David Hirsh wrote a piece arguing against the proposal for an academic boycott of Israel because – amongst other reasons – such a boycott would be antisemitic. Hirsh in democratiya [pdf]
Martin Shaw responded that while he opposed the boycott, he didn’t think it was antisemitic. And Hirsh responded to his response. Hirsh and shaw. [pdf]
Martin Shaw’s response to Norman Geras includes this accusation:
[Norman Geras] “really ought to question why he gives his support to David Hirsh’s dogged campaign to tar the boycott movement with anti-semitism. This charge, in this and many other cases, is little more than an underhand way of attempting to discredit opposition to Israel. In the end it raises more questions about the commitments of the anti-anti-semites than it does of the anti-Israelis.”
Classic Livingstone Formulation. We don’t raise the issue of antisemitism because we believe that we observe antisemitism. We do it for some other reason. We do it in order to attempt to discredit opposition to Israel. It is a charge of bad faith which is commonly leveled against Jews who oppose antisemitism.