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A few pointers for those up against the anti-Israel Twitter crowd. A really quick guide to their nonsense:

16 simple points on Antisemitism, the Jews, Arabs, the conflict, 'Apartheid' 'racism' and Zionism

1. Antisemitism allegations are to stop criticism of Israel

'stop criticising Israel' - said no Zionist ever. People are free to criticise Israel. #Antisemitism allegations are about stopping antisemitism. Calling all Brits child-killers because of the Iraq War isn't criticism.
2. Israel is an Apartheid state

Israel is a fully functioning democracy. It has experienced conflict and has those outside that want to destroy it. The cousin of an Israeli from Haifa could be living in Ramallah = this is not a division by race.
3. Zionism is racism

Is a refuge for women a sexist endeavour? Would anyone look at groups of angry men outside the women's refuge (like Hamas / Hezbollah) and tell the women to open the door?
4. Anti-Zionism is not antisemitism

What a straw man. Antisemitism is antisemitism. Empty slogans should not be deployed to shield racism. If someone has crossed out the word Jew and replaced it with Zionist - he is an antisemite whatever he calls himself.
5. The Nation State Law is racist

Don't confuse individual rights with majority rights. My rights as an individual in the UK are protected. But the UK has trading laws for Sunday not Saturday. It celebrates Xmas not Rosh Hashana - that's okay - these things aren't racism.
6. The Zionists just need to withdraw to give Palestinians peace

Every time Israel has ceded territory unilaterally the void has been filled by radical Islamic terror groups. The last time - in Gaza, Hamas took control and brought their citizens (and Israel) nothing but conflict
7. Arabs and Jews lived in peace before Zionism

Poppycock. Different levels of oppression and persecution always existed. Christians fled the area decades before Zionism. Jews were never more than second class citizens with restrictions over what they could and couldn't do
8. Only the Zionists have stopped the Palestinians having a state

From 1949-1967 not 1cm of the West Bank / Gaza was in Israel's hands. It was all controlled by the Arabs. What happened? They didn't declare a state. Instead they created the PLO to go after the bit the Jews held
9. A secular one state solution is the best solution

Nobody wants this. Nobody. The secular one state idea is western colonial thought dressed up as a progressive movment. White people telling 'the natives' 1000s of miles away how they should live and where to draw their borders
10. BDS is a Palestinian 'call from within'

More poppycock. There is no civil society in most Palestinian areas (as we understand it). BDS was a western idea that used a few Palestiniain NGOs as puppets for faux legitimacy. Most Palestinians probably don't even know what it is.
11. BDS only seeks an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank / Gaza

Only said by people that have either never read the BDS aims - or simply do not understand them. The implimention of the 3 BDS goals brings about the end of Israel. Period.
12.Partition was a result of Zionist terror

Partition was a result of Arab violence. The British first realised partition was the best option in 1935. The reason? Arab violence. The Mandate was a 1 state solution that failed because groups of Arabs would not stop killing Jews
13. The Zionists collaborated with the Nazis

A vile thing to say to Jews. Everybody 'dealt' with the Nazis. They were the gvnmt of Germany for years. The UK even made a peace deal with them. You may as well say Israel & Hamas collaborated because they arranged a prisoner swap.
14. But - the 'Nakba'

There was a brutal civil conflict. 1% of the Jewish population died. 1000s of Arab irregular forces infiltrated into the conflict zone long before the Haganah went on the offensive (to survive). The Arabs opted for war - they lost
15 The Jews had to expel the Arabs to ensure a Jewish majority

That's propaganda for idiots. There were 50000 Jews trapped in camps on cyprus and 100,000s in DP camps in Europe These people are always discounted when anti-Israel activists play the numbers game.
16 - So what's your solution

I don't have one. I've seen the Arabs throw away peace deal after peace deal. They responded to Oslo with suicide bombings. When the option was peace or violence the 2nd Intifada exploded. If they are ever ready to accept Israel - peace will come.
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