262. Criticism of Israel not anti-Semitism
The Journal News printed five letters accusing Victor Lama of anti-Semitism
for basically quoting in his Nov. 13 letter what Jewish intellectuals in
America and Israel have written about the influence of the Israeli lobby.
Israel's apologists cannot tolerate the slightest negative comment on Israel
by non-Jews. To intimidate and ultimately silence them, they accused them
of anti-Semitism without rhyme or reason.
Let us consider the following examples. When the European Union demanded
that products from the settlements be marked as such, or all Israeli produce
entering the EU will be hit by customs, Ariel Mayor Ron Nachman blamed anti-Semites
for the tariffs issue. When the Geneva initiative became public, the secretary-general
of the Yesha Council wrote that the authors of Geneva accords played in the
hands of anti-Semites. When in an EU poll last month, Europeans identified
Israel as the major threat to peace, they were accused of being anti-Semites.
George Soros, the Jewish billionaire, said: "European anti-Semitism is the
result of the policies of Israel and the United States." Is he an anti-Semite?
Most of what the apologists refer to as anti-Semitism is in fact anti-Sharonism.
As Michal Aharoni wrote in Maariv (Nov. 12), "On the day we learn to make
a clear distinction between Israel and Judaism in general, we'll find that
despite everything, the world is not so much against us."
Israel and its supporters should heed what Dror Nissan wrote in Yeditot Ahronot
(Nov. 24): "our situation is complex enough without anti-Semitism . . . there
is no need to involve it in every complication."
December 1, 2003