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Palestinian = Anti-Semite

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Anyone who wants to understand the problem with the definition of anti-Zionism as a form of anti-Semitism should read Yair Netanyahu’s tweet about the French parliament’s decision last week to adopt that definition. “Do you realize that the French parliament has actually decided that Ahmad Tibi, Ayman Odeh and the whole Joint List are anti-Semites?” the prime minister’s son wrote.

It’s hard to think of a purer expression of “Netanyahu-esque manipulation” – a combination of legal bullying, emotional extortion and sophisticated engineering of meaning – than defining anti-Zionism as anti-Semitism and charmingly imposing it on foreign countries.

It’s almost possible to summarize Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s historic act with the fact that he managed to change the world’s opinion like a sock that came out of the laundry. Who could have imagined that in the United States, Britain and now France a remark that the Israel of the Declaration of Independence has become an ethnocracy, oppressing another nation, will be defined by law as anti-Semitism?

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