The suggestion by Zionist supporters that Gerald Scarfe’s cartoon in The Sunday Times was anti-Semitic is a classic example of the abuse of the term. It drains the term of all meaning and, like the boy who cried wolf, desensitises people to anti-Semitism when it does rear its head.
This was the opening paragraph of a letter in the Independent newspaper on February 4, submitted by Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods and carrying 28 names gathered at short notice. They included actress Miriam Margolyes, OBE and writer Alexei Sayle as well as a sprinkling of professors and other academics.
Read the whole letter here.
Here is one:
I am writing to say how pleased I am to see the letter in today’s Independent: Gerald Scarfe’s cartoon is not antisemitic. Your examples of Palestinian youths are shocking and they, alone, provide justification for Scarfe’s cartoon. I am ashamed to hear the ‘anti-semitic’ outcry: why do even Jews mix Israel with being Jewish?
As a Jew, I despair when the holocaust is emotively and perhaps even cynically high-jacked to obfuscate facts. Palestinians have lost land, their human rights and their lives due to the trifold expedience of Israeli internal politics, international support and military power.
I am certainly in favour of boycotting Israeli goods and will sign up right now.