Criticizing Israel Unrelated to Anti-Semitism

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Criticizing Israel Unrelated to Anti-Semitism

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Calling criticism of Zionism and Israel anti-Semitic turns truth on its head. One has nothing to do with the other.

Anti-Semitism reflects hostility or discrimination against Judaism as a religion. Israel is a nation-state. Criticizing its ruthlessness is essential to challenge what's clearly intolerable. Equating it to anti-Semitism is a bald-faced lie.

On Wednesday, proposed House legislation disgracefully conflating the two was introduced in deference to Israel and its US lobby – called the Anti-Semitism Act of 2018.

It cites Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin.

It says nothing about religion, but that's not the point. What is relevant is that criticizing Israeli policies has nothing to do with discrimination of any kind.

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