Debunking the 2 claims: anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism, and BDS unfairly singles out Israel

Johnson, Donald

Publisher:  Mondoweiss
Date Written:  30/07/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX21142

The author points out the falsehoods surrounding the two most common claims by those who oppose actions in support of Palestinian rights.


Excerpt: There are two claims one commonly hears from people opposed to any serious action taken in favor of Palestinian rights.

The first is that old standby, that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism. This claim is meant to intimidate; the intent is to prevent the root of the problem from being discussed. One starts off privileging the Zionist position as unassailably correct and then one can discuss to what extent Palestinians have rights that can be granted after negotiation.

The second claim is closely related: Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) unfairly singles out Israel and therefore (you guessed it) is anti-Semitic.

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