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In other words, anti-Semitism

By Gadi Eshel

In recent years, a growing need has developed for a distinction between two ostensibly similar terms that in fact differ significantly. The profligate and light-minded use of the term “left” is not accurate, and therefore, it should be distinguished from the Hebrew homophone spelled with a different first letter (samekh instead of sin), which has come to mean “post-Zionist” – though that, too, is in effect a substitute for another concept: “anti-Zionist.”

In Israel’s existential debate, the second term differs from the classical “left.” The second “left” is the old anti-Semitism, but this time, it is home-grown. This is not a reference to the minor issue of neo-Nazi youth who immigrated from the former Soviet Union, but rather to an incomprehensible and incurable disease of mankind: self-hatred. The symptoms of this disease arise anew after every withdrawal from the territories, and the pretenses behind which it hides are innumerable.


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