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Is Antisemitism Racism?

Israel's foreign minister writes: We need to lower the level of hysteria over criticism. Not everyone who opposes Israel’s policy in the Gaza Strip is antisemitic

Yair Lapid
Yair Lapid
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Yair Lapid
Yair Lapid

The speech I gave before the Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism earlier this month in Jerusalem has provoked unusual uproar. As I see it, the furor is surfacing too late. Reports gauging hatred of the Jews in the world are unprecedented and horrifying. The year 2019 set a record for the number of hate crimes directed at Jews, and 2020 did not witness a drop in the figures, despite the coronavirus pandemic (which even generated a new blood libel, to the effect that the pandemic was being deliberately spread by the Jews). And it’s already clear that the data for 2021 will surpass those of the two previous years.

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