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
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