- Anti-Semitism and Zionism in the Debate on the Palestinian Issue
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- by Kelman, Herbert C.
- The heated debate about the Palestinian issue and Israeli actions in the occupied territories often confronts me with a dilemma. To begin with, I have trouble with any attempt to structure the issue as one between supporters of Israel versus supporters of the Palestinian cause. I consider myself to be both pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian. Moreover, I consider many of the protagonists in these debates—whichever side they claim to support—to be working against the interests of both sides in this tragic conflict. In particular, I am profoundly alienated by the rhetoric of some elements on both sides of the debate: both by those who use their totally legitimate criticism on Israeli policies and practices as a warrant for anti-Semitic pronouncements and by those who use the totally appropriate rejection of anti-Semitism an other forms of racism in any decent society as a weapon to delegitimize all criticism of Israeli policies and practices.
- Publication Type: Published Paper
- Publisher: Bunim & Bannigan Ltd.
- Published Date: July 2007
- Field of Interest: Global Issues
- Kelman, Herbert C. "Anti-Semitism and Zionism in the Debate on the Palestinian Issue." In Peace, Justice, and Jews: Reclaiming Our Tradition (3rd edition). Murray Polner and Stefan Merken, eds. New York: Bunim & Bannigan Ltd, 2007.