This is how NOT to do it.
Do you want to know why Jews have a hard time trusting goy “anti-zionists” when they say they aren’t anti-semitic? This guy.
I personally think this guy was just being snarky and is probably not at all “big on [his] boy Hitler,” but being so flip about it is a problem. Also, there are plenty of people who wouldn’t read what he’s saying here as a joke the way I did. In fact, I found this posted to a group of descendants of Holocaust Survivors and the person who gave the link was absolutely livid, and I don’t blame her. I think Mel Brooks can make Hitler jokes all he wants because he’s Jewish and it’s punching up at our enemy. I get twitchy when non-Jews make Hitler jokes at an anti-Israel protest. Are you protesting Israel or the Jews? Because there was no Israel in 1945 and therefore no Israelis for Hitler to kill.
And that’s the thing, anti-semitism isn’t just a matter of saying and doing anti-Jewish things, it’s allowing them to go uncontested. The amount of anti-Jewish things I’ve seen and heard out of the “anti-Zionist” crowd is absolutely infuriating. I can understand that there will be a certain amount of anti-semites in the group who conflate the Israeli government’s actions with ALL Jews, but the people who understand the distinction need to do a better job of clamping down on it. I hear a lot of “well, I didn’t hear it,” excuses. That’s a defense after the fact. You have to fight it in advance and tell people what isn’t welcome at a protest. And for that, I’m sorry, you will have to actually understand what anti-semitism is and not just rely on what you think it is. And no, it isn’t that hard. You’re on tumblr. You should’ve read this by now.
I have to give points to the people in this particular crowd who were calling out his bullshit. Stuff like what he’s saying should NOT go uncontested. The fact that he very clearly ALLOWED this to be filmed, since there is confirmation at the beginning of the video, compounds the general apathy towards Jews.