When people disagree with a definition, their reasons for doing so usually include the fact that either (a) the definition contains some false claims about its subject-matter; or (b) the definition omits some true claims about its subject matter. Richard Kuper strongly objects to the EUMC Working Definition of Antisemitism; indeed he warmly endorses the UCU decision to refuse to have anything to do with it. The puzzle about his attack on the Definition is that his reasons for disagreeing with it don’t include either (a) or (b) above. He thinks that what the Definition says is true; and though he seems to think it omits to say certain things, he’s wrong about that in ways which are so blatant that it’s hard to believe that he can possibly mean it.
Kuper’s main grouse about the definition is that he thinks it conflates anti-Semitism with legitimate criticism of Israel; in fact he thinks it can only be understood as ‘a propaganda campaign by Israel and its supporters against the country’s deteriorating public image’….