Shuck and Jive

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

What is Anti-Semitism?

Viola Larson has trouble writing a post about Israel/Palestine without using the word "anti-Semitism" in some form or another. I counted 18 posts on the topic since February 25th. Of those 18, 10 contained the word anti-Semitic or anti-Semitism.

Her latest post linked to an article by the former editor of Christian Century magazine, James Wall, who Viola writes has "anti-Semitic leanings." I am not sure what the label means but it seems to be used against anyone who criticizes the activities of the modern state of Israel. Israel can do anything it wants. If you criticize its policies or activities, you are anti-Semitic. The label is a form of bullying.

I am pleased that she made the post, though. In it she linked to Wall's article, Do Not Call It a Military Conflict; It's The Occupation, Stupid:

This is not a conflict, my friends. It is an Occupation created and enforced by superior military power over a imprisoned population.

It is an Occupation institutionalized behind a Wall that is not about security but all about protecting the Israeli public and the outside world from seeing what Israel’s right-wing rulers do daily in their name.

As folks like the Christian Peacemaker Teams report to us constantly, what is not being seen, and certainly not reported in US media, is a brutal, death-dealing, racially-oriented Occupation carried out by an Israeli government unrestrained by any outside power.

The world witnessed Israel's brutality last year in Gaza.

Important discussion and action will occur at this summer's General Assembly when the GA receives the report from The Middle East Study Committee.