Are You An Anti-Semite?
We hear this term used a lot these…it seems that if you criticize Israel then you are by default a anti-Semite.
Sorry but that is crap!
I can criticize Israel and still respect the religion….but for those that still have this gnawing ignorance…..I offer this…..keep in mind this site has a Libertarian lean to it….
This is a topic which has had so much written about it that you could fill an entire city library with books entirely dedicated to this topic. Marx took a shot at it. As did Sartre. There were, of course, also plenty of good books written on this topic, but rather than list them all, I want to suggest a few simple common sense points and then go to what I consider an authoritative explanation of this thing we call “antisemitism” and which, of course, has nothing to do with Semites.
So first, let’s dump this silly term and replace it by a simple and straightforward one: judeophobia. Just like any other phobia (say, for example, russophobia) the phobia of X is the 1) fear and/or hatred of X. Some people hate Jews, others fear them (think of the “fear of the Jews” in the Scripture), some do both. So judeophobia seems both logical and uncontroversial to me.
I do not agree with the premise….for me my criticism is of the treatment of people by the government of Israel not their religious beliefs….