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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

If the cap fits

I was interested to read the EU's "working definition" of anti-Semitism (which is to say, a document setting out an interim position falling some way short of agreed EU policy). Here it is.

Nothing much I would disagree with there, except for the interesting bullet point under "ways in which antisemitism manifests itself with regard to the state of Israel" which includes "drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis".

What, even where such comparison is wholly supported by the facts? For example the use of collective punishment? or the illegal transfer of a population into an occupied territory?

Here, while I'm still allowed to post it without having my door knocked down, is the cartoonist Latuff on the subject. Not perhaps the best example (think of the thousands of Palestinian homes demolished - sometimes with their owners inside - because they were in villages from which militants were said to have come), but it will serve:

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