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    • If Jewish communities wholeheartedly support unpopular Israeli policies, then they will end up unpopular. Just like ex-patriate Bosnian Serb or apartheid South Africans demonstrating.
    • 12.07.10 | 11:59 (IDT)

    The problem here is the imbalance between what most Swedes or Brits think about Israel and what Jewish Swedes or Brits think about Israel. There was a lot of anger here about Cast Lead, because of TV pictures showing Pal civilians killed and mained by Israeli actions. In that context, Jewish Swedes and Brits demonstrating in support of Cast Lead will have created anger against them. Now you can look at this in two ways. You can take the approcah of Israel and its fans and say the journalists and the critics of Israel are openly or secretly anti-semitic, or you can take the other approach and say that it's Israel and its policies which is ultimetaly causing the problem. Now I'm sure there are some anti-semites out there, but I'm also pretty sure that there are a lot more Brits and Swedes who have nothing against Jews at all, but are deeply upset by Israel's oppression of the Pals and upset to see Jewish community leaders taking Israel's line rather than sharing the views of their fellow Brits and Swedes. Personally, I have no bad feelings about British Jews, because I've enjoyed the company of so many of them, because I regard it as natural that they should have a concern and affection for Israel, and because I know that while the community leaders are firm in their supppot for Israel's policies, individual Jews tend in private to be much, much more critical of Israel.

    from the article: Jews reluctantly abandon Swedish city amid growing anti-Semitism
    First published 16:36 11.07.10 | Last updated 16:36 11.07.10
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