Anti-Semitic Acts Don't Have to Involve Hatred of Jews https://mosaicmagazine.com/response/politics-current-affairs/2021/07/anti-semitic-acts-dont-have-to-involve-hatred-of-jews/

Many of those who would do away with Israel evince no pre-existing hostility to Jews that I can see. But their motivations are beside the point.

July 30, 2021 | Joshua Muravchik
About the author: Joshua Muravchik is the author most recently of Heaven on Earth: The Rise, Fall, and Afterlife of Socialism (Encounter).
This is a response to The Emerging War over Anti-Semitism, originally published in Mosaic in July 2021

A protest against proposed changes to the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism takes place outside the UK Labor party’s headquarters. Getty.

I thank Michael Walzer and Ben Cohen for their comments and their complimentary words, and Kenneth Marcus for his insights. I hasten to offer Walzer my apology if he feels I did him an injustice by not mentioning his comment in Fathom that he would have embraced the IHRA working definition of anti-Semitism were he based in or focused on the UK rather than the U.S. Had I been criticizing him, I certainly would have felt obliged to do so, but I was not criticizing him. I singled him out for citation because among the many signatories of the Jerusalem Declaration on Anti-Semitism (JDA), he is among those I respect most; also because he is an undoubted friend of Israel’s; and because he offered the most cogent defense of the JDA that I have seen, which was the point on which I quoted him.

Welcome to Mosaic

Create a free account to continue reading and you'll get two months of unlimited access to the best in Jewish thought, culture, and politics

Register Already a subscriber? Sign in now