Did Israel Cause the French Revolution?
Or: Is Anti-semitism at the Root of Anti-Israel Boycotts?
Z-Word summarizes the debate between Martin Shaw and David Hirsh on the cause of the academic boycott on Israel. Shaw claims that Israel’s own behavior is responsible for the boycott, while Hirsch says that the exaggerated claims of Israel’s evilness – apartheid, holocaust, genocide, and even an assertion by Hamas that Israel was responsible for the French Revolution – can only be rooted in anti-semitism.
Ben of Z-Word offers his take on the debate:
I think that Hirsh is correct to look at the way in which antisemitic tropes become incorporated into discussion of the Middle East; the question, though, is to what degree this is unwittingly so. My co-blogger Eamonn McDonagh was pretty definitive on this point, arguing that you can’t have antisemitism without antisemites.
In other words, is there such a thing as accidental anti-semitism?