I am just writing this as a reminder that there are boundaries that are crossed now and again on ATS. Either one accused of being an anti-Semite, or
accusing a topic being anti-Semitic in its context. Do not get me wrong, I am trying to find out why people are immediately accused of an-Semitism
when it comes to questioning Israel’s foreign policy. But why does anti-Semitism constantly pop up on these boards when talking about Israel? Why
are some people sensitive to relatively anything regarding this country? Why does anything negative about Israel’s policies wind up being
anti-Semitic? I had to think about these questions, and observations.
First, I went over the definition of anti-semitism.
Definition according to Wikipedia:
Anti-Semitism (also spelled anti-Semitism or anti-Semitism) is prejudice against or hostility towards Jews, often rooted in hatred of their
ethnic background, culture, and/or religion. In its extreme form, it "attributes to the Jews an exceptional position among all other civilizations,
defames them as an inferior group and denies their being part of the nation[s]" in which they reside. A person who practices anti-Semitism is called
relating to or characterized by anti-Semitism; hating Jews.
Free dictionary definition
One who discriminates against or who is hostile toward or prejudiced against Jews.
When I take a step back, and read the basic definition, it becomes apparent that it’s the hatred, and hostility against Jews that make someone
an anti-Semite. So, wait a minute, its hatred and hostility that make someone an anti-Semite. So basically all it means is that you hate Jews, period.
Constant hatred and hostility towards them. Am I right so far? But this is where I have a few questions.
Why does questioning a countries foreign/domestic policy get you labeled as an anti-Semite when there is no hatred, or hostility towards them?
Why do threads get derailed so easily because of the conspiracy behind Israel when it’s just asking questions and not threatening, or hating
the whole Jewish race?
But all aside, these are just questions to help me (and probably others) onto why these clashes happen on the boards and a reminder that
questioning one aspect of a conspiracy relating to Israel Does not mean your anti-Semitic.
It means you’re just asking questions… the label should not apply. No one deserves to be treated like a racist, unless their proof to it
along the lines of the definition i presented.
On a ha-ha ending note: this thread may be seen as anti-Semitic… *sigh*
If anyone else has more insight into this, please contribute.
edit on 9/8/2010 by ugie1028 because: (no reason given)