Beware of sound-bites

The first person to discuss Zionism with me was strongly anti, true he was also politically left wing but it was also a fact that he was Jewish.
Much can be found on social media etc. to explain the obvious difference between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism, no more need be said by me. What is obvious to me is that the slur of anti-Semitism is in reality an attempt to blacken the character of any left-wing supporter with an anti-Zionist point of view and has nothing whatever to do with anti-Semitism per se.
The argument over the rights and wrongs of Zionism deserve more consideration than sound bites and prejudices. The whole region of Israel/Palestine has a complex history. From Wikipedia it states:
The Palestine region or parts of it have been controlled by numerous different peoples and regional powers, including the Canaanites, Amorites,[2] Ancient Egyptians, Israelites, Moabites, Ammonites, Tjeker, Philistines, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, ancient Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, different dynasties of the Early Muslim period (Umayads, Abbasids, Seljuqs, Fatimids), Crusaders, Late Muslim dynasties (Ayyubids, Mamluks, Ottoman Turks), the British, Jordanians (1948–1967, on the “West Bank”) and Egyptians (in Gaza), and modern Israelis and Palestinians.”
But complexity does not suit those with an axe to grind, simple sound bites to enforce prejudices are much the preferred option. It’s a cheap trick and we should recognise it as such.

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