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Friday, August 31, 2018

TGIF: Anti-Israelism and Anti-Semitism: The Invidious Conflation

I and others have warned that enactment of the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act now before Congress would threaten free speech and free inquiry on America’s college campuses and beyond. As I’ve explained, this bill incorporates a conception — a “definition” plus potential examples — of anti-Semitism that conflates criticism of Israel’s founding and continuing abuse of the Palestinians with anti-Semitism for the purpose inoculating Israel from such criticism. Anti-Zionist Jews and others have objected to this conflation for over 70 years. 
What makes us so confident in predicting a threat to free speech?
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TGIF (The Goal Is Freedom) appears on Fridays. Sheldon Richman, author of America's Counter-Revolution: The Constitution Revisited, keeps the blog Free Association and is executive editor of The Libertarian Institute. He is also a senior fellow and chair of the trustees of the Center for a Stateless Society and a contributing editor at

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Anonymous said...

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Just FYI, “palestine” is Israel. “Palestine” was merely a Roman name imposed on Jews and ancient Israel, about 2,000 years ago, reflecting the ancient Jewish heritage of the land. Also, Jews were originally called “palestinians,” by the British who had coined the term for Jews in the British Mandate, which Britain called “palestine,” dusted off from Roman usage. Only much later did Arabs begin calling themselves palestinians, though, Arabic has no letter p.