Yesterday I received my first ever anti-semitic tweet sent to me accusing me and someone else of being Zionists strictly because we’re Jewish. It’s quite a milestone for me. Here is something I wrote on the old blog (circa 2014) about this conflation that happens vis a via Jews and Zionism:
Since the start of the Gaza offensive (or war) by Israel, there seems to have been a growing number of anti-semitic incidents. From synagogues being attacked in France to the most recent attack on a student at Temple university (thinking about it I find a degree of irony that this happened at Temple). The majority if not all of these attacks have been in response to Israel entering Gaza. I am not going to discuss if what Israel is doing is justified or not. What I want to talk about is how misguided these protests are.
What do I mean when I say these protests are misguided? Simply put, if you are if you are “protesting” by attacking a synagogue or beating down a local Jew or Israeli, you’re protesting wrong. The proper place to protest is at your local Israeli consulate. Do you know why? That is where the Israeli government is located. An Israeli playing soccer is not a representative of the Israeli government. Additionally it’s OK to block the Brooklyn Bridge and chant “Free Palestine” although I don’t know if you will be convincing anyone who is stuck on the bridge. Oh yeah, getting a permit is highly recommended. Any “protests” that are not at an Israeli government location is nothing more than an assault which should be prosecuted.
Speaking of offences to be prosecuted, I’d like to bring up the thugs who murdered the Arab boy in retaliation for the kidnappings. It is my fervent hope they prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. It seems Israeli law does have the death penalty is specific cases and I an in agreement with Rabbi Levanon that it should be used in this situation.