Attack on reason

London Mayor Ken Livingstone, March 1, The Guardian:

For far too long the accusation of anti-semitism has been used against anyone who is critical of the policies of the Israeli government, as I have been. Even Tony Blair was recently described as a “common anti-semite” in an Israeli newspaper. Being Jewish is no defence from this charge. The famous Israeli conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim was recently denounced by an Israeli minister as “a real Jew hater, a real anti-semite”. Antony Lerman, director of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research, has said that equating criticism of Israel policies with anti-semitism “drains the word anti-semitism of any useful meaning”.

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