Anti-Semitism is real – that’s not up for debate. Wherever anti-Semitism exists, we need to stamp it out.
But criticizing Israel isn’t anti-Semitic.
Unfortunately, the US State Department doesn’t see it that way. Their definition of anti-Semitism includes “demonizing,” “delegitimizing,” or creating a “double-standard” for Israel. These definitions are intentionally vague, and are already being used by colleges and others to silence Jews and non-Jews who speak out against Israel’s human rights abuses.
Hundreds of academics from across the U.S. have written an open letter to the State Department because they are deeply worried about the effect of this definition on academic freedom.