Anti-Semites In Denial
I often hear from readers claiming to be "anti-Zionist" but not anti-Semitic. And I'm not buying it.
Recently, someone wrote and asked me to explain how one can be separated from the other and I couldn't resist a brief response:
Question: How can someone be critical of the state of Israel and the Zionist/Likud /Neocons without being accused of anti-Semitism?If there are any other anti-Semites in denial out there, this advice is for you too.
Answer: He can't. The modern day obsession with Israel as the root of all evil in the world is so off the mark that it can have no other basis except anti-Semitism. Adherents to this line of thought can try to tell themselves otherwise, but years of propaganda by those who truly do hate Jews has made its mark and now they're spouting the same talking points. When they are as outraged by the actions of other countries as they are the Jewish state, then I'll believe otherwise. But pigs will probably have to fly first.
If this message is in regards to yourself, my advice would be to dispense with all you think you know about the history of the Mideast conflict and start over. Joan Peters' book "From Time Immemorial" is an excellent start.
As for me, I'm thinking it might be time to start a "Dear Cinnamon (Abbey)" feature...