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Sat Mar 9, 2019, 07:04 PM

From Juan Cole - Criticizing Israel Isn't Anti-Semitic. Here's What Is


From Juan Cole

Criticizing Israel Isn’t Anti-Semitic. Here’s What Is

...Omar has criticized the U.S. government’s support for Israeli actions that break international law. And she’s spoken out against the role money in politics plays in shoring up that support.

Neither is anti-semitic.

What is anti-semitic is the cacophony of mainstream media and politicians saying that criticizing U.S. policy toward the state of Israel is the same as attacking Jewish people.

Like most American Jewish youth, I grew up knowing Israel....

https://www.juancole.com/2019/03/criticizing-israel-semitic.html
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Reply From Juan Cole - Criticizing Israel Isn't Anti-Semitic. Here's What Is (Original post)
bloom Mar 9 OP
walkingman Mar 9 #1
pangaia Mar 9 #2
Mosby Mar 9 #3
aranthus Mar 10 #4

Response to bloom (Original post)

Sat Mar 9, 2019, 07:22 PM

1. Being opposed to Netanyahu and the occupation is not the same as being anti-Semitic.

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Response to bloom (Original post)

Sat Mar 9, 2019, 08:11 PM

2. THANK YOU for posting this.



I mean """"THANK YOU.""""

I have found the vilification of Ilhan Omar here terrible..

I have thought of making a post here about my fuller view of the situation, but so far have been able to resist.



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Response to bloom (Original post)

Sat Mar 9, 2019, 11:15 PM

3. Juan Cole didn't write this.

I was confused at first, but I figured it out.

You didn't make it very clear with the "from Juan Cole" comment.

There is a lot historically wrong in the piece.



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Response to Mosby (Reply #3)

Sun Mar 10, 2019, 09:50 AM

4. The entire piece is a fraud.

Ilhan Omar wasn't called out for criticizing Israel for the simple fact that she didn't criticize Israel. Instead, she attacked the people who support Israel using classic antisemitic tropes. Congress supports Israel because it's "all about the Benjamins," isn't a critique of Israel. It's accusing her fellow Representatives of taking bribes. It's playing the Jewish Money and Jewish Power cards. The crack about allegiance to a foreign country was playing the Dual Loyalty card. That's why people are pissed. Marc Lamont Hill wasn't attacked because he defends Palestinian rights, but because he denies Jewish rights, like the right of self determination (the right to have a country). Ms. Gertler is apparently so far out on the rabidly anti-Israel Left that she agrees with them, so she papers over their antisemitism. Sick and disgusting.

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