When is Anti-Zionism Also Anti-Semitism?

Clearly, Jews and Israelis cannot expect that the policies of the Israeli government will never be debated or criticized.  Legitimate criticisms are part of the democratic process and are protected in the U.S. by the First Amendment.  So when scholars and organizations talk about anti-Semitic anti-Zionism, what do they mean?

Kenneth L. Marcus of Baruch College defines it this way:

To the extent that there might be any question, the distinguishing features of anti-Semitic anti-Zionism are rapidly becoming conventional: employment of “classic anti-Semitic stereotypes,” use of double standards, “drawing comparisons between Israel and Nazi Germany,” and “holding Jews collectively responsible for Israeli actions” regardless of actual complicity.

The rest of this interesting article, entitled “Higher Education, Harassment, and First Amendment Opportunism,” can be downloaded as a PDF from Social Science Research Network.

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