Michael Brown: It Is Not Anti-Semitic if You Criticize Israel Fairly

A general view shows the Dome of the Rock and Jerusalem’s Old City December 4, 2017. | (Photo: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

There is probably no nation on the planet more self-critical than Israel. There are leftwing organizations that criticize their nation’s treatment of the Palestinians. There are rightwing organizations that criticize their nation’s secularism and worldliness. As for Israeli politics, they make American politics look tame and civil.

On a daily basis, Israeli newspapers level charges against one political party or another while Israeli intellectuals rail on one social evil or another.

Religious Jews condemn the non-religious for their lack of observance and non-religious Jews condemn the religious for their hypocrisy.

Welcome to life in Israel, where criticism of Israel happens virtually 24/7.

Quite obviously, then, it is ridiculous to brand all criticism of Israel as being antisemitic, even when it comes from outside the nation. Some of the criticism is fair, and all nations and peoples will be subject to criticism of one kind or another.

But when lies are circulated about Israel, that is antisemitic. When the nation as a whole is demonized or delegitimized, that is antisemitic. When Israel is held to a different standard than the rest of the world, that is antisemitic.

To expand this to the Jewish world as a whole, it is not antisemitic to say, “It seems that Jewish people have a disproportionate influence on the economy and the media.”

But it is antisemitic to say, “Jews control the economy and the media.”

One statement is fairly accurate and does not draw larger, false conclusions. The other is not accurate and does draw larger, false conclusions.

It is not antisemitic to say, “Liberal Jews are having a disproportionate influence on America’s moral values, from the three Jewish Supreme Court judges to men like George Soros, and to leadership roles in organizations like the ACLU and SPLC.”

It is antisemitic to say, “The sexual revolution was a Zionist conspiracy” or, “The Jews want to destroy America’s Christian values.”

Again, one statement is fairly accurate and does not draw larger, false conclusions. The others are not accurate and do draw larger, false conclusions.

Again, the problem is not fair criticism. The problem is when the Jewish people as a whole are demonized. The problem is when they are falsely caricatured and made into scapegoats. In short, the problem is with the idea that, “All the world’s problems can be traced back to those evil Jews!”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Brown