So what's a good way for a progressive to criticize Israel when those criticisms are a) legitimate/fair and b) play into stereotypes that anti-semites make about jews?Her short, tweeted messages managed to conjure up an old anti-Semitic bugaboo: a shadowy cabal of international Jews with no loyalty to this country, who wield outsized and sinister influence.
Omar apologized for a similarly tone-deaf tweet from 2012 when she'd declared Israel had “hypnotized the world." This also brushes against classic anti-Semitic tropes.
I'm asking this in good faith because I really want to be sensitive to the historic and present impact of anti-semitism on jewish people while also thinking to myself, "well, sometimes it does feel like Israel has hypnotized the world into taking their side no matter what" or "sometimes AIPAC/Israel/and weird evangelicals do seem like an international, shadowy cabal who wield outsized, sinister influence?"
And I know some people here disagree, but I can't help but think that not everyone is receiving these tweets from black woman in a hijabi the same way they would from some white dude, even though the same accusations ofantisemitism have been leveled at Jeremy Corbyn and even Bernie Sanders when they try to address these issues aggressively.
Obviously many leftists, including Jews like Bernie, like to take a "no war but class war" approach that can often seem insensitive to issues of identity politics, so I really want to figure out how to have these conversations without being insensitive.