Would someone please explain to me how being against Israel's actions somehow makes one an anti-Semite?
Israel is a nation-state, and its actions are legitimate targets for praise or criticism, as are the actions of any nation-state.
Being Jewish on the other hand, is--depending on your particular interpretation--either a religion or a culture or both.
How is criticism of a nation-state construed as criticism of the culture/religion? I don't get it.
If someone criticizes the actions of the United States, does that automatically constitute criticism of me as an Irish-American or a Methodist, for example?
Criticizing Israel is not anti-Semitic (although many people who criticize Israel also happen to be Jew haters). Israel and its policies deserves the criticism it gets, period. What I don't believe it deserves are statements like "Israel is as bad as the Nazis." No it isn't. There are several million Arabs living in Israel many of whom with Israeli citizenship. There is zero comparison with the Nazis, and people making that comparison are doing so to minimize the mass murder of Jews both prior and during WW2. Or, someone saying Israel is just like South Africa during apartheid. No it isn't. There are zero anti-miscegenation laws as they had in South Africa. If you want to say Israel's policies are fucked... then say that. If you want criticize countries built on discriminatory policies, look at Australia or the United States. Look at Belgium or Portugal and what they did in Africa... it's way, way worse than anything horrible Israel has done.
What's also not okay is, if someone is discussing anti-Semitism (more accurately, Jew-hatred) and then someone else goes on a big spiel about how horrible Israel is... THAT is Jew hatred. I have no problem with someone discussing how horrible Israel's policies are but NOT within the context of discussing larger Jew hatred around the world. You want to discuss what an asshole Sheldon Adelson is... please do. But don't say "the Jews are doing this or that and own this or that" because THIS Jew doesn't. And if you can't understand the difference therein, then you probably ARE a Jew hater.
This question has gotten me in trouble because too many don't understand the difference between Anti-Semite and Anti-Zionist. I also looked up the difference between Liberal and Progressive and one is that the progressives aren't afraid of calling out groups for their bad behavior (because they themselves will be branded) and Liberals are afraid because of the possible negative connotations. In other words, to me, Liberals are chicken.
It’s a knee jerk response just as saying that you’re against HRC immediately makes you a sexist.
Israel through Netanyahu has decided that they should consume all of the Palestinian territory as well as southern Lebanon and Syria.
I’ve been saying for the longest time now that they and Saudi Arabia have been working towards eliminating all of the Shiite leaders within the region.
And ironically while watching a documentary on the Mossad one of their former directors confirmed it.
If not checked they will enslave as much of the Middle East through economic theft and religious oppression via sharia and Wahhabism.
So if anyone throws that anti-Semitic BS just ask them to explain why is Israel perpetuating a systematic genocide of the Palestinians.
Just saying that of all the people in the world that should rebuke that kind of behavior it should be them.
Good question. I heard a new Dem Muslim rep be accused of anti-Semitism. She is a Semite. She is anti-Zionist as I, a cultural Jew am. I am vs the current actions of Israel because they are anti-humane. I run the Jewish Culture Group. Some of us are anti-Zionist. The two should not be confused.
It is perfectly legitimate to criticize a nation state and it is a common tactic to accuse a critic of Israel of being anti-semitic. On the other hand there are also a lot of anti-semites that can't bare that "the jews" get to have a state on their own and see it for the cause to all the evil in the world. I think it's hard not to get lumped in with the racists scum. On a private level I don't think it is such a big issue but for a politician it can mean that you loose a lot of donors. Not everybody will research if you really were an anti-semite and will just belief an accusation (another argument to get big money out of government).
Apparently the same way you can't criticize any action Israel takes without being against its entire existence... at least according to the country's most vociferous defenders.
It's the same syndrome that leads to "America- Love It or Leave It" bumper stickers. Those with a mature understanding realize that it's quite possible to support a nation and at the same time, criticize the actions that nation takes. We who love America (and Israel) want the nation to not only do well, but to do good.
I think the age of the country (nationalism?) has a lot to do with it. Wasn't Israel founded in 1945 or so? I found the same sense of religion/culture/nation as all merged into one while in Saudi Arabia. So, by attacking one part, it's perceived as attacking, or for that matter, supporting the merged entity. My opinion...