Sunday, November 23, 2014

Op-Ed: Left must admit that its actions are leading to anti-Jewish feeling

Carol Hunt writes in the Sunday Independent:
Meanwhile, in Europe the, 'It's not anti-Semitism, it's anti-Zionism' lobby refuse to take responsibility for their role in the increase in attacks against Jews and Jewish properties. Yes certainly, some right-wing groups throw the "anti-Semitism" tag around in order to shut down dialogue on Israeli actions, but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Currently anti-Jewish sentiment in Europe is able to rise unopposed because of the "pro-Palestinian" (but only against Israel) Left's refusal to admit that its anti-Israeli campaigning is contributing hugely to it. Yes, I know that accusation will be met with hostility and disbelief. But think about it: when people campaign vociferously against any cultural events that involves Israel, they seek to boycott everything to do with that country and its people. How do you think that makes Jewish people feel? How can you support actions which make Jewish people feel they are outsiders and yet insist that you mean no anti-Semitism? To do so reveals an ignorance of how central Israel is to the identity, religion and culture of Jewish people worldwide.

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