Category: Israelcentric defin of antisemitism

Michelle Alexander has opened a door on Palestine

Pro-Israel and Jewish response to Michelle Alexander’s recent NYT piece, “Time to Break the Silence on Palestine,” was predictably hysterical and demonstrated that “hardline Israeli propagandists are losing their ability to shape political discourse on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” James Zogby examines what this means…

The Pro-Israel Push to Purge US Campus Critics

Katherine Franke writes in the New York Review of Books that while Palestinian rights are getting more attention than ever, advocates of justice still face accusations of “anti-Semitism,” harassment, and most of all, censorship on college campuses….

Marc Lamont Hill’s “anti-Semitism” is a distraction

Marc Lamont Hill, in Nazareth 2014. screenshot from Vimeo video. As is often the case with proponents of justice for Palestinians, Marc Lamont Hill was watched closely by Israel partisans as he spoke before the UN last week. They took a phrase – one phrase – from the speech and threw the rest aside, hoping…

Exposed! How Britain’s Anti-Semitism scaremongers operate

Britain’s “Campaign Against Anti-Semitism (CAA0,” an organization equivalent to the ADL, has maneuvered British society into abdicating its core liberal values, intimidated the prosecutorial and judicial system, and silenced criticism of Israel in both social media and the mainstream media… in the last 18 months Britain’s largest political party has suspended and expelled over a hundred of its members for expressing their views on Israel or Jewish history… 

36 Jewish groups defend Israel critics from ‘false accusations of anti-Semitism’

Thirty-six Jewish groups have signed a statement condemning the conflation of anti-Semitism with criticism of Israel. “As social justice organizations from around the world, we write this letter with growing alarm regarding the targeting of organizations that support Palestinian rights in general and the nonviolent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, in particular. These attacks too often take the form of cynical and false accusations of anti-Semitism that dangerously conflate anti-Jewish racism with opposition to Israel’s policies and system of occupation and apartheid…”

Landmark bill restricting criticism of Israel sneaks through South Carolina Senate

South Carolina is poised to be the first state to pass legislation to adopt an Israel-centric definition for “anti-Semitism.” This will then apply to the state’s campuses, potentially limiting discussion of Israel-Palestine to one-sided information that fosters U.S. policies that provide Israel $10 million per day. The bill has been heralded in Israel as a “a landmark bill” that will lead change across the U.S. and the world, while South Carolina lawmakers appear to have let it through in the belief that it isn’t significant legislation.

Tillerson Caves, Will Appoint Special Anti-Semitism Envoy Who Monitors Criticism of Israel

Tillerson will name a special envoy to monitor alleged anti-Semitism, which includes criticism of Israel. All three previous envoys have been Israel partisans and helped create the new definition of the word. Dozens of other positions – on the environment, food security, conflict diamonds, etc – are being eliminated.

International campaign is criminalizing criticism of Israel as ‘antisemitism’

IAK INVESTIGATION: For two decades, some Israeli officials and partisans have worked to embed a new, Israel-focused definition of antisemitism in institutions around the world, from international bodies and national governments to small college campuses in heartland America. This effort is now snowballing rapidly. As a result, advocacy for Palestinian rights is well on the way to being curtailed and even criminalized as “hate.”