What Strenger and most Jews don't understand can be stated succinctly: That the hoary old idea of anti-semitism has been used as an excuse for condoning any action by Jews. Arabs, and the rest of the world, long accepted the simple fact that very few peoplw hate Jews for who they are. Rather, they look at what they do. For Israel, it is the acts performed which give rise to the disgust. Killing civiilians, stealing their land, humiliating them and treating them as somehow less-than-human or at least not-as-human as Jews, gives rise to a to a natural resentment. Not defining borders and maintaining an occupation contributes to the problem. Yet, when others point out the Jewish contribution to the problem, they are immediately labeled as either anti-semitic or 'self-hating' Jews. The excuses for Israeli actions are both intellectually and morally dishonest, as is Bernard Lewis' entire theory and writings. Using 'anti-semitism' as both a sword and a shield is unconscionable.
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