Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Legitimate Criticism or Anti-Semitism?: The Sharansky Test (A Response to "Steven")

"Nathan Sharanksky, when he was the Israeli minister of Jerusalem and diaspora affairs, developed a simple formula, which he called the "3D" test to help distinguish legitimate criticism of Israel from antisemitism--demonization, double standards, and delegitimization.
      He wrote:  'The first 'D' is the test of demonization.  When the Jewish state is being demonized; when Israel's actions are blown out of all sensible proportion; when comparisons are made between Israelis and Nazis and between Palestinian refugee camps and Auschwitz--this is antisemitism, not legitimate criticism of Israel.
      'The Second 'D' is the test of double standards.  When criticism of Israel is applied selectively; when Israel is singled out by the United Nations for human rights abuses while the behavior of known and major abusers, such as China, Iran, Cuba, and Syria, is ignored; when Israel's Magen David Adom, alone among the world's ambulance services, is denied admission to the International Red Cross--this is antisemitism.
      'The Third 'D' is the test of delegitimization.  When Israel's fundamental right to exist is denied--alone among all peoples in the world--this too is antisemitism.'" pg. 336 of Not Your Father's Antisemitism:  Hatred of the Jews in the 21st Century, Edited by Berenbaum


  1. So, assuming the world accepts this man as the arbiter of what is legitimate critisism of Israel (obviously they don't but lets pretend), which test did my comments identify me as a hater?

    I would say instead, that I am the one being demonized by "blown out of all sensable proportion, a double standard and I fully support Israels right to exist.

  2. Steve, until you and yours are on the receiving end, you are not qualified to decide what antisemitism is or is not, so drop off the silliness. You know nothing about Israel beside what you read in the biased media.

  3. Rabdan, I did not say what antisemitism is or is not, so what's your point? If I were to provide a definition, or course as you say, I would have to use the dictionary having no personal experience.

    As I said to Peter, Israel to you guys is above reproach and ANY criticism is characterized as antisemitism.

    I suppose our State Department doesn't know anything about Israel either, or the UN, or the media, or the Palestinians, or the Jews who make the same criticisms. Are they are all just ignorant and uniformed. Or just me?

    Anyway, may God bless Israel, that's what I really want anyway. When Israel gets it right and the Law of Love goes forth out of Zion, Israel will be well loved.

  4. Steven, Your ignorance is for all to see. When was the last time they came to your house and murdered your wife and children? When was the last time they bombed the bus you were riding? When was the last time they round your people up and sent them to the ovens? you talk about things you have no knowledge of except from what you read from the biased media. Next thing you would blame the Indians for getting slaughtered by the white man. Stick to things you know....

  5. Rabdan, I've conceded my lack of personal experience to your suffering, I also can see you have good reason to be sensitive to criticism.
    Out of respect for you, I will not comment on bombings, ovens, and your personal sufferings, etc.

    But, I will not censored by you to speak or comment, I make my own choice on what to say. You’re not the first to call me names, beat me
    up on the internet with extreme rhetoric, or disagree with my opinions. Water off the back of a duck, bullies do not intimidate me.

    Perhaps you would like to actually engage me and my opinions rather than condescension, as though I am less than a bug because I didn't have your experience. But, I support your right to say whatever you want to.

  6. So, first you sympathize with what I write and then you call it "extreme rhetoric," so on what opinions you want me to engage with you when you don't have any?

  7. Its extreme rhetoric because I never wrote about bombs on buses, people killed in ovens, etc. You use these things to make yourself big and meanancing and for the purpose of exerting power over me. I learned to recognize a bully on the first grade playground.

    The only thing I spoke about was the future when Israel will live the Torah.

    I never 1) demonized Israel by blowing out of all proportion what they have done 2) Applied a double standard to Israel, but Torah to all 3) Denied Israels fundamental right to exist

    These 3 were given to suggest I have done one or all of these things to put me on the list of antisemetic rather than just a critic.

    Engage me by showing me where my comments demonized Israel, applied a double standard, or denied Israels right to exisit.

    God Bless you sir, I understand it has not been easy for you. And I really do respect you.

  8. You are patronizing Israel. "One day they will know the Lord," And you ignore the rest of the world that hate the Lord. This is double standard my friend. Clean up your own back yard first. How do you expect Israel to know the Lord when you are patronizing it in the name of the Lord? Do like Paul did first, to the Jew become a Jew. Go live among them, learn from where they are coming from and then maybe you can give your opinion. By you talking to them from your high horse the only thing you do is to close the door in front of them knowing the Lord.

  9. Ah, "one day they will know the Lord" got under your skin.

    The reason I ignore "the rest" is due to the prophecy does not say "the Torah will go forth out of the Gaza Strip."

    The torah will go forth out of Zion. Don't you think: "To whom much is given much is required." A high expectation of Israel, not because of a double standard,but because they have the torah.

  10. And your patronizing will sure help them...You know nothing about today's Israel....

  11. Rabdan, you are right, the more I learn and the older I get, the less I know about anything, up to and including today's Israel. Shalom

  12. I don't get the criticism. Non-Jews who identify with Israel will also be targeted. I had a friend who became a supporter of Israel because she had a Jewish sounding name, and was mocked for that and accused of hiding a Jewish identity. I guess she decided she may as well wear the shoe that fit.