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PostAnti-Israel vs. Anti-Semitism (Tor Guimaraes, USA, 08/08/14 10:20 am)
After careful analysis, I find Henry Levin's 5 August post somewhat problematic. Here's what Henry wrote: "There is a rather simple criterion to distinguish views on Israel that are anti-Israel from those that are anti-Semitic. The criterion is whether the same persons who are critical of Israel's attacks in Gaza have been equally vocal of the even longer and more devastating attacks of the Syrian government and/or rebels in that country or the 'convert or die' tactics and scorched earth actions of ISIS. This test can be easily applied in Spain and France, where there is wide anti-Israel protest relative to the quiet and inaction on the conflagrations of ISIS or Syria. You can check the media reports on demonstrations on one issue and inaction on the others, despite the disproportion of killings and devastation in Syria. Many of our close friends in Spain have gone to multiple demonstrations to protest the Israeli response to the rockets and tunnels, but have never gone to any demonstrations regarding Syria and ISIS."
There are many grievous crimes against humanity going on in the world which people may or may not get passionate enough about to march in the streets against. Right now the murderous ISIS/ISIL pack of wolves has committed numerous atrocities and has trapped thousands of innocent people up a mountain in Northern Iraq with no water or food for days. No one has demonstrated about this, because it has happened relatively quickly and several governments have been trying to destroy the aggressors (but so far have failed). Now the US is dropping humanitarian aid and possibly assisting in destroying the aggressors with air power. So maybe we don't need to march against ISIS/ISIL, just bomb the hell out of them.
Another crime against humanity would be Hamas killing thousands of innocent Israelis with mortars and other missiles. That has not happened. Up to now Israel has a huge military power advantage, can attack any perceived enemy at will, and has been more than able to protect itself against any aggression. In fact, some very respectable and knowledgeable Jewish people think that Israeli extremists in power use these feeble attempts at "Israel destruction" as a pretext to conquer more territory and gain further advantages. So, no need to protest against mostly ineffective Palestinian extremists vowing to destroy Israel. Therefore, no one can look at a bunch of demonstrators anywhere and know if they are really against Jewish culture, Israel as a nation, or Netanyahu/Likud's criminal behavior against innocent people, because they are not protesting ISIS crimes.
Henry himself declared he is "openly critical of Netanyahu's tactics in Gaza." If he is passionate enough about it, he might go to the streets and demonstrate against Netanyahu's criminal behavior, declaring his concern for Palestinian children exposed to indiscriminate artillery barrages in their midst, which destroy schools, hospitals, and even UN shelters. An outsider might think Henry's demonstrations are anti-Semitic or anti-Israel, but I would know better.
JE comments: Another distinction between protesting against ISIS and against Israel's actions in Gaza is that the former certainly doesn't care about "Western" opinion.