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How to stop worrying about the Jews

S Thayaparan  |  Published:  |  Modified:

" One of my first reservations about Zionism was and is that, semiconsciously at least, it grants the anti-Semites first premise about the abnormality of the Jew." - Christopher Hitchens (Hitch-22: A Memoir)

COMMENT Here in Malaysia (and perhaps the rest of the world) the response to anti-Semitism nearly always includes that caveat of a reference to the natural resources dispute promoted as a religious conflict going on in Israel.

Why we should justify our condemnation of bigotry by portraying "objectivity" when it comes to a conflict which has nothing to do with the bigotry at hand merely to appease the bigot, is a worrying trend that has encouraged bigots to conflate issues all the while secure in the knowledge that it is they who will always control the narrative as long as they form the majority or have resort to victimhood...

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