There are supporters of Israel who are too quick to cry “anti-Semitism” when Israel is criticized. But it’s also true that there are anti-Semites who sugar their hate speech as “anti-Zionism,” and who characterize any reaction against such hate speech as “Zionist censorship.”
Indymedia UK is right to push back against unsubstantiated allegations of anti-Semitism. The problem is that it’s possible to go too far in the other direction. Unfortunately, this appears to be the path that Indymedia UK is on. That is, Indymedia UK now pushes back on substantiated accusations of anti-Semitism, such as the case of the writer Gilad Atzmon, resulting in a considerable double standard in how anti-Semitic posts are treated.
Because editorial policy at Indymedia UK is set by unanimous consensus, even a single editor who fails to see the anti-Semitism of a post or poster can force that post to remain visible against the better advice of his colleagues — to the chagrin of the rest of the editorial collective and to the detriment of Indymedia UK as a whole.
Indymedia UK will either need to address this issue structurally, or it will need to accept the fact that it is not truly an anti-racist site.
I don’t believe that anyone at Indymedia UK is motivated by direct anti-Semitism. I think, however, that some editors have made the politically and ethically dubious decision to enable this double standard, and thereby allow themselves — and Indymedia UK — to become a conduit of anti-Semitism. This blog is meant as a site in which I will document this process.
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