Originally Posted by Murray TheDemonic TalkingSkull
I'd say most people have zero problem with Jew's, Jewish culture, traditions etc. They just have a serious problem with that apartheid State we call Israel. You can be anti-israeli government and not be anti-Semitic
People can certainly be critical of the Israeli government - I certainly would be critical of many of their actions and policies. So are many Jews.
The complication is that there are also many who conceal their anti-semitism within criticism of Israel - or demonisation of Israel. There seems to be no acceptance that Israel faces an existential threat. Hamas is at best ambivalent about Israel's right to exist and its charter id blatantly anti semitic ,eg
Article 22 Of the Hamas Charter states that the French Revolution, the Russian Revolution, colonialism and both world wars were created by the Zionists or forces supportive of Zionism: "You may speak as much as you want about regional and world wars. They were behind World War I, when they were able to destroy the Islamic Caliphate, making financial gains and controlling resources. They obtained the Balfour Declaration, formed the League of Nations through which they could rule the world. They were behind World War II, through which they made huge financial gains by trading in armaments, and paved the way for the establishment of their state. It was they who instigated the replacement of the League of Nations with the United Nations and the Security Council to enable them to rule the world through them. There is no war going on anywhere, without having their finger in".
In an interview on Lebanese television on July 28, 2014, Hamas spokesman Osama Hamdan
repeated the blood libel
We all remember how the Jews used to slaughter Christians, in order to mix their blood in their holy matzos... It happened everywhere"
And as regards the Holocaust:
"This conference bears a clear Zionist goal, aimed at forging history by hiding the truth about the so-called Holocaust, which is an alleged and invented story with no basis. (...) The invention of these grand illusions of an alleged crime that never occurred, ignoring the millions of dead European victims of Nazism during the war, clearly reveals the racist Zionist face, which believes in the superiority of the Jewish race over the rest of the nations. (...) By these methods, the Jews in the world flout scientific methods of research whenever that research contradicts their racist interests."
If people balance their valid criticism of Israel with criticism of others then it is not anti-semitic.