Today the JTA reported that during a recent broadcast, well-known Irish journalist Vincent Browne referred to Israel as “the cancer in foreign affairs.” When confronted about the slur, Brown told the Irish Independent, “What I resent is the suggestion that because you’re critical of Israel, you’re automatically anti-Semitic. I don’t think that’s acceptable.”
To that we say, you are right Mr. Browne. Simply being critical of Israel is not anti-Semitic, especially if that criticism is fair, based in fact, and made in the right spirit. Describing the Jewish state as a murderous, disgusting disease with no redemptive aspects – one that is treated by radiation until extinction – on the other hand, is undoubtedly anti-Semitic.
Browne’s tasteless comparison of Israel to a deadly disease echoes hateful anti-Semitic propaganda throughout the ages – propaganda that has been used to justify attempts to destroy the Jewish people. We don’t think that’s acceptable.