Palestinian activists disavow former Israeli Jew for anti-Semitism

The US Palestinian Community Network and Electronic Intifada are circulating this public letter, which is not only about Gilad Atzmon – the former Israeli turned conspiracy-theorist and anti-Semite – but more importantly, makes the distinction between criticism of Zionism and relations with Jews and the Jewish people. I am not endorsing everything in this text, but it is definitely worth reading and relating to.

We reaffirm that there is no room in this historic and foundational analysis of our struggle for any attacks on our Jewish allies, Jews, or Judaism; nor denying the Holocaust; nor allying in any way shape or form with any conspiracy theories, far-right, orientalist, and racist arguments, associations and entities. Challenging Zionism, including the illegitimate power of institutions that support the oppression of Palestinians, and the illegitimate use of Jewish identities to protect and legitimize oppression, must never become an attack on Jewish identities, nor the demeaning and denial of Jewish histories in all their diversity.

Read the rest here.