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Why Do They Lie About IHRA? Because They Want to Treat Israel Differently

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The Israeli flag at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Photo: Hynek Moravec via Wikimedia Commons.

From PR Newswire:

On Friday, August 7, 2020, a coalition of more than 120 NGOs submitted a letter to Facebook, urging the social media company to implement a comprehensive hate speech policy on antisemitism that incorporates the full International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism.

The objections to using the IHRA definition are all the same: Critics say it would stop legitimate criticism of Israel.

As Lara Friedman tweets, the IHRA definition is “a means to deplatform/quash criticism of Israel.”

But that’s a lie, and critics know it.

The IHRA is explicit:


“Criticism of Israel similar to that leveled against any other country cannot be regarded as antisemitic.”

This is the exact opposite of the anti-Israel crowd’s oft-repeated claim. And when you call them on it, they run away and say the same lies again on some other day.

There is only one explanation that makes sense: they want to criticize Israel in ways that no other nation is ever criticized. It’s the basis of their activism.

By any sane measure, Israel is no worse and much better than the vast majority of nations in any metric of ethics or morality you can come up with, especially given Israel’s situation of being surrounded by people who hate Jews and the Jewish state since way before the “occupation” — or even before Israel was reborn.

And the reason for such a desire to paint Israel as uniquely evil — as a Nazi, racist, apartheid, baby-killing state — is old-fashioned antisemitism.

These modern antisemites pretend to be against all forms of bigotry, giving them the moral high ground to accuse Israeli Jews of being racists.

So of course they don’t accept the truth — that their crazed hate and obsession with Israel is a form of antisemitism. They want to accuse others of bigotry, not look at their own pure selves. They use their self-righteousness to blind themselves from their own hate. And they really hate being shown what hypocrites they are.

In the end, they want the right to call Israeli Jews Nazis. And that is why they hate the IHRA definition.

Elder of Ziyon has been blogging about Israel and the Arab world for a really long time now. He also controls the world, but deep down, you already knew that.

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