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October 16, 2013 8:43 am

Woody Allen: ‘Anti-Israel Criticism’ Really Means ‘They Don’t Like Jews’

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Jerusalem Post – Woody Allen believes that anti-Israel sentiment is often anti-Semitism disguise, the American Jewish director has told Israeli television. In an interview with Lior Friedman of Channel 2 television, 77-year-old Allen, born Allen Konigsberg, said that political criticism of Israel can conceal a deeper hatred – that of the Jewish people.

“I do feel there are many people that disguise their negative feelings toward Jews, disguise it as anti-Israel criticism, political criticism, when in fact what they really mean is that they don’t like Jews,” he said.

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  • One easy way to confirm this, is to ask critics of Isreali policies as they see them, why they have never spoken out before about identical or far worse policies of the same nature in other countries and watch them flounder and obfuscate.

    It also bears mentioning that hatred of Jews tends to not be connected overall with belief, behavior, appearance or, ironically, even religion and therefore equating it with dislike of Islam is not reasonable as people who object to Islamic ideology typically have no issues with people who may be culturally Muslim but do not adhere to its supremacist ideology. Therefore many who wish to appear reasonable will disguise their antisemitism under a veneer of anti-Israel rhetoric.