Antisemitism-Islamophobia: Labels, Accusations, and Prejudice in the Israel-Hamas War
1 December 2023
While coined over a century apart, the former in the nineteenth and the latter in the late twentieth century, they share much in common. [...] Good Muslims, Bad Jews, and Vice Versa Today, Jews globally are held accountable by some for the acts of the Israeli government in its war in Gaza, which have stoked mass outrage due to the mass killings of civilians caught in the crossfire, and which some wonder how to justify morally, with ethical arguments for and against. [...] Yet the brutal killings of women, children, and the elderly suggests not a military action of freedom fighters, but an antisemitic assault in which all Jewish people are seen as complicit in the actions of the Israeli government. [...] The vast level of civilian casualties – which at the time of writing is reported at almost 15,000 and around 40 per cent of whom are children – caught in the Israeli military response implies a disregard for the lives of Palestinians. [...] Many here may feel greater sympathy for either the Israeli state and its actions – seeing it as involved in a war on terrorism which justifies the deaths of civilians for a supposed “greater good” – while many others may see their sympathy with the underdog – especially the millions of innocent and defenceless civilians of Gaza.