When Criticizing Israel Becomes Ritual

[National Post-Canada] Robert Fulford - Opposing Israel has become an institutionalized ritual. It's now a movement across Europe and North America. It has its traditions, like Israel Apartheid Week, celebrated every spring in universities, often the cause of riots and an occasion to intimidate Jewish students. Vehement opposition to Israel appears to be the major interest of thousands of people all over the world. Many are Muslims, sympathizing with the Palestinians, but many are not. Those involved often insist that it's not a matter of anti-Semitism. But in my personal observation, enemies of Israel often turn out to be anti-Semites as well. The most distressing quality of the attacks is their singularity. They leave us with the impression that Israel deserves more censure than any other country on Earth - in fact, more than all other countries combined. Those who oppose Israel's policies have a right to their opinions and their anger, however unreasonable. And those, like me, who are infuriated by the relentless and totally selective drumbeat, also have a right to our grave suspicions.

2009-08-21 08:00:00

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