I was looking in this article for the author’s definition of anti-Semitism, but the best I could find was this:
Most people recognize classic anti-Semitism, the Christianity’s Jews-killed-Christ, Shakespeare’s Shylock, Nazi-graffiti-scrawled-on-a- synagogue types.
Does Jew-hatred exist in the Arab world? Yes, but it doesn’t take these “classic” forms. Here is an excerpt of an article from the same author on Mondoweiss last year ( https://mondoweiss.net/2018/10/shunned/ ) about Mufti Amin al-Husseini:
It is unclear how much of his political activities were grounded in Arab nationalism and anti-colonialism, and how much in anti-Semitism. The Arab nationalism and anti-colonialism are understandable responses to the British Empire and Jewish settlement in Palestine; the anti-Semitism is unforgivable.
Unforgivable if the Mufti had some views about Jews as Christ-killers, as Shakespeare’s Shylock, as Nazi graffiti scrawled on a synagogue? I really don’t think those were part of his cultural baggage.
The present article refers to “the growing white supremacist, neo-Nazi movements” and “a growing hatred of Jews”. How do you know these are growing? Or more to the point, why don’t you tell us what evidence you have that they are growing?
You rightfully point out how AIPAC and other Jewish institutions started disinformation campaigns in which “the epithet of anti-Semite was used freely to silence and demonize critical voices.” The average American looks at them and thinks “Well, they’re Jews, so I expect them to defend Israel.” You might object to that attitude and may even consider it anti-Semitic in a way, but it is what it is. It is much more concerning that the Speaker of the House, a representative of the famously “liberal” city of San Francisco, went to AIPAC this year and said:
We must also be vigilant against bigoted or dangerous ideologies masquerading as policy, and that includes BDS.
What does Nancy Pelosi mean when she calls BDS “bigoted”? By her logic, clearly, it is bigoted because it is anti-Semitic. This is exactly the misuse of the anti-Semitism label that your article is about, but it’s not coming from a Jewish person or organization.
Denunciations of anti-Semitism must be credibly nested within opposition to white nationalism and the racism and Islamophobia that are its lifeblood.
The irony is that denunciations of anti-Semitism are often coupled with appeals to racism and Islamophobia. Just look at what Pam Geller does.
But I would also argue that a lot of denunciations of anti-Semitism have actually assumed white superiority: since anti-Semitism from its original coinage is the view that Jews are a race that is not indigenous to Europe and therefore don’t deserve the same rights as white people, those who have denounced anti-Semitism have been insisting that Jews do deserve the same rights as white people.