conflict & communication online, Vol. 18, No. 2, 2019
ISSN 1618-0747




David Ranan
Israel criticism – The trap of anti-Semitism allegations

Discussions about Israel, and Israeli politics, pertaining to the Israel-Palestine question, often lead to the critic – especially if the language used is harsh – being accused of Antisemitism. The purpose of introducing accusations of antisemitism is the derailment of the argument. Such discussions frequently follow a regular pattern, in which critics find themselves on the defensive and the debate turns from one about Israel to one about the critic’s alleged Antisemitism. In the interest of honesty and to facilitate factuality and sobriety in debates about Israel, the author suggests that any personal prejudice or motivation, which a critic may or may not harbour for their arguments, be disregarded.


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The author:
Dr. David Ranan, Fellow at the Centre of Research on Antisemitism, TU Berlin. Associate Research Fellow, Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck University of London. Recent Publications: Muslimischer Antisemitismus: Eine Gefahr für den gesellschaftlichen Frieden in Deutschland? (Dietz Verlag, Bonn, 2018). Die Schatten der Vergangenheit sind noch lang: Junge Juden über ihr Leben in Deutschland (Nicolai Verlag, Berlin, 2014). „Ist es noch gut für unser Land zu sterben?“: Junge Israelis über ihren Dienst in der Armee (Nicolai Verlag, Berlin, 2011).