From Letters, Socialist Worker, No.1720, 28 October 2000, p.6.
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THE STABBING of a Jew by an Arab in north London is horrific. But we should be quite clear that Arabs are not carriers of anti-Semitism. The home of anti-Semitism lies in the house of the extreme right and the Nazis. The right hate Jews in the same basic way they hate everyone who is different. Arabs are fighting back against 80 years of slaughter and oppression they have suffered at the hands of Zionism and the Israeli state. We should not equate an attack by one misguided individual with Arab resistance to Israeli state terror and discrimination. Zionism has never been a solution to anti-Semitism. Only the unity that comes from the struggle for socialism can do that. That’s why Jewish socialists like me have broken with Zionism.
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