I thought I would paste up this comment, I think it provides an intelligent response, I am definately concerned that opposition to the excess of Israel in Gaza is being attacked as anti-semitism as a way of bulldozing opinions just like houses of Palestinians are bulldozed...in turn anti-semitism has not gone away and mad racist conspiracy theories led to the holocaust and need to be resisted.
There is no contradiction between defending Palestine and challenging anti-semitism. I certainly think that Islamphobia is a bigger problem than anti-semitism in the UK but any form of racism is poison and anti-semitism has deep roots and has led to millions of deaths.
Of course there are plenty of Jewish socialist, anarchists, greens and others who are highly critical of Zionism and plenty of powerful nasty people of all ethnicities who want to arm Israel to the teeth so they can keep killing...Obama, McCain and Clinton come to mind. I guess there is no way other than employing a libel lawyer to stop some people shouting out anti-semite when I pass such opinions.
Any way keep the comments flowing (although please don't actually lie about me) and have a look at James' blog if you want to send some books to Palestine...
There are some misconceptions in the responses.
Isaac Deutscher did not become a Zionist after the Holocaust though he described himself as a "friend of the Israeli people" and his post-war opposition to Zionism as "more in sorrow than anger".
Few Bundists survived the Nazi genocide but small Bund groups re-formed in the countries they ended up in as refugees including Palestine/Israel. The first Bund conferences after the Holocaust - in Belgium in 1947 and the USA in 48 re-affirmed the Bund's historical opposition to Zionism, and rejected the idea of partitioning Palestine. They favoured a bi-national solution.
Those who have posted comments suggesting that antisemitism is insignificant or non-existent in Britain today are quite mistaken and do not help either the anti-racist movement or those opposing Zionism.
While other groups bear the brunt of direct discrimination, antisemitic incidents are nevertheless running at a serious level both here and in a number of other countries in Western and Eastern Europe. And despite the opportunism of far right groups like the BNP now pretending that they admire Israel, antisemitism remains at the heart of their worldview.
Zionists are past masters at exploiting the presence of antisemitism for their ends but if progressives don't acknowledge antisemitism and act against it - it leaves the field open for the Zionists.
Today there is more dissent within Jewish communities over Israel/Zionism than at any time since Israel was created. We should be challenging zionist racism and oppression of the Palestinians at the same time as, and not instead of, challenging antisemitism.