As a Jew, the son of a Holocaust survivor who lost almost 40 members of her family in Therisenstadt & Auschwitz, the 1st MP to introduce a motion on the Holocaust in the South African parliament & some1 who has lectured on genocide prevention at Auschwitz I hold this 2b true.
– Andrew Feinstein
Criticism of the Israeli government is not Antisemitism. Do not let anyone silence you.
There are many Jewish people who criticise Israel’s human rights abuses in Gaza City and the West Bank. It is not antisemitic to criticise Israeli government decisions.
There are many Jewish people who criticise Judaism as a religion and a collection of ideas. In fact, because they’re the ones who know the most about it, it tends to come from Jews more than anyone else. It is not antisemitic to criticise Judaism as a religion.
If the only response you have to any criticism of Israeli government decisions or Judaism is “antisemitism”, or if you think goyim are not allowed to have opinions about the political situation in the occupied territories, you are doing the Jews of the world, and their diverse opinions and identities, a horrible disservice.
Yes, I know who these guys are and why they are protesting.
Last April, I posted about how Israeli authorities have refused to display adverts informing female airline passengers they are not obliged to change seats at the request of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men who do not want to sit next to them, and how if formed part of a pattern of religious discrimination.
Recently, El Al promised it would comply with a court order and no longer promote religious discrimination by asking women to move seats for no good reason.
Some good news for a change.
Recently, there’s been a flap of accusations of “antisemitism” because I made some posts that refer to Judaism. I found this image online to help the hard of thinking understand the difference between antisemitism and legitimate criticism.
Antisemitism is a real problem that all governments need to work on, but shutting down discussion and pretending to find antisemitism where there is none is counterproductive to that goal.
I’d add the following:
Criticising religions is not the same thing as criticising people. Muslims and Jews and atheists are people and deserve the same respect as anyone else. Islam and Judaism and atheism, however, are ideas, and as such are open for discussion, attack, mockery and any other form of criticism.
Moreover, if you’re fine with my posts critical of Islam and Christianity, but you reflexively characterise even the most anodyne criticism of Judaism as “antisemitism”, that says more about you than it does about me.
They’re not in equal amounts, but the point is that no one is safe. Do you really want me to make an exception for Judaism? You want Judaism to be above criticism and mockery and satire? And you think I’m the one singling out Judaism for special attention?
I will continue to make posts about Islam and Christianity and Hinduism and Judaism and any other religion as I see fit, and I will continue to welcome and engage with any legitimate criticism of those posts.
If you honestly feel that any of my posts are genuinely antisemitic, please contact tumblr support using this form. They will take it seriously.
Last year, an 82-year-old Holocaust survivor was asked by El Al cabin crew to move after a strictly Orthodox Jewish male passenger refused to be seated next to her on one of the company’s flights.
This week, Israeli authorities have refused to display adverts informing female airline passengers they are not obliged to change seats at the request of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men who do not want to sit next to them.
If Israel wants to promote the view that they are the only functional democracy in the Middle East, this is not the way to do it.
What is it about religion that leads so many of their followers to hate women?
I keep getting messages like this every time I post anything remotely critical of the Israeli government or Judaism, in a way I don’t when I criticise any other government or religion. There seems to be an organised effort, at least partly paid for and coordinated by the Israeli government, to attack any criticisms of Israel in this manner.
If that sounds like a conspiracy theory, educate yourself on what the Israelis call their international propaganda operation: hasbara.
- Islam is not a race. Islam is a set of ideas and can be criticised like
all ideas. Criticism of Islam is not racism.
- Israeli government policies are not a race. The Judaic religion is not a race. Criticism of the Israeli government or of Judaism is not racism.
- Criticisms of
Christianity or atheism or communism aren’t racism either.
Do not let anyone talk you into this bullshit. Question everything.
So the Talmud doesn’t say what I said it says? Rabbis haven’t molested children? Unsafe circumcision is no longer a practice? God didn’t command the Israelites to murder entire tribes? You’re kidding, right? Like I told the last person, you refuse to know what I know; you refuse to do what I’ve done. If you want to cherry pick, that’s fine, but let’s not act like your religion is without blemish because it damn sure isn’t.