You are spot on. I agree with this sentence of yours 100%. However there is criticism and there is criticism, if you know what I mean. And there are plenty of criticsms that are levelled against Israel on a daily basis, which ARE definitely antisemitic in nature. Whether the person levelling the criticism is antisemitic him or herself or not, is not the issue. The criticism itself can be antisemitic. To illustrate that point, I urge you to read Sylvia's very thoughtful response. I urge you to think about it because her response was definitely not a knee jerk reaction. She was just making a point by talking about an Australia that is not as she described (I know because I am an Australian too). She just wanted to illustrate that irrational and ignorant criticism levelled without research is not valid. Moreover that type of criticism is antisemitic and unwarranted ...Originally Posted by Davosown
I also urge you to think about Aliyah's response because he makes a valid point too. Only you know whether you are motivated by antisemitism or not when you criticize Israel. But depending on the criticism that you make, the criticism itself may be antisemitic no matter how much you protest about it. In fact, some people try to disguise their hatred of Jews by criticising Israel in unreasonable ways. And when someone else accuses them of antisemitism, they try to deflect it by the counter criticism that Israel should not be above criticism. That's true and many Jews prove it by being the harshest critics of Israel. Most of those Jews are NOT antisemites and some of the criticisms of Israel are valid. Although some of the Jews too, who criticize Israel, ARE antisemitic. We call them self hating Jews. Just as there are some self hating Australians who are driven by misguided ideologies.