posted on Sep, 26 2012 @ 12:59 PM
I'm sure most of you have seen threads or comments pertaining to Israel. One common misconception many people have is they automatically believe that
anti-Israel sentiment coincides with anti-semitism.
In other words.....anti-Israel = anti-Jew or Israel = Jew
This is simply wrong and it's time to put this to rest. I would love to be able to talk about Israeli policy and action without someone piping in to
say that anyone that disagrees with Israel is a Jew-hater.
So let's look at some very important numbers from the Israeli Bureau of Statistics:
Jews: 5,639,000 (76%)
Arabs: 1,387,000 (20%)
Others: 306,000 (4%)
(Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics)
Arab Christians 1.7%,
other Christian 0.4%,
unspecified 3.9% (2003 est.)
As you can see, Israel is not just Jewish. There other religions and races of people that live within Israel and help to form the body of the state.
Jew = Jew
Christian = Christian
Muslim = Muslim
and so on.....
Israel /= Jew
So the next time one of us decides to label a fellow member anti-Semitic for ridiculing the actions of Israel, please remember that Israel does not =
Jew. If we can all agree on that then we will save ourselves a lot of time bickering back and forth over something that should be easy to