April 2, 2009
Anti-Zionism or Anti-Semitism?
You may have noticed in the comments below the KPFK post or those regarding Pat Oliphant’s goose-stepping, shark-toothed cartoon last week this frequent complaint: “To use ‘antisemitism’ as a response to all things that negatively reflect upon Judaism is cowardly and wrong.”
I generally agree that some Jews are far too quick to label as anti-Semitism any painful criticism of Israel. I wouldn’t, however, discredit my argument, as this commenter did, by next referring to Israel as an “apartheid state.”
Anyway, Andrew Silow-Carroll, the editor of the New Jersey Jewish News, has a great column this week in which he provides a worksheet for determining when criticism of Israel crosses over into anti-Semitism. “Use it,” he advises, “whenever you are not sure if what you are reading is anti-Zionist, anti-Semitic, or an editorial in Ha’aretz.”
Of the 10 questions, here were my five favorite: