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When a member of the Shadow Cabinet says “Zionism is the enemy of peace”. When Corbyn says British Zionists don't get English irony. When Labour members, candidates and elected officials demonise and attack Israel, Jewish ppl are right to be alert. /1
When non-Jews are anti-Israel, the hatred of the only Jewish State is often twinned with antisemitism. From this 2017 study, 74% of those with anti-Israel views also had antisemitic ones, most shockingly common was that “Jews exploit the Holocaust”. /2
Non-Jewish cultures are awash with antisemitic tropes and ideas. We can not be trusted to engage with the Israel/Palestine conflict unless we actively work to understand how antisemitism intersects with it. How our own lens on the issues is clouded by that ancient hatred. /3
To disentangle our bias takes more than precision about Israeli gov actions. We need to go deeper. Why do we focus so intently on Israel. Why the righteous glee in calling Jewish ppl Nazis. Why criticism of Israel coalesces around its very existence. /4
A narrative is forming about Israel/Palestine. Binaries are deployed of ‘baddies’ v ‘goodies’. Complexity is purged and division embraced. Rarely a helpful strategy when seeking peace. Yet even more dangerous when imposed on Jewish ppl by non-Jews. /5
As anti-Israel and antisemitic attitudes often come as a package, so too do they mimic. The old tropes are transposed onto Israel. The ‘all powerful Jew’ of Tsarist Russia becomes the ‘Israel lobby’. The blood libel of medieval Europe becomes the stealing of Arab organs. /6
Non-Jews shouldn't be forming narratives about Jewish ppl. It helps the Palestinians not one jot if we feed AS in their name. Worse, it endangers diaspora Jewish ppl who are the victims of our racism. They should be first priority. As should the examination of our own hatred. /7
This thread was inspired by the many painful experiences that Jewish friends and families suffer at the hands of non-Jews wading into IP conflict without tackling their own prejudices first. Particularly lovely @BenMFreeman who wrote keenly about it here.
@BenMFreeman The threat to diaspora Jewish ppl from careless approaches to Israel/Palestine is already having a calamitous impact in the US.
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