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    • Ben Ya'acov
    • 24.03.13 | 06:30 (IST)

    The ADL has done a very good job of attacking the symptoms of anti-Semitism, but it has a poor record in treating the causes. There is no question that today in some western countries there is a fair deal of anti-Israel feeling, justified by the oppressive occupation policies of successive governments. "Anti-Israel" can quickly become "aniti-semite", as the Israeli nation is confused with World Jewry. The ADL does nothing to remove this confusion - in fact it rather reinforces it, blindly attacking perfectly legitimate criticism of the government by labelling the critic an anti-semite. This may be very effective in suppressing the overt crticism but driving its expression underground only nurtures the feeling that Jews, rather than Mr Netanyahu, are at the root of the problem. Another significant cause of anti-Israel sentiment today is the excessive lobbying activities of wealthy Jewish groups in the US. The use of

    from the article: WATCH: In new campaign, Anti-Defamation League imagines a world without hate
    First published 15:39 23.03.13 | Last updated 14:48 23.03.13
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