Tag: Anti-Semitism

Invoking ‘Anti-Semitism’ to Silence People Works – Until It Doesn’t. Then What?

Musician and activist Roger Waters is the latest public figure targeted for cancelation on charges of anti-Semitism, but the heavy-handed pressure tactic is actually doing advocates of Israel more harm than good. Waters got advertisements for his concert tour yanked from Major League Baseball platforms, after the Jewish organization B’nai Brith wrote an angry letter to MLB last month. The...

How the Israeli Government Is Exploiting the Tragedy of the Holocaust

I guess it should come as no surprise. Everything about contemporary Israel is embroiled in exploitation of traditions and history for political gain, so why should the Holocaust be any different? Well, for one thing, it’s the most profound catastrophe in Jewish history. And that includes some pretty devastating events, such as the Roman conquest, the Spanish Inquisition, the Crusades,...

Reclaiming the Narrative: How to Combat Israel’s Misuse of “Antisemitism”

At a talk I delivered in Northern England in March 2018, I proposed that the best response to falsified accusations of antisemitism, which are often lobbed against pro-Palestinian communities and intellectuals everywhere, is to draw even closer to the Palestinian narrative. In fact, my proposal was not meant to be a sentimental response in any way. “Reclaiming the Palestinian narrative”...