CRITICISING Israel is not anti-Semitic. But attacking Zionism is another story. So begins Dennis Prager’s brilliant exegesis in the National Review this week. He asks us to imagine a group of people who work to destroy Italy because, they claim, Italy’s origins are illegitimate. He then asks us to imagine further that these people maintain that of all the countries in the world, only Italy is illegitimate. Finally he suggests we imagine that these people vigorously deny they are in any way anti-Italian.
Would we believe them? Or would we dismiss their argument as not only dishonest but absurd? Of course we would:
‘Substitute “Israel” for “Italy” and “Jew” for “Italian,” and you’ll understand the dishonesty and absurdity of the argument that one can be anti-Zionist but not anti-Semitic.’
Of course, as he says, that is precisely what anti-Zionists claim. You can read the rest of his acutely analysed article here.