“I’m not an antisemite, I’m for Israel, but against the occupation.” It’s like: “I don’t hate women, I’m for feminism, but women should know when to shut up.” As a self-proclaimed ally, did you retain the right to judge and condemn the oppressed because your perspective stays superior?
Dreadful, always, when one needs to profess not being an antisemite. And, actually, that is not the issue at all. The issue is if what you did or said is antisemitic. Your heart is not at trial. You can be the greatest lover of kids in the world, but that still doesn’t entitle you to abuse them.
Actually, a non-Antisemite who spews Antisemitism sounds worse than an Antisemite who spews Antisemitism. The latter, at least, got used to this hateful theory. The former says hateful things without an ideological basis.
Most eye-catching is that some have the audacity to condemn Jews as if we’re still the world’s powerless inferior servants. Diaspora oppression is over. We’re now free to think, reason, feel, and defend ourselves. Many arrogant non-Jews aren’t even aware of their chutzpa. Our humble non-Jewish allies should teach them. Don’t lecture us as if you are morally superior to us. Try equality, if it is hard to admit that the Jewish Sages were light years ahead of everyone when they wrote down the Talmud.
Bernie Sanders once defended his anti-Israel stance by remarking: If the whole world condemns it, they must be doing something wrong. This is like saying: If the whole world says that women are weaker/more stupid, they can’t be equals. This way, any oppressed group, and especially any oppressed minority, must be justly demonized. My reply: I love you too.
(Sanders’ ideas root exclusively in ‘facts’ from Haaretz, Al Jazeera, and other rabid anti-Zionistic sources. He’s not guilty of being lied to, but, as a seasoned politician, he’s liable for his curious, selective newsgathering.)