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Pro-Palestinian Activists Shout Down NYC Resolution Marking Liberation of Auschwitz

That pro-Palestinian activists disrupted a New York City Council meeting to protest a trip that 15 council members will be taking to Israel next month is a decidedly dog-bites-man story. But it is worth mentioning for this reason:

Council members reacted furiously to the demonstration — especially because the disruption began as they were concluding a vote on a resolution commemorating the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp.

I’ve written this before, but it is worth reiterating: In principle, it is possible to oppose actions taken by the State of Israel, or perhaps even the existence of the nation as such, without being anti-Semitic. But that distinction is, any longer, basically non-existent in practice — as this episode demonstrates. It’s much more than dislike for the Netanyahu government that occasions this degree of vitriol.

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