Rupert Murdoch, whilst accepting an award from the Anti-Defamation League for his support of Israel said that there is a "soft war" being waged against Israel, and condemned "the left" as the purveyors of a "new anti-Semitism."
So, according to Murdoch's logic, there can be no such thing as legitimate disagreement with Israeli policy, merely anti-Semitism disguising itself as such.
“This is the soft war that seeks to isolate Israel by delegitimizing it," Murdoch told attendees at the New York dinner where he was bestowed the ADL International Leadership Award. "The battle ground is everywhere – the media, multinational organizations, NGOs. In this war, the aim is to make Israel a pariah.”
Murdoch told participants at the dinner that signs were abounding of rising anti-Semitism, particularly from elements on the Left under the guise of legitimate criticism of Israel.
“When Americans think of anti-Semitism, we tend to think of the vulgar caricatures and attacks of the first part of the 20th century,” Murdoch said. “Now it seems that the most virulent strains come from the left. Often this new anti-Semitism dresses itself up as legitimate disagreement with Israel.”
As far as arguments go, that's scraping the bottom of the barrel. He is seeking to make all disagreements with Israeli policy acts of anti-Semitism.
But, perhaps Rupert should look closer to home if he is seeking to confront genuine anti-Semitism.
It is not anti-Semitic to say that the Palestinians deserve their own state, or that it is in Israel's best interests for this to happen sooner rather than later.
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