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David Deutsch
Yes, it's a derangement—the most harmful and dangerous in Western society. Very widespread. But *it's not hatred*, though it sometimes causes that. Nor racism (occasionally causes that too). It's a compulsion to legitimise hurting Jews. 'Antisemitism' is a misleading term for it.
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David Kedmey 13 Apr 18
Replying to @DavidDeutschOxf
Maybe by calling out the harm and danger to non-Jews, some progress can be made. What would you say is most destructive about it for Western society?
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David Deutsch 13 Apr 18
Replying to @DKedmey
Where does one begin? Without it, the UN would be a force for human rights. The Labour Party would be a constructive centre-left movement… But those are just drops in the ocean. The *most* destructive things it causes are hard to explain in tweets.
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David Deutsch 13 Apr 18
Replying to @giggs_boson
Much of that is exaggerated, but yeah.
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Chris 13 Apr 18
Replying to @DavidDeutschOxf
So you don’t think the compulsion to legitimize hurting Jews is caused by hatred? I would’ve thought that hatred/racism was the cause.
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David Deutsch 13 Apr 18
Replying to @Marquees_Bird
Most people with that compulsion, even at the intensity described by O'Neill, can introspect "do I mind sitting near a Jew on a bus…or marrying one…do I favour discrimination against Jews…?" and truly conclude no, they're innocent of all that—and hence that he's smearing them.
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Evan 13 Apr 18
Replying to @DavidDeutschOxf
No, we don't hate Jews. It's the actions of the Israeli gov't. Military occupation of Gaza/West Bank, military detention/torture of Palestinian minors, demolishing homes & building settlements. The fact that Israel never strikes ISIS, only the Syrian gov forces.
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Evan 13 Apr 18
Replying to @DavidDeutschOxf
We do condemn Turkey, Saudi Arabia, France, UK & USA for their horrible military actions.
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Evan O'Leary 16 Apr 18
Replying to @DavidDeutschOxf
I wonder if the tradition of self-criticism in Judaism is like an attractor for irrational criticism from infallibilist philosophies. Like how people picking on academics disproportionately seems explainable by the fact that only academics will take bad criticism seriously.
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reversechapter 13 Apr 18
Replying to @DavidDeutschOxf
So the question to be answered is what's driving this compulsion? Could it be a self-serving motivation - within a local culture, individuals mistakenly think they're helping to solve a problem for the good of the collective?
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