It can happen that a criticism directed at the state of Israel can be unjustly considered anti-Semitic – both because those who unconditionally support the Israeli government wish to undermine all criticism of Israel by any means available, and also because Jews often feel so threatened by such criticism that they truly experience it as anti-Semitism. Whatever the case, such an accusation is unacceptable if it is not based on facts. However, we cannot ignore the fact that anti-Semites often use anti-Israel speech as a pretext for spreading hate against Jews. Greater vigilance in this respect, on the part of those critics of Israel who are genuinely acting out of antiracist concerns, would help to create a more healthy public debate.

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