The British government has commissioned a shocking new report from the European Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism (EISCA) which among other things argues that the law should be changed so that political commentators cannot draw comparisons between the actions of the Israeli state and those of Nazi Germany.
Antony Lerman writes:
“If you said ‘the way the IDF operated in Gaza was like the way the SS acted in Poland’ and a Jew found this offensive, hurtful or harmful, you could, in theory, go to jail.”
However that is neither the most shocking or hypocritical aspect of this report. No, that prize goes to the section of the report which argues that one of the ways antisemitism is manifested is by:
“Applying double standards by requiring of [Israel] a behaviour not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation”
Israel and the United States, of course, both permit and praise the Israeli military as well as Israel’s “sovereign right to defend itself” (source, source, source) while at the same time requiring and expecting the Palestinian government to renounce violence and agree never to develop a military (source, source, source).
To read The Guardian‘s fantastic piece on this report, click here.