Son of Mathonwy wrote:Puja wrote:Son of Mathonwy wrote:But if you follow that thinking then everyone must limit their criticism of Israel because some racists conflate Israel with "all Jewish people".
This is where we're losing each other. You are not barred from all criticism of Israel because a lot of racists use Israel as a dogwhistle or code to mean Jews. You should however be very very careful when making a criticism of Israel where it overlaps stereotypical anti-Jewish tropes about them controlling world events, buying or fomenting dissent in other countries, or using wealth and power as leverage. That's not to say you cannot criticise Israel in those areas, but the responsibility is on you to make sure that it is an accurate and factually based criticism, not something you heard on the internet which turns out to be an alt-right stalking-horse that you're boosting.
I appreciate what you're saying, that accurate criticism of Israel is fine.
But when you say you should be "very very careful" etc this to me translates as being a lot more careful than when dealing with any other country: you will lose your job faster by criticising Israel than other countries, as Long-Bailey discovered - imagine if the claim had been about Germany training the US police instead. Therefore criticism will necessarily be more limited because of the extra care taken, or in other words Israel will get better treatment than other countries.
Sadly, that is the world that we're in and you do need to be *more* careful when criticising Israel than other countries (about these particular areas, not for their general abuses in Palestine) because racists use these tropes for anti-Semitism and you don't want to be echoing them or accidentally repeating racist talking points. It does mean Israel gets better treatment and that sucks (especially because several Israeli leaders have shown no shame in abusing that fact by trying to conflate criticism with anti-Semitism).
Shockingly enough, the racists ruin everything for the rest of us. The bastards.