It’s Not Anti-Israel, It’s Antisemitic


Six-year-old Ido Avigal, who was killed by a Hamas rocket. Photo: Screenshot

Algemeiner: In May 2021, the world witnessed a sharp escalation in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict that was partly triggered by a property dispute in Sheikh Jarrah. While Hamas launched over 4,000 rockets at Israel from the Gaza Strip, activists from all over the world began a wave of protests against Israel and its right to defend itself from terror.

““Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion; For I will make your horn iron, And I will make your hooves bronze …” Micha 4:1

Instead of targeting the actions of the Israeli government, self-proclaimed “activists” started incorporating antisemitic tropes into their anti-Zionist messaging, which indicts Jews across the world. Many celebrities, including model Bella Hadid — who has more followers than Jews in the world — label the Israelis (and Jews who have lived there for centuries) as active agents of “colonization.”

Other Instagram pages such as Impact, which has nearly two million followers, push similar lies and toxicity. Legitimate criticism of the Israeli government should be encouraged in any healthy democracy, but calls for the “Palestinian minority to become a Palestinian majority of what is today called Israel” by BDS leader Omar Barghouti, is advocating for the destruction of the State of Israel.