All good points. But Israel stands alone in the world in that it is a European colonial outpost that has been granted special dispensations and advantages by the Western world. Israel is far from being the worst abuser in the world of human rights, but it is a major abuser. Part of the reason that the discussion around Israel has become so heated is because so many of Israel's defenders try to denigrate its critics with cries of "anti-Semitism" when, in fact, people simply wish to say what is true. That resentment of being cowed into silence in the face of obvious injustice has helped to nurture a backlash against Israel.
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from the article: It’s time to stop demonizing Israel