Debunking the Guardian myth that anti-Zionism is not antisemitic

In a long Guardian op-ed, Peter Beinart argues that anti-Zionism isn’t antisemitic.  In his piece (Debunking the myth that anti-Zionism is antisemitic, March 7), Beinart argues that the 30 countries who’ve adopted the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism, which defines as antisemitic denying Jews the right self-determination, have made a tragic mistake.

First, he claims it’s wrong to suggest it’s racist to deny Jews the right to self-determination by making the following argument:

The Kurds don’t have their own state. Neither do the Basques, Catalans, Scots, Kashmiris, Tibetans, Abkhazians, Ossetians, Lombards, Igbo, Oromo, Uyghurs, Tamils and Québécois, nor dozens of other peoples who have created nationalist movements to seek self-determination but failed to achieve it.

Yet barely anyone suggests that opposing a Kurdish or Catalan state makes you an anti-Kurdish or anti-Catalan bigot.

However, these aren’t currently states, whereas the Jewish state actually exists.  Opposing Israel’s right to…

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