Sunday, February 1, 2009

Anti-Israel Sentiments Spill Into Antisemitism

"Jewish people yes! Zionists no!"

We hear this cry by those protesting the state of Israel. Those who insist that their anti-Israeli sentiments are clearly political, not religious in nature.

And while that may be true for some, even the majority, of those who oppose Israel, many Jews feel that the attacks are directed at their religion, not the country.

An indication that the lines between anti-Zionism and antisemitism are sometimes blurred can be seen today in Venezuela, where a synagogue has been vandalized, the latest in a series of attacks on Jewish institutions there since President Hugo Chavez expelled Israel's ambassador following the invasion of Gaza.

It should be noted that Chavez has condemned the attacks. But it's clear that some people can't separate anti-Israeli sentiments from their hatred of Jews.

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