Anti Israel, or anti Jewish?

It’s always difficult when the question of when something can be reasonably classed as anti Semitic and when a legitimate critical stance against the actions of the Israeli state. There has to be a line (however movable), otherwise there is little chance of any discussion on Israel ever taking root in any genuinely open discursive space. That said, there are occasions when criticism apparently aimed at the Israeli state betrays an obvious anti Jewish undercurrent. Typhoo, the blogger who provides much of the YouTube content we use here on Slugger has been taking photos of anti Israeli graffitti in the vicinity of the old Jewish Cemetary on the Whiterock Road in West Belfast. Of course, it could just be coincidence. Then again, as I noted a few years back, systematic vandalism has been evidence inside the cemetery for a number of years now.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty