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Anti-Zionism merely verbal sleight of hand

Published 06/05/2016

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Amalia Michael (Write Back, May 4) is completely correct that: "Of course, some of the acts of the citizens and government of Israel should be condemned. There is no country in the world which can claim that it and its citizens are perfect."

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement's campaign against Israel has recast itself as anti-Zionist in order to dissociate itself from the opprobrium resulting from the previous incarnation of anti-Semitism under the Nazis. As Ms Michael observes: "Most people... seemed to agree that anti-Semitism was wrong, but that it was reasonable to condemn the so-called 'apartheid' behaviour of the State of Israel."

This current obsession with the distinction between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism reminds me of the wise words of the late Professor Isaiah Berlin, that "anti-Semitism means hating Jews more than is absolutely necessary".

The BDS' verbal sleight of hand has merely substituted hatred of Jews as a nation state for hatred of Jews as a racial entity. Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose.

MARTIN D STERN

Salford, Greater Manchester

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