Thursday, March 18, 2010

Overuse Of The Anti-Semitism Accusation

By GARY BAUMGARTEN
Paltalk News Network


Some people are too quick to use the term anti-Semitism. So quick that - when it actually occurs - people sometimes turn a deaf ear.

Such is the case of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's brother-in-law's accusation that President Obama is an anti-Semite.

To his credit, Netanyahu has distanced himself from his wife's brother's imprudent comments.

Hagi Ben-Artzi apparently believes that Obama's criticism of Israel's decision to build more apartment units in East Jerusalem smacks of anti-Semitism. But if Israel is to be taken seriously as a sovereign nation, it must be prepared to take criticism without dismissing it out-of-hand as anti-Semitism.

There are other phrases - mostly uttered by Israel's opponents - that are also overused. Like genocide. Holocaust. Nazism.

Israelis - and many Americans - are not pleased that Obama remained silent, for example, when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran, talked - once again - about eradicating Israel. But jumped all over this decision to build more apartments in an area of East Jerusalem that's predominantly Jewish already.

It's fair to criticize Obama for this inconstancy. But calling Obama an anti-Semite is about as fair as accusing Israel of being Nazis.

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