Here is a cartoon from Carlos Latuff, with ensuing discussion: http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2007/11/385592.html?c=all.The cartoon is intended to preclude the very possibility that a comment can be both anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic, and that anti-Zionism is therefore an instantaneous defence against the charge of anti-Semitism in all its forms, a defence that simply cannot be trumped.
A poster who lost family in the Holocaust protests:“This comic deeply offends and upsets me. My family has been murdered through outright anti-semitism, all my family around my grandparents disappeared in concentration and labor camps. This is exactly the kind of thing which makes me feel nautious on Indymedia, and far more under attack than on any other website on the net, including the far rights: i simply expect them to hate me.”
The poster is, I believe, giving a from-the-heart complaint and is right to be offended. Latuff attempts to preemptively defend any anti-Israel comment of any kind from the charge of anti-Semitism, and to ridicule the charge, even when deserved. How does he do this? He claims that if you never mention Israeli violence against the Palestinians “you’ll never be labeled an anti-Semite.” Therefore, according to the cartoon’s logic, it’s only those who protest Israeli violence against Palestinians who are called anti-Semites. And in turn if you hear the charge of anti-Semitism, you should immediately conclude that it’s coming from a defender of Israel trying to whitewash Israeli violence.
Latuff’s position, though, seems to be the actual motivation behind the Indymedia UK reluctance to hide even obviously anti-Semitic posts: editors presume that the accusation of anti-Semitism is inherently false, and the burden of proof is on the accuser. This leads to an obvious double standard: a post which skirts the line of anti-Semitic bigotry is allowed to remain and is defended ardently on anti-censorship grounds by one or two UK editors; posts which skirt the line of other forms of bigotry are hidden immediately and that’s that.
Hence, the poster’s complaint about antisemitism on Indymedia UK was swatted away instantly, ignored, or even derided.