A pre-season friendly match played by Israel’s Maccabi Haifa against Lille in Austria was ended prematurely when a group of pro-Palestinian protesters invaded the pitch and scuffled with players.
The protesters brandished Palestinian flags and reportedly shouted anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic slogans at the players, and a couple of whom got involved in brief altercations.
So, people in Europe are just attacking Jews now. This is a thing that is happening.
If you’re interested in protesting Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, I understand you. That’s not what’s happening in Austria or Germany or France. These are people who decided to just assault people who are from Israel or who are Jewish.
One can oppose Israeli government policy without being anti-Semitic. But this is NOT such an example. Blaming individual citizens (or even just members of the ethnic, religious, or national group) for the actions of a government is a form of racism (like blaming all Muslims for 9/11 or all young Hispanic men for gang crimes).
Isn’t it also precisely why people oppose the attack on Gaza? Because it punishes civilians for the actions of Hamas militants?
When you employ the same behavior of the people who you oppose, you’re not taking a moral stand. You’re just choosing sides.