US Secretary of State John Kerry has been engaged in a non-stop effort to secure peace between the nation of Israel and the Palestinian Authority. One does not have to agree with the ideas he has proposed to attain a peaceful resolution of the Palestine-Israel conflict, perhaps, his ideas do not lead to peace, but his goal is PEACE. John Kerry cares about the future of Israel, and you can condemn his proposals, but you can not term this man, and Anti-Semite! Israel Industry Minister Naftali Bennett charged John Kerry of being an anti-Semite because he warned the Israel government there was a growing movement to institute boycotts against goods coming from Jewish settlements on the West Bank. But, to Bennett, reporting what may lie in the future, is a sign of hating Jews. “We expect of our friends in the world to stand by our side against the attempt to impose an anti-Semitic boycott on Israel and not be their mouthpiece.”
The expression, “anti-Semite” goes back over a thousand years in history. It was used against those who brutalized Jews, who segregated Jews, who killed Jews, but not used against those who warned Jews they might be subject to hatred. My grandfather was beaten up during a 1905 progrom in Russia, and my father’s life was saved by a decent Christian. To help save Jews is the antithesis of anti-Semitism.