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We should talk about systemic antisemitism

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According to news reports, Canada’s “Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau told his Israeli counterparts that the building of settlements, evictions, demolitions in East Jerusalem should cease to ease tensions and prevent another round of violence in the region”. Ah, if life could be that simple!

I read that, and I thought to myself, is Garneau unaware of reality? Does he really believe that Hamas showers rockets on Israel because it is concerned about the settlements in the West Bank or a few possible evictions in East Jerusalem? Does he really think that suspending these activities will prevent further attacks by Hamas?

A closer look at what Garneau said provides part of the answer. He said, “The continued building of settlements, and the evictions and demolitions in East Jerusalem should cease, and so that was the message we carried, because we think that is potentially provocative”. “Potentially provocative” does not convey a sense of immediate cause and effect which is what the word “prevent” implies. Garneau never used the word “prevent” as far as I can tell, yet that is the word that several media outlets used, giving a far stronger meaning to Garneau’s words than he seems to have intended.

The same media outlets also repeated the misleading claim that the latest Gaza-Israel fighting “was precipitated by clashes over Israeli plans to remove several families from Sheikh Jarrah, a predominantly Palestinian neighborhood in East Jerusalem”. That was Hamas’ excuse, yes, which many people bought into without thinking, but Hamas attacks Israel for a much simpler reason — because it rejects Israel’s very existence. Yahya Sinwar, the Hamas........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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