I have Jewish and Palestinian friends. None of them have any burning desire to exterminate the others, it’s a shame the opinion doesn’t seem to be spreading. Contrary to received wisdom in some quarters it is possible to criticise the Israeli offensive without being anti-semitic. Borrowing from Savage Minds, criticism of Israel’s actions in the Occupied Territories and Lebanon is only automatically anti-semitic if you think:
- Current Israeli policy is the only possible policy the state of Israel can hold.
- The current state of Israel is the only possible form of Zionism.
- Zionism is the only possible form of Judaism.
If you don’t accept all three steps, for instance if you have the view that Jews can live outside of Israel then it is possible to criticise without automatically being a neo-nazi.
But, as Jeremy Stangroom pointed out the difficulty in criticising Israeli policy is this kind of thing.
(picture of a protestor’s placard with photo of a dead child and a remarkably stupid caption below the fold)