Anti-Zionism Is Ḥutspah with Blood on It

Responding to the series of anti-Semitic outbursts from Labor-party politicians in Britain—for which some 50 members have been suspended—the novelist Howard Jacobson picks apart the disingenuous argument that “criticism of Israel” or “anti-Zionism” must be distinguished from “anti-Semitism.” Of course, argues Jacobson, these things are in theory distinct, but the “criticism of Israel” being defended generally consists of lies, distortions, and fervid denunciation. And for Europeans to denounce Zionism, the “liberation movement of the Jewish people,” is “ḥutspah with blood on it.” (Interview by Chris Cook; video, 18 minutes.)

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