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Behind the Aegis

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Sun Apr 14, 2024, 03:54 PM Apr 14

(Jewish Group) Jews who blame Israel for antisemitism are only helping antisemites [View all]

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“We can fight antisemitism by how we choose to fight in Gaza,” Rob Eshman recently wrote in the Forward, because “Israel bears some responsibility for it, as do American Jews who support the war as it is currently being prosecuted.”

The “most obvious explanation of the current eruption” of antisemitism is “rage at an ongoing war in which Israel’s conduct has received widespread international condemnation,” Jay Michaelson reasoned, also in the Forward.

These arguments are dangerously misguided. Citing the intensity of Israel’s military campaign — and its vocal Jewish supporters abroad — to explain this upsurge disregards the virulent antisemitism documented mere days after Oct. 7, before Israel even entered Gaza on Oct. 27.

People can oppose Israel’s military strategy, but they are not entitled to justify their antisemitism under that guise. Antisemites alone — not Jews, not Israel, and not “rage” at the two — are responsible for antisemitism. Saying otherwise absolves antisemites of their bigotry.

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Sums it up perfectly. Frankly, I see it as a form of anti-Semitism in of itself. It is "victim blaming" to the nth degree. I have yet to see one "progressive" blame the rise in Islamophobia on Hamas, Palestine, and/or any other Arab/Muslim nations actions, but when it comes to anti-Semitism....blame Israel!

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