SOCIALISTS SHOULD DEFEND THE RIGHT OF THE OPPRESSED TO RESIST THE VIOLENCE OF THE OPPRESSOR We should show our solidarity by rallying around the call made by Palestinians themselves for an international campaign to boycott, divest and sanction Israel, just as apartheid South Africa faced a similar campaign decades ago.
BUT, ARE WE ANTI-SEMITIC? 1. If you think ‘Israel’, ‘Zionists’ and ‘Jews’ are interchangeable terms, you may well be anti-semitic. 2. If you think a Jewish conspiracy controls the media/international finance/politics/the BBC, you are anti-semitic. There is no conspiracy. I’m well-connected in the Jewish community so I’d definitely be invited and I’ve heard nothing. 3. If you use the term ‘Rothschild’ to imply ‘Jews’, you are definitely an anti-semite. And congratulations on using the exact same words as the Nazis and those who incited the Tsarist pogroms, etc. 4. If you try and hide your belief in a ‘Jewish conspiracy’ by using the term ‘Zionist conspiracy’, you’re fooling no-one. Unless you genuinely believe the Israeli government is behind everything, its clear you’re including other Jews in your ‘conspiracy’. 5. If your only defence is ‘Jews aren’t a race so I’m not racist’ or ‘Jews aren’t the only semites so I’m not an anti-semite’, or if you see antisemitism as somehow less important than other forms of racism, then you’re most likely an anti-semite. 6. If you think every Jew needs to condemn Israel in every tweet, comment, etc, then you may be an anti-semite (see point 1). 6. Supporting the desire of Palestinians for legitimate self-determination, human rights and their own state, and condemning Israeli government policies does not make someone anti-semitic. But see points 1–6. 29 A test from David Schneider October 2016