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Two recent articles in Der Spiegel discuss the debated issue of the correct definition of anti-Semitism. The background of this discussion is the fact that Der Spiegel journalist Ronen Bergman was labeled as being anti-Semitic because of his criticism of the attitude of the Israeli government towards Palestinians in the occupied territories..
In fact, as Bergman rightly points out, quite deliberately, and as an insidious means of guilt manipulation, ‘in recent years, Israeli Jews have often confused anti-Israel rhetoric with anti-Semitism. One cannot legitimately criticise the abuses of the Israeli government towards the Palestinians without being accused of being anti-Semitic and becoming the target of hate speech. It happened to me countless times in the last years. So, what is really anti-Semitism?
Here is a fragment from a polemic between Spiegel columnist Jakob Augstein, himself accused of anti-Semitism by the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center because of his criticism to the Israeli government, and Dieter Graumann, leader of the Jewish community in Germany: Continue reading “What Is Anti-Semitism?”