Posted by on August 22, 2012 in Blog

For those who are active in promoting Palestinian rights, the looseness with which the anti-Semitism charge is often made by anti-Palestinian activists is well-known. Even former President Jimmy Carter was branded a “bigot” by Alan Dershowitz for his distaste for Israeli policies towards the Palestinians. The conflation of criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism is not only absurd, but waters down a very serious charge that ought to be reserved for real racists.

To take the absurdity to the next level, now bigots are accusing others of bigotry, not for criticizing Israeli policies, but merely for objecting to bigotry. Sound too absurd to be true? Take Frank Gaffney, who was identified as one of the chief “misinformation experts” in the Center for American Progress’s comprehensive report on the Islamophobic network in the United States. Yesterday, he accused the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a group that AAI honored at the Gibran Gala specifically for combatting bigotry, of being at “the service of people who are really the perpetrators of the worst of the anti-Semitism and hatemongering.” He also accused them of “hanging out with today’s counterpart to the KKK.”

Yes, you’re reading this correctly: a hate-monger is accusing people who fight bigotry of supporting a bigoted, hate-mongering agenda. Is it possible to reason with people whose moral compass is so dysfunctional that they mistake opposition to their bigotry for hate? Probably not. Just shake your head, then get back to fighting against the rising tide of fanaticism with the full knowledge that our opponents are not bound by common sense.

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