Gil Mildar
As the song says, a Latin American with no money in his pocket.

Unveiling Contradictions: A Deeper Look at the Anti-Semitism Debate

The street, this open vein of the city, pulses with the urgency of those who still believe the world can be patched up with posters and shouts. It’s a living display case of discontent, the spectacle of contemporary causes and crusades. These are no longer mere protests; they’ve become a shadow theater where each actor plays their part—some, sadly, without full awareness of the plot they support.

The demonstrations spill over the bounds of reason, showcasing the easy confusion between legitimate criticism and corrosive hate. The fine, delicate line is crossed with the voracity of one consuming a forbidden fruit: anti-Semitism, disguised as political rhetoric, poisons the feast of good intentions.

Somewhere in this tangle, the flags that cry out for democracy, for freedom, and for the right to be, now flutter in a dubious wind. I ponder on the groups, so diverse and colorful, who defend the right to difference—feminists, LGBTQIAP+, left-wing activists—and wonder if they don’t see the contradiction in their unanimous condemnation of Israel.

Hypocrisy is a flame that warms the inflamed speeches. It would be naive to overlook that, in the Middle East, it is Israel where difference is not just tolerated but protected. Where else in that land stirred by gods and men could one walk hand in hand with freedom without fearing the abrupt cut of the guillotine of hate?

Boycotts gain strength, radical proposals that suggest a return to a pre-technological era, as we scorn the fruits of Israeli minds that blossom in our backyards. From apps to medical advancements, Israel has left its indelible mark on the canvas of human innovation.

But the core of the matter beats deeper and more painfully. Those now vociferating against Israel, demanding we renounce these gifts of human intellect, play a dangerous game. Coherence is the first casualty when we rush to demonize an entire country, failing to distinguish between the decisions of its leaders and the lives of its citizens.

The truth is we are creatures of comfort and contradiction. We live in a tangle of connections and dependencies so intricate that to give up one part is to challenge the integrity of the whole. Modernity is a web woven with threads from across the globe, and Israel is one of the most diligent spiders in this process.

I believe in the power of words, in their ability to transform and elucidate. But I also know they can become weapons, fired indiscriminately, wounding innocents while aiming for tyrants. Anti-Semitism is not just an opinion; it’s a stray bullet in the war for justice.

Those now raising their fists in solidarity with Palestine must ask themselves if they are willing to follow through on the logic of their convictions to the end. Will they really set aside medical advancements, technologies, and fundamental freedoms that, ironically, have one of their most vigorous guardians in Israel?

Each generation faces its own storm of contradictions. Ours seems determined to sail a sea of rhetoric without a compass, where just criticism is eclipsed by scandal and sensationalism. Anti-Semitism then becomes a dangerous fashion, a political accessory many seem willing to wear without understanding the cost.

Modern life is a complex mosaic, and Israel is one of its most intricate pieces. Faced with the dilemma of how to act toward the Middle East conflicts, we must seek a path that allows us to be critical without being blind, fair without being unfair, and above all, human without inhumanity.

There is something profoundly disheartening about witnessing the rebirth of a hatred as old as the concept of nation itself. Those who stand against intolerance, paradoxically, often capitulate to its most cunning form.

It’s easy to agitate against apparent injustice, difficult to keep a steady hand on the helm when the waters of hypocrisy threaten to sink the ship of reason. The complexity of the debate over Israel is a test of our ability to understand the world in shades of gray, not just black and white.

In the end, the streets quiet down, the protests fade, and what remains is the deafening silence of a question: will we be able to recognize and reject anti-Semitism, not as a passing fad, but as an evil that must be eradicated with the same fervor with which we seek equality and justice?

And in the mirror of that silence, perhaps we’ll see ourselves as we truly are: contradictory, complicated, and deeply human, struggling to balance our ideologies with the reality of a world that is never as simple as we’d like it to be.

About the Author
Gil Mildar is a 60-year-old Brazilian who made Aliyah a few years ago. He holds a Law degree from the Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos in Brazil and a postgraduate degree in Marketing from the Universidad de Belgrano in Argentina. Over the years, he has had the opportunity to work in Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, and now Israel. For the past 30 years, his focus has been on marketing projects in Latin America.