Could You Be a Closet anti-Semite? Let the Settlers' New 'John Kerry Test' Be Your Guide

The sixth in a series of 'Test Yourself' articles, in which readers are invited to see how they measure up on the major issues of the day.

Bradley Burston
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If you are an American Jew, if you're one among the majority of Israelis who would like to see a two-state solution, or a person anywhere who cares about Israel as a democracy, you're already at risk.

Entirely unbeknownst to you, you may be a silent carrier of anti-Semitism.

Until recently, many of the signs and symptoms were hidden, unapparent except to the settlement movement. Now, however, they have been made available to the wider public.

Here, then, is the settlement movement's new John Kerry Self-Test of Anti-Semitism:

QUESTION 1: The U.S. secretary of state, an avowed opponent of boycotts against Israel, warned this week of the "very high" risks Israel faces if peace talks fail: "People are talking about boycott. That will intensify in the case of failure. We all have a strong interest in this conflict resolution. Today's status quo absolutely, to a certainty, I promise you 100 percent, cannot be maintained. It's not sustainable. It's illusionary. There's a momentary prosperity, there's a momentary peace."

Responding to Kerry's assessment, senior Yesha settlement movement official Adi Mintz told Israel's Channel 2 television station that "this is an anti-Semitic move."

"In the end, John Kerry's statement is: 'Hit the Jews in their pockets.' I am saying here that John Kerry's statement is anti-Semitic."

Ignoring the carnage in Syria, "the secretary of state busies himself with threats against the Jews living in the Land of Israel," Mintz continued. "Anti-Semites have always made use of a very simple technique: Hit the Jews in their pockets. Show them, in the end, hurt them in their pockets, and they'll recoil, back off. At times, these threats work."

Choose the response which most closely resembles your view:

A. Mintz is right.

B. Kerry is right. In point of fact, of the two, Mintz is the one who actually sounds anti-Semitic.

C. I don't care anymore. I've got better things to think about.

QUESTION 2: The U.S. secretary of state is pushing for a permanent end to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, with sweeping security arrangements for Israel. The plan calls for Israel to keep certain settlement blocs, in return for ceding land to the Palestinians, whose independent state will have a capital in Arab East Jerusalem, and who will forego claims to resettle refugees in pre-1967 Israel.

MK Motti Yogev (Habayit Hayehudi), a resident of an isolated West Bank settlement, tells Israel Radio on Thursday that the secretary of state's motivation for driving the peace process bears an "undertone of anti-Semitism on Kerry's part."

In an unusually angry letter to Yogev, the Anti-Defamation League's Abraham Foxman writes that Kerry deserves a "full and prompt apology for his "offensive," "baseless" and "inflammatory" comments. The American Jewish Committee's David Harris condemns Yogev's remarks "in the strongest possible terms," terming them "totally unfounded, dumb, and damaging." Harris also demands a "heartfelt apology," adding that Kerry is a "rock-solid friend" of the Jewish people.

This week, Yogev sends U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro a three-page letter which includes further charges against Kerry. At one point, apparently responding to calls for apology, he writes that this was "not a personal matter."

"Maybe the expression 'anti-Semitic' was inappropriate," Yogev writes, "but since he showed his pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel opinions in the past, John Kerry cannot be a fair broker in the Israeli-Palestinian matter."

A. Yogev is right.

B. Yogev – and the settlement movement as a whole – is doing profound injury to Israel's best interests, and its crucial relationship with the United States. Nothing is doing more harm to Israel and a possible solution to the conflict, than constant settlement expansion and the costs and dangers of keeping the West Bank and East Jerusalem in perpetuity.

3. I don't care anymore. I've got better things to think about.

QUESTION 3: Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has proposed a number of significant concessions on security and settlement issues.

Abbas is (choose one):

A. The world's most anti-Semitic leader (Strategic and Intelligence Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Thursday).

"Since [Iranian President] Ahmadinejad left the political stage, [Abbas] is the number one leader in injecting anti-Semitic and anti-Israel poison," Steinitz said. "Under [Abbas], the level of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incitement in the [Palestinian] Authority has reached new heights, where the bottom line is the destruction of Israel."

B. By far Israel's best and probably last chance for a two-state solution.

C. I don't care anymore. I've got better things to think about.

Scoring: 10 points for each A answer, 50 for each B, 200 for each C.

10 – 30 Points: It's about time that we let the truth be known: Kerry hates the Jews. The world hates the Jews. Settlements have nothing to do with it. Israel has nothing to do with it. That's the way it's always been. That's the way it will always be. The peace talks are just one more way to find a more convenient position from which to murder Jews.

Also, I don't want to say anything about the people who answered B a lot, but at best, they're being duped by anti-Semites. At worst, they've got anti-Semitism inside them.

50 – 150 points: If I've got 'anti-Semitism inside me,' there are a whole lot of us out here. The Pew Report found that 61 percent of U.S. Jews believe that there is a way for Israel and an independent Palestinian state to coexist peacefully. A recent poll also showed that 63 percent of Israelis support the two-state solution, along with 53 percent of Palestinians.

200 Points or More: Israel's actions may have driven me to some sort of boycott (in which case, I will be branded an anti-Semite no matter what), and/or a strong feeling of a pox on both their houses, Israeli and Palestinian. Either way, I have very possibly already turned to a different article, or to Facebook.

BONUS QUESTION: Knowing what it knows about how unpopular its uphill fight for recognition is, which answer is the settlement movement hoping and praying that a large majority of respondents will pick?

[Answer: C]

John Kerry is no anti-Semite.Credit: Reuters

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