40+ Jewish groups worldwide oppose equating an…

40+ Jewish groups worldwide oppose equating antisemitism with criticism of Israel

“We write this letter with growing alarm regarding the targeting of
organizations that support Palestinian rights in general and the
nonviolent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)
movement, in particular. These attacks too often take the form of
cynical and false accusations of antisemitism that dangerously conflate
anti-Jewish racism with opposition to Israel’s policies and system of
occupation and apartheid.

We live in a frightening era, with growing numbers of authoritarian
and xenophobic regimes worldwide, foremost among them the Trump
administration, allying themselves with Israel’s far right government
while making common cause with deeply antisemitic and racist white
supremacist groups and parties.

From our own histories we are all too aware of the dangers of
increasingly fascistic and openly racist governments and political
parties. The rise in antisemitic discourse and attacks worldwide is part
of that broader trend. At times like this, it is more important than ever to distinguish
between the hostility to or prejudice against Jews on the one hand and
legitimate critiques of Israeli policies and system of injustice on the
other.

Israel does not
represent us and cannot speak for us when committing crimes against
Palestinians and denying their UN-stipulated rights.” [x]