Anti-Semitism Camouflaged as “Legitimate Criticism” of Israel
I am a proud Jew, a proud Zionist and someone who is not ashamed to admit that I am at times, very unhappy with the Israeli policies regarding the settlements on the West Bank and Israeli military rule over 2 million Palestinians. That said, this J-Street member and child of the Holocaust is all too aware of the sad fact that anti-Semitism was never eradicated and seems to blossom anew in every generation the world over. And no, anti-Semitism is not limited to right-wing supremacists who believe their race, religion or nationality is somehow superior to everyone else. In fact, many supposedly enlightened, progressive thinking people who want to believe that they are too sophisticated to be guilty of holding prejudices towards any group, can be quite contemptuous of the Jewish people.
The above cartoon was published on the web sit of Ministry of Education in Belgium. According to the Times of Israel:
The cartoon appeared on the ministry website as part of an exercise in which teachers are asked to analyze the cartoon with one of three statements: “This is a Palestinian fleeing Jews;” “Jews want the entire area of Palestine back;” or “Jews call Palestine Israel.”