Pro-Palestine voices must not be silenced

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“In our experience, the main reason speaking out for peace is dangerous is because the accusation of antisemitism has become a catch-all used to silence criticism of Israel. Needless to say, this tactic is disingenuous and irresponsible. Antisemitism specifically refers to prejudice against or persecution of people of Jewish faith or origin. To argue that criticism of the Israeli state falls under that definition is, therefore, to argue that Judaism and Zionism are identical, implying that one cannot be Jewish without supporting Israeli state violence and that those who support Israel and its crimes cannot possibly be antisemitic. Neither of these statements is true: many Jewish activists support Palestinian liberation, and many Christian Zionists have been well-documented antisemites. []”

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