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Friday, January 13, 2017

If A Synagogue Is Burned, It Is Anti-Israel! Huh? In Germany You Get Off Scott Free If You Say So!

German Court: Burning Down A Synagogue Isn’t Anti-Semitism, It’s Just Anti-Israel

JANUARY 13, 2017
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A German regional court has now declared that burning down synagogues
 isn’t anti-Semitic – it’s just anti-Israel. As the Jerusalem Post reports,
 according to the court spokesperson, Johannes Pinnel, the three German 
Palestinian Arabs who threw Molotov cocktails at a Wuppertal synagogue in
 July 2014 weren’t doing anything anti-Jewish. Rather, they were attempting 
to create “attention” over the “Gaza conflict” between Israel and the terrorist
 group Hamas. The three terrorists, Mohamed E., Ismael A., and
 Mohammad A., were given suspended sentences.
Burn down a synagogue in Germany, get off scot-free.
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The last time the synagogue went up in flames was 1938 during Kristallnacht.
But this court ruling illustrates that tenuous distinction drawn by anti-Israel 
advocates between anti-Semitism and anti-Israel activity. Being critical of 
Israel’s actions doesn’t make you anti-Semitic, of course – even the most
 pro-Israel advocates have been critical of Israel (I was critical of Barak’s 
idiotic “peace” offer to terrorist Yassar Arafat, Sharon’s pullout from Gaza,
Olmert’s ridiculous “peace” offer to Abbas). But attacking Jews because of 
Israeli actions, or standing against Israel’s right to exist – as, indeed, these
 Hamas-backing terrorists did, given that Israel was in a war with Hamas 
at the time – is anti-Semitism.
But too many Westerners think that hating Israel is a separate issue from
 hating Jews. Burning a synagogue to raise awareness rather than thanks to
 Jew-hatred makes perfect sense: by this logic – after all, Israel is a Jewish 
state, Israel is bad, Jews live abroad and therefore are emissaries of Israel 
whether or not they agree with particular Israeli actions, and therefore 
attacking Jews is the same as attacking an Israeli ambassador.
In reality, of course, this justifies any attack on any Jew at any time. It’s the 
same anti-Semitic rationale pursued by the Iranian government when they
 sponsor terrorist attacks against random synagogues abroad. It’s an excuse 
for genocide: collective responsibility for the actions of a state to which you
 don’t even belong. It’s also the logic behind boycotts of Israel because you 
don’t like their settlement policy: all Israeli Jews must pay for the supposed sins 
of a few, and those sins can only be alleviated by policies that lead to the
 destruction of the Jewish state (BDS wants a Palestinian “right to return” or 
the surrender of territory that would make Israel militarily indefensible).
Israel provides anti-Semites convenient cover for their anti-Semitism. But 
that doesn’t mean their hatred for Israel isn’t hatred for Jews, or vice versa.