Is Criticizing Israel Antisemitic?

Israel is, and should be, subject to political criticism over its conduct. However, some bigots will say their problem is with Israel, when their real problem is with Jews.


Here's how to tell the difference between the good faith critics and the bad faith bigots.

Created and Written by Yair Rosenberg




Comments (4)

(2) Jeff, September 7, 2021 12:42 AM

What about anti-Palestinian rhetoric?

If Mr. Rosenberg were truly opposed to prejudice & discrimination, he would spend as much time worrying about anti-Palestinian remarks as anti-Jewish remarks. But he doesn't.
What if a boastfully “democratic” Lebanon or Germany, say, had ruled millions of Jews for half a century and more — and openly asserted that they would never have the vote, or a fully independent state either? You know the truth: The world would say anyone who calls that country a democracy is an anti-Semite, no question about it.
Yet “no voting and no country” is exactly Israel's position on the Palestinians. Netanyahu openly said in 2014 that Israel would never permit a fully independent Palestinian state. Nor would Bennett ever even consider granting basic rights to the millions of Palestinians denied the right to vote for their rulers in the Knesset because of their race. Despite the fact most have spent their entire lives under Israeli rule, and are certain to spend the rest of their lives under Israeli rule, and sometimes, as in Hebron, live right across the street from Jews who have the vote.
So if Mr. Rosenberg were genuinely concerned about prejudice, he would be outraged by the claim that Israel is a democracy. He would be outraged by the fact that millions have spent their entire lives under Israeli rule without being granted basic rights, solely because of their race. Why isn't he?

Steve, September 9, 2021 1:33 PM

Clarification please

Hi Jeff,
I'm a bit confused by your comment and would appreciate if you could clarify some of your points.
You are incensed by the fact that millions of Palestinians do not havethe right to vote for "their rulers in the Knesset because of their race". Are you suggesting that Israel should unilaterally abrogate the Oslo Accords and annex Areas A and B of Judea and Samaria (aka the "West Bank")? Should Israel overthrow the Palestinian Authority, and impose Israeli rule and governance there? Should Israel assume full political, military and governance control over Areas A and B? (By the way, over 97% of the Palestinian population of Judea and Samaria live in Areas A and B, and under the Osolo Accords, they get to vote for the rulers in the Palestinian Authority, if the PLO ever allowed them to vote again).
At the same time, you contend that Israel will never allow an independent Palestinian state. This is really confusing. Which is it? Do you advocate for Israel "from the river to the sea", with everyone free to vote for the Knesset? Or do you advocate for "an independent Palestinian state"?
If the second, can you please clarify how that state will come into being, when every time it has been offered, the Palestinians themselves have refused it? Please see the Peel Report of 1937, the UN Partition Plan of 1948, the three nos of Khartoum in 1967, the Camp David and Taba talks in 2000 and 2001, and Jerusalem in 2008 (when even Saab Erekat admitted that Israel offered even more than the Palestinians were demanding)?
In short, what exactly do you want Israel to do?
I look forward to your response and hope that you will be able to provide some clarity. Thank you.

Dvirah, September 11, 2021 6:58 PM

Further to Steve's Comment...

Since 1995 the PA has controlled the "West Bank", so if they truly want a state, they have only to organize themselves as such: establish a civilian infrastructure, encourage their economy, develop their own resources. Israel can in no way stop them from doing this. However, as they have not done any of those things, it can only be concluded that they either are not truly interested in statehood, or that they are not mature enough to understand what statehood and self-determination really mean.

(1) Soniya Christova, August 29, 2021 4:37 PM

What do Islamic terrorists is not criticism but false slanders propaganda

Islamic terrorists are corrupted by them antiSemitic protestors do crimes against humankind truth justice and peace as racism, deceit slanders, false propaganda, kidnapping,, murders, false accusation in crimes they do against Israel using even legal institutions organizations as ICC values united with them and investigated innocent victim Israel of Islamic terror and Israeli defensive forces instead to judge all Islamic terror criminals groups for crimes of corruption deceit slander terror murders invasion annexation occupation robbery gencide etc and Ungoldy nations so absurd antisemitic pro-terrorist resolutions are so unjust opposite to the truth and moral and even perverted as to blame Israel in racism when all Islamic serogroups are created after the nazi manner and have the same satanic values, golas and plots to kill to setal by deceit and destroy gods own chosen holy nation and land because the truth can not be determined by majority votes beuase the truth is independant of huamsn opinoisn and is determined by god alone but beuase most of peopel are wicked - ungodly corrtped eil and untied with Islamc arsb whcih have 22 states while Israel only 1 so alwayes more vote for evil satani antitruthcause not for trutg with God for israel! But woe to allaniMSites criminals - liars slanders racism robbers murders, idolaters, as nazi were ther just wrath curse and coming vengeance in the hell will be by the righteous god and there nor corruption units, not deceit no any hidden in darkness crime will be left unpunished, shalom to Israel her righteous defend is by the living only true God with his angels armies so let Israel trust Him alone and let all Gods rights people proclaim Gods truth f scripture the Bible too rebuild all static lies and slanders agsint Israel - the stani position for many minds to turn upsidetruth name terorosts evil cirmes good and Israeli righes deefends evil

 

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