Criticism of Israel is not Anti-Semitic – but it quickly leads there

A controversial anti-Israel conference held in Ireland raised once again an old debate over when criticism of Israel is legitimate, and when it is a thin cover for deeply rooted anti-Semitism. This debate is important because to effectively combat anti-Semitism and protect Europe's Jewish communities, it is necessary to distinguish between criticism of Israel, anti-Zionism, and simply Jew hatred. In this op-ed for the European Jewish Press, I offer critical tools to decide whether something is legitimate critique, anti-Zionist or outright anti-Semitic. I then discuss an overlooked incident, where three men fire-bombed a German synagogue claiming it was in protest over Israeli military action

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