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It isn’t anti-Semitic to be anti-Israel and its contempt for international law

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20.12.2018

Israel is determined to be both racist and extremist in the hope that the world will continue to ignore and, indeed, condone this fact. Its dictum is that attack is the best form of defence and it is trying to delegitimise Palestinian resistance to its occupation by condemning Hamas and Islamic Jihad as “terrorist groups”. Israel and the US failed in their effort to get the UN General Assembly to agree, despite intense pressure applied by the outgoing US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley.

In a similar vein, the EU has recently adopted a definition of “anti-Semitism” that does not conflate such racism with being anti-Zionism and anti-Israel. Europe refuses to include anti-Zionism and the campaigns to boycott Israel as examples of anti-Semitism, which has disappointed Israel and its supporters, who openly try to benefit from public opinion which very rightly condemns anti-Semitism. Israel is also trying to benefit from the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe and the US, in order to gain support for its policies.

The failed attempt to push through the resolution at the UN condemning legitimate Palestinian resistance as terrorism was trying to latch onto the global anti-terrorism agenda. People living under occupation, let us remind ourselves, have every right under international law to resist that occupation by any means at hand. The Palestinians, in other words, have an inalienable right to resist; to do so is not terrorism and nor, by the way, is it........

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