I have heard it said that if you have not been called an anti-Semite, then you have not been fighting for Palestine hard enough.
To someone who has never defended Palestine or criticised Israel in any serious capacity, this of course sounds like Palestinian activists are inherently anti-Semitic.
But to those who are involved in Palestinian solidarity you will know this is a tongue in cheek observation on how nearly all criticism of Israel is branded as anti-Semitic.
But this is actually a serious issue for 2 reasons.
- False claims detract from genuine anti-Semitic attacks.(Boy who cried wolf)
- Genuine activists are being silenced by false claims.
First lets see what ‘Anti-Semitism’ means.
More specifically: Relating to/or denoting a family of languages that includes Hebrew, Arabic, and Aramaic and certain ancient languages such as Phoenician and Akkadian, constituting the main subgroup of the Afro-Asiatic family.
Would you suggest all Muslims support Daesh?
Also worth pointing out that the people living in Palestine in 1917 and even to this day, are descended from the original Jewish people.
For those that have not thought about this before:
2000 years ago it was Jewish, then we saw the advent of Christianity, many people living in the holy lands converted to this new faith.Where do you think all those Christians suddenly came from? Brooklyn?
Anyway some years later we saw the birth of Islam and many of the Christians and Jews started to convert to that new religion.
This left fewer people practicing Judaism in Palestine than before Christianity.
In the mean time, people living in central Asia/Eastern Europe started to convert to Judaism. These people had never lived in Palestine yet it is their descendants that now lay claim to the land and property owned by the decendants of the original Jewish people.
So who do oppose then if not Semites or Jews?
Up until recently it was simple, we opposed Zionists. But now it seems that this is being equated with anti-Semitic by some people, not least from the ex tory MP and rocking horse brain donor recipient Louise Mensch, with hilarious results……
Some people were understandably confused……
This Tweeter questioned whether the founder of Zionism Theodor Herzl would be muted. After all, ‘A Zionist’ is what he would call himself.
She replied and in doing so proved that, like most people who defend Israel on a regular basis, she has no idea what she is talking about. The crap just pours out of their mouths in uncontrollable torrents.
But it’s not just the dumb asses of this world that are conflating Zionism with Semitism. Some allegedly intelligent people are at it too. Last week The University of California adopted a policy which effectively links the too.
This was reported by many, I have chosen this piece. You can read the full article here:
But they have a point right? I mean not all Jews are Zionists, but surely all Zionists are Jews? So you are indirectly targeting Jews.
Erm, No actually.
Ahh bless them, someone needs to tell them they can’t be Zionists anymore. But let them down gently .
But seriously, this shows Zionism is a political, colonialistic ideology . It has nothing to do with religion.
And anyway, Who is going to tell this lot they are anti Jewish?