At the very beginning of his career as an anti-Israel activist and writer, Ben White published an article that asked: “Is It Possible to Understand the Rise in Anti-Semitism?”
Ben White’s answer was a definite “Yes”:
I do not consider myself an anti-Semite, yet I can also understand why some are. There are, in fact, a number of reasons.
After listing some of these supposed reasons, Ben White repeated in his conclusion:
I have just provided a by no means comprehensive list of reasons why “I can understand very well that some people are unpleasant towards Jews.” I do not agree with them, but I can understand.
Yesterday, Ben White tweeted:
So perhaps Ben White now understands that he justified antisemitism. It would be good if he also came to understand that the article he wrote some ten years ago was a remarkably fitting start to his career, because it revealed the hypocrisy that underlies his activism: if there can be “understandable reasons” for antisemitism, other expressions of racism and bigotry can be similarly justified.