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Question 14.11:
Can't you criticize Israel without being antisemitic?


Criticism that habitually singles out Israel for criticism while ignoring far worse actions by other countries (especially other Middle Eastern countries) is generally perceived as anti-Jewish. Likening Israel to Nazi Germany, or to traditional anti-Jewish stereotypical behavior is another sure sign of Jew-baiting.

It's also better to criticize within the Jewish community, rather than airing dirty laundry that can be twisted and used against us. Jewish newspapers are regularly filled with lively debate on Israel.

See the superb essay "Judging Israel" by Charles Krauthammer, Time magazine, February 26, 1990.

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