Tony Greenstein | 17 December 2016 | Post Views:

Anti-Zionism is not Anti-Semitism Say 63 Signatories to Guardian Letter

Guardian has published
a letter signed by 63 people, about half of whom are Jewish,  condemning the ‘new’ IHRA definition of anti-Semitism
Government’s new definition of ‘anti-Semitism’ is an attempt to criminalise
support for the Palestinians and opposition to Zionism
This was sent in response to an article
that appeared on Monday 12th December
adopts antisemitism definition to combat hate crime against Jews
on the new
definition of ‘anti-Semitism’ that the Government has decided to adopt. 
It doesn’t take a genius to know what anti-Semitism
or hatred of Jews is.  It really is
simple:  ‘hatred of Jews as Jews’ and it
is best expressed as hatred, violent and discrimination against Jews.  That is it in a nutshell.
Of course you could have another
sentence to elaborate that this includes a belief in the international Jewish conspiracy
theory, which is a relatively unique feature of anti-Semitism and associated
stereotypes (which are not unique to Jews). 
In short you can define anti-Semitism quite satisfactorily in
under 50 words.  By my calculation the
IHRA definition of anti-Semitism is 413 words! 
In other words a short essay. 
Why the need for so many words? 
Because that is how many words it takes in order to try and conflate and
confuse anti-Semitism with anti-Zionism. 
In order to try and pretend that anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism are
really the same, a sentiment the British National Party and National Front will
really concur with, it takes all these extra words in order to produce a
multitude of spurious examples.!
But for most people, anti-Semitism will be someone shouting ‘dirty
Jew’ ‘kike’ and ‘Jew boy’ or perhaps the Zionist favourites of ‘self-hater’ and
‘kapos’.  A boot or a fist and a
reference to circumcision will suffice in most circumstances.
Most people will also understand that criticism of Israel, just
like criticism of all states, for their treatment of the Palestinians is not anti-Semitic
and they will also understand that a criticism of the racist ideology, Zionism,
that underpins Israel as the world’s only apartheid state is not anti-Semitic.
Instead we have a parade of reactionaries and racists, including
those who have praised and justified real anti-Semites like Sir Eric Pickles
and the Jewish Chronicle’s own Stephen Pollard going to town on the new
definition of ‘anti-Semitism’.
Tony Greenstein

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