Criticizing Israel Is Not Antisemitism

in European Judaism
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  • 1 University College London

Abstract

Antisemitism is hostility to Jews as Jews, but defining antisemitism is complicated by Zionism and the existence of the State of Israel. The fundamental right to freedom of expression is threatened by the misuse of a definition of antisemitism and claimed examples of antisemitic conduct that encourage confusion between antisemitism and criticism of the policies and practices of the Israeli government and its institutions. The right to express criticism and to debate such policies and practices must not be suppressed by reliance on unsubstantiated claims of antisemitism.

Contributor Notes

Sir Geoffrey Bindman has practised as a solicitor in London since 1960. He is a Visiting Professor of Law at University College London and London South Bank University. He has been chairman of the British Institute of Human Rights and the Society of Labour Lawyers. In 2007 he was knighted for services to human rights and in 2011 appointed Queen's Counsel honoris causa.