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On Jew-washing

Posted on the 11 February 2016 by Mikelumish @IsraelThrives
Sar Shalom
Last month, Andrew Pessin made an invaluable demonstration of how Jews endorsing some position does not remove that position's anti-semitism. I would like to add to the discussion about Jew-washing by drawing an analogy to general racism. Consider the case of voter-ID laws which several red states have passed. These laws disproportionately affect African-Americans who are more likely to lack the identification required under those laws. There are those who suggest that the laws are intentionally discriminatory because African-Americans in order to suppress the vote of those who tend to vote against the laws' sponsors. If Clarence Thomas were to endorse those laws, would anyone, particularly amongst those claiming that Jewish support for BDS proves that BDS is not anti-semitic, claim that that shows that voter-ID laws are not racist?

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