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Bundestag Members, Am I anti-Semitic?

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I want nothing from you, whether bad or good, Germany! That’s what I have to say, as a Jewish Israeli woman, to Germany, whose politicians have determined – under cover of opposition to the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement – that I and my colleagues in the battle against Israeli policy deserve to be called anti-Semites.

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The fact that you murdered my mother’s family and millions of other members of my people doesn’t give you the right to determine who is anti-Semitic, Germany. Yet you asserted this right in the sanctimonious resolution passed by a majority of the Bundestag on May 17, 2019.

It wasn’t the issue of BDS (whose rejection wasn’t even properly explained) that stood at the heart of the resolution, not at all. The vast majority of the long text defines anti-Semitism. In so doing, German legislators produced a tortuous, garbled and confused text whose true core is the equation of anti-Semitism with criticism of Israel’s policy.

The resolution doesn’t contain even a hint of the processes Israel and Israeli society have undergone in recent years. Yet these processes have brought Israel to the brink of its own ruin and that of all its inhabitants, Jewish and non-Jewish alike – to the point that Israel has become the most dangerous place in the world for Jews, and quite a few people are fleeing it.

The loathsome resolution passed by the German parliament contains no mention that Israel’s parliament and cabinet include men and women who advocate fascist ideologies – a national Jewish dictatorship and the oppression of other peoples, above all the Palestinian people, in all the territory Israel controls, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River. There is no mention that these ideologies have for years orchestrated new laws with a gradualism and deceptiveness that recall the processes Germany itself underwent in the years before World War II.

According to the Bundestag’s decision, a radical struggle against Israeli policy – in which........

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