A lot of people have a lot of complaints against the states that are supposed to protect them but that actually harm them. Let’s set aside the non-democracies because their abuse is a given. Let’s only look at democracies. They too harm citizens.
Sometimes democratic states hurt their populations by design. There are many clear examples. Letting big capitalist industries rob the population of their wealth: the pharmaceutical, weapon, banking, cigarette, car, meat industries, to name a few biggies. Indoctrinating people to support war or the death penalty. Encouraging television and other addictions to keep them from revolting. Playing sections of the population against each other.
Sometimes democratic states hurt their citizens by abuse, some powerful people or traditions abusing the system. Politicians who lie, corruption, oppressive laws on the books.
Sometimes democratic states hurt their populace by neglect. Vulnerable people are not enough cared for or protected, dangerous people are not disempowered enough. As if a good life is only for the “happy few.”
Democracy is a terrible system but there is nothing better.
Israel, the democratic Home State of the Jews, is no exception to the rules above. It’s not paradise in action yet. So there could be a lot to complain about it.
Now, there are a number of extraordinary complaints against the Jewish State that go beyond the above. That it would be more oppressive, capitalist, aggressive, murderous than other countries. These complaints fall into two categories.
- It’s just propaganda and baseless slander by anti-Semites.
- It’ the result of the wars and terrorism wrecked on it and they also only stem from anti-Semitism.
So, here you have a simple two-rule idea. If there is a complaint against Israel, it’s either ordinary or it’s not. If it’s ordinary, why all the attention on it? (Other than to promote Jews’ hatred.) If it’s not ordinary, it’s either an anti-Semitic fable or the result of anti-Semitic action against Israel.
This is true because not only are Jew human like anyone else, they are sometimes on average even sweeter. But certainly not worse. So all demonizing of Israel or Jews can be simply dismissed by: you are spreading anti-Semitic filth; Jews are very fine people.