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It's Not Antisemitic to Protest Israel's Ambassador. Just Ask British Jews

When Israel’s ambassador to the UK, Tzipi Hotovely, spoke in London last week, the vocal protests were immediately slammed as antisemitic, and even compared to Kristallnacht. But many British Jews have harshly criticized Hotovely's racism and support for the occupation, too

Tommer Spence
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The protests against Israel’s ambassador to the UK, Tzipi Hotovely, when she spoke at the London School of Economics (LSE) last week, triggered a wave of condemnation across British politics, with senior Conservative and Labour figures labelling it antisemitism and an attack on free speech.

British Jewish institutions went, in some cases, further, with the Jewish Chronicle comparing the incident to Kristallnacht, when thousands of Jews were sent to concentration camps by Nazi paramilitaries, their property destroyed and synagogues desecrated.

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