We know what antisemitism is, whether it’s manifested in anti-Jewish hate
speech, swastikas spray painted on Jewish institutions, or physical violence
targeting Jews. And we also know what it’s not. It’s not, as groups like the ZOA,
AIPAC, and unfortunately too many so-called “mainstream” Jewish groups would have
you believe, deciding to not sell ice cream in the Occupied Territories. It’s not
advocating for the reopening of an East Jerusalem Consulate to serve Palestinians
or calling for US aid to only be used to support American policy goals and
When the Treasurer of the state of Arizona calls us antisemites for eating a
pint Cherry Garcia, she is not doing so out of concern for Israel’s future or out
of love for the Jewish people. She's doing so because she believes she can use our
lives and our safety to score cheap political points.
Although there are those who still pretend otherwise, people our age know
that we are long past the point of Israel-Palestine becoming a partisan issue. Now
there are people out there doing the same with antisemitism. Congressional
resolutions, state level anti-boycott laws, and an endless torrent of
organizational statements and social media posts are all hammering the same
message. If you dare to speak out against the occupation, if you dare to criticize
when Palestinians are evicted from their homes, or if you teach the very real
history of the Palestinian people, you will be called an antisemite. Let’s be real.
This is a campaign to silence us.