Thu Jul 31, 2014, 12:26 PM
yurbud (36,194 posts)
If those who criticize the foreign policy of Israel are anti-Semites...
does that make those who criticize Russia's anti-Slavites? Or who criticize Iran anti-Persians or anti-Islamites?
Can we have one definition of racism or prejudice that applies to ALL religions or ALL ethnicities or ALL nationalities equally?
I post this because I posted a question about public acceptance of our Israel policy and someone else sent an alert that said it was anti-Semitic.
I have dated Jewish girls. I lived on the Westside of LA for twenty years where quite a few people are Jewish, and one of my best friends is Jewish, and did me at least one favor that made my life dramatically better for quite a while (and incidentally, I never saw this guy get a helping hand from any hidden Jewish cabal, which disappointed both of us).
I wish Jews a happy future and prosperity, and even in the post someone alerted as anti-Semitic, I said I would be glad to settle the Israel/Palestine problem but letting all of either side or both sides immigrate to the United States, which not incidentally, is arguably LESS anti-Semitic than one of our government's original motives for supporting the founding of Israel--reducing the number of Jews to the US (not because they are Jews but simply because our economy might not have been able to absorb so many immigrants along with returning vets).
There has been a lot of anti-Russia and anti-Putin talk here lately, and while a lot of it is cynical shilling for a dangerous and corrupt foreign policy, I don't for a second think that it's primarily racist or anti-Orthodox Christian.
A broader form of this problem on DU is the use of the "hater" and "lover" meme, ie, if you disagree with Obama, you are an Obama-hater and Republican-lover, or if you disagree with treating Russia like a pariah, you are a Putin-lover.
DU should be a place policy discussions, and unless somebody actually says that a particular race, religion, or ethnicity is inferior, evil, lazy, or somehow lesser than other people, we should not tolerate accusations of racism, anti-Semitism, or whatever anymore than we tolerate actual expression of racism, anti-Semitism and the like.
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If those who criticize the foreign policy of Israel are anti-Semites... (Original post)
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Thu Jul 31, 2014, 12:27 PM
el_bryanto (10,854 posts)
1. It's a rhetorical weapon - used to shut down debate.
That's the purpose of it. Same with "Obama Hater" or "Putin Lover."