Let me clarify my question.
Much of the world has been and continues to be antisemitic (I get confused on the spelling too). Most of the rest just doesn’t care. The Jews cannot trust the world to look out for them and to protect them from the Jew haters. History has proven that all too well. To many of us Jews, Israel’s existence helps to reassure the future safety of our people. To me, none of this is open to debate. If anyone wants to, well, the op was not intended to provoke it, and plenty of other threads are devoted to such issues.
Some who criticize Israel honestly have opinions that I find ignorant or stupid.
Occassionally there are some valid points. Hell, I’m no bigger fan of Sharon than I am of Dubya. I can be critical of both and still supportive of America’s and Israel’s respective wars on terrorism.
Some who criticize Israel do so out of Jew hatred.
How to tell them apart and how to respond when convinced that some one is part of the latter group, this is my question.
Mention of “Jewish media”, “Jewish bankers”, “you people”, etc. makes it easy. It isn’t usually easy. Clear distortion of the facts of history, imbalance, etc … raises the flag. Holding Israel to standards different than other countries does as well.
Making the accusation? I don’t unless it falls in the made easy group. It is unlikely do accomplish any good. Frankly I do believe that there are some on this board who seem to distort so persistently that one must suspect their motivations, but saying so would be unproductive.
But how to respond? Do you continue to engage with such people? At what point do you call a spade a spade?