Editor:This article from the Toronto Sun we believe sums up a very important truth in recognizing valid criticisms of Israel or simply ignorant Jew-haters. Included here for reference, education, research, referral and archival purposes. There is no profit to be gained by recording it here other than the above reasons.
How to spot a Jew hater
That is, that you can’t criticize Israel without being called an anti-Semite, or, to use the more specific and accurate term, a Jew hater. This claim, of course, is nonsense.
All sorts of Israeli Jews — including former directors of Israel’s internal security service, the Shin Bet — are critical of Israeli policies in Gaza and the West Bank and no one calls them Jew haters.
The same goes for Israel’s oldest, most liberal and, some would say, most influential newspaper — Haaretz — but its staff aren’t Jew haters either.
Indeed, there are many Jews living outside of Israel in the diaspora, and non-Jews all over the world, who regularly criticize Israel for human rights violations, who are not Jew haters.
Given this ongoing confusion about who is, and who isn’t, a Jew hater, I have a simple, accurate test for making this determination which, as a public service, I will share with you today.
That is, if a political party, church, charity, non-government organization, religious or student group, media pundit or anyone else tells you they are proud to support boycotting Israel through BDS in light of its human rights violations against the Palestinians, ask them this simple question.
“Really? That’s interesting! What other countries are you boycotting because of their human rights violations?”
If what you get in reply is a blank, uncomprehending stare, stunned silence or a lot of stammering and bafflegab that doesn’t answer your question, then you know: Jew haters.
If, on the other hand, they can demonstrate a credible record of condemning with equal force and consistency human rights violations in, for example, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan, Sudan, Ethiopia, North Korea, China, Russia, Zimbabwe, etc., and calling for equal sanctions against them, then you know: Not Jew haters.
Why? Because, as Allah only knows, Israel isn’t the only country on Earth, and certainly not the only one in the Mideast, that has ever violated the human rights of its minorities, and sometimes, even majorities.
Condemning that isn’t Jew hatred.
On the other hand, condemning Israel exclusively, obsessively and selectively is.
Indeed, the BDS campaign is particularly insidious because, as the Parliament of Canada rightly noted in passing a Conservative-led motion condemning it earlier this year by a margin of 229 to 51, it specifically “promotes the demonization and delegitimization of the State of Israel.”
In other words, this isn’t just your average, run-of-the-mill protest in favour of human rights.
The true purpose of the BDS campaign for those who support it, while consistently and willfully ignoring other human rights violations around the world, is to promote the Big Lie that Israel is the worst human rights violator on Earth, comparable to South Africa under apartheid or, ironically and despicably, Germany under the Nazis.
That is not only a lie, it’s a modern version of the blood libel — the ancient false, Jew-hating accusation that persists in some parts of the world even today, that Jews murder Christian children to use their blood to bake matzah — unleavened bread — during Passover.
It really all comes down to the maxim that while not all critics of Israel are Jew haters, all Jew haters are critics of Israel.