Sunday 19 January 2020

Criticising Israel not anti-Semitic

colonel Desmond Travers, a contributor to the UN's Goldstone report on Gaza, is reported as being branded an anti-Semite by The Jerusalem Centre for Public Affairs.

Israel's repeated, exploitative, and indiscriminate use of the accusation of anti-Semitism against anyone who is critical of Israel's actions is not only grossly offensive, but serves to trivialise anti-Semitism and even to belittle the memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

The deliberate misinterpretation of criticism of Israel as being applicable to all members of the Jewish faith is in itself anti-Semitic.

The regular and abusive misuse of the term anti-Semitism is an insult to Jewish people throughout the world, and to responsible critics of Israel, such as Col Travers.

Holocaust denial is rightly a crime -- perhaps the time has come to treat the casual accusation of anti-Semitism similarly.

Paul Kelly
Dublin 7

Irish Independent

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