[Marxism] France's conflation of anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism is anti-liberte

Philip Ferguson philipferguson8 at gmail.com
Sun Dec 8 21:17:39 MST 2019

by *Daphna Whitmore*

Last week France passed a law that equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism.
It is based on a definition
<https://www.holocaustremembrance.com/working-definition-antisemitism> of
anti-Semitism that includes criticism of Israel such as: “Denying the
Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the
existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor,” or “by applying
double standards to Israel not demanded of any other nation”.

How do Palestinians struggle against their second class status within
Israel and the continued occupation of the West Bank and Gaza now? This law
targets the Palestinian resistance and aims to delegitimise any challenge
to Zionism.

Similar laws are evident in other parts of Europe and in the US. The US has
27 states that oppose the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign
against Israel, on the premise that the campaign is anti-Semitic.

The wording of the French legislation includes a definition of Israel “as a
collective composed of Jewish citizens.” This gives credence to the
Nation-State Law in Israel which enshrines the second class status of
Palestinians and other non-Jews in Israel.

As Haaretz writer Gideon Levy asks
” If Israel is a collective of Jewish citizens, what are the Palestinian
citizens? And what are. . . .

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