00 16.02.06
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