The double 'Anti' in the title is not a typo. Following the horror of the Gaza war, a lot more voices were heard harshly - and correctly so - criticizing Israel and its pattern of brutal handling of the Palestinians (in Gaza as well as the West Bank). Coinciding with that is usual the increase in charges of 'antisemitism' by the blindly Pro-Israel chorus, and regardless of what Israel ever does.
A group that is usually mostly ignored in this ongoing conflict is the Christian Palestinians. Their marginalization in the product of framing of the Israeli Palestinian conflict as a 'anti-Jewish Islamic endeavor', thus blurring the reality that it is a territorial conflict in which the harmed parties are, and have always been, Christians as well as Muslims.
One of the Christian American Palestinians effective voices is that of Ray Hanania, and journalist, political cartoonist and a radio talk host of stature. I thought this cartoon summarizes the usual situation after a scenario like what the world witnessed in Gaza a couple of month ago, and the subsequent revelation about Israeli army behavior against civilians, as admitted by Israeli soldiers.
The denial came from the Israeli Military chief of staff, and was reviewed by the American Jewish journalist Richard Silverstein, who usually gets more than a fair share of insults from the pro-Israel chorus for his balanced presentation of the Israeli-Palestinian issues. As most of you know, the slanderous scream 'antisemites' does not stop if the 'accused' is Jewish. And many liberal Jews have suffered from that slanderous accusation, as well as the usual charge of being a self-hating Jews. But as you see below, it can get even worse.
The Israeli Newspaper Haaretz was the first to published the damning reports of the IDF morality problems in Gaza, and thus suffered from even a more grave slander: being an accomplice to blood libel against Israel.
This is a serious insult (and for those not familiar with the term, see here and here).
If you click on the article title, you can read it on Haaretz web site. It is worth reading. Also, take a look at Ray Hanania activities. He is a very funny Stand up comedian i addition to his many talents as a journalist, talk-show host, cartoonist and an activist for Justice for Palestinian
Check this video from on of acts in a Reform Synagogue.
I am hoping to talk about the activism of Christian Palestinians in this conflict, but that will have to wait for another posting.