Although it is legitimate to criticise Zionism, the anti-Zionist vocabulary is often suspect and reveals genuine anti-Semitic tendencies: the word ‘Zionist’ serves to conceal the word ‘Jew,’ and ‘Zionism’ is another way of saying ‘international Jewish conspiracy.’ It is undeniable that deeply anti-Semitic opinions go completely unchallenged in certain milieus, for the simple reason that they are disguised as anti-Zionism. Such opinions must be denounced, independent of any position with regard to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Anyone who wishes in good faith to criticise Israeli politics should be able to do so without needing to resort to anti-Zionism. All they need to say, clearly and concretely, is that they are criticising the Israeli government and its leaders.

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