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    • zak
    • 17.02.06 | 12:32 (IST)

    I am writing as a young English student trying to grapple with the moral complexity of the Arab/Israeli conflict. I feel an important distinction has to be made between acts such as desecrating jewish graves, and policies such as boycotts against the Israeli state and Israeli institutions. The former is unmasked anti semitism. A vile and unforgivable attack on the Jewish community. However, the latter deserves a slighter deeper interpretation. The state of Israel was established as a Jewish state, reserved for the exclusive benefit of the Jewish people. However,does that mean if one opposes and acts against the policies of this state and its institutions one is anti jewish? I don't think so. To equate politcal/academic/economic activism against Israel with religious bigotry against the Jewish people is a naive but all too common mistake.

    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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