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Peter Reynolds

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Definition of Antisemitism

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I fully support the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism:

“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”

However, I do not support and I strongly oppose the examples given by the IHRA which are nothing to do with Jews or Judaism but are about support of the war criminal state of Israel. Specifically:

“Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.”

This is nothing to do with antisemitism, Jews or Judaism. It is, sadly, an entirely appropriate, justified and accurate comparison of the conduct of the Israeli state with the conduct of the Nazis.  It is particularly ironic and cruel that the state established as the homeland for Jewish people, who suffered such dreadful persecution, should conduct itself in such similar fashion.

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Written by Peter Reynolds

July 18, 2018 at 11:43 am

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  1. Under such a definition, can there be any legitimate criticism or critique of Jews and their actions that is not deemed “anti-Semitic”?!

    larryzb

    July 21, 2018 at 3:25 am

  2. […] of a modern civilised society.  The Labour Party’s refusal to adopt those examples in the IHRA definition of antisemitism which are merely Israeli propaganda is […]


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