Is anti-Zionism anti-Semitism?

This past Monday the Munk Debates convened at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto to argue the proposition that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism. Douglas Murray and Natasha Hausdorff argued for the proposition. Mehdi Hassan and Gideon Levy argued against. Munk has posted its backgrounder on the debate here.

I watched clips of the debate on X before finding a video of the whole thing on YouTube, but the YouTube video I watched has now been removed due to a copyright claim by the Munk Debates. Douglas Murray was of course brilliant and unflappable. Below is his opening statement.

I found the raving of Hasan and Levy painful and overwhelming beyond immediate comment. Melanie Phillips was not so stricken. She takes a step back and draws on her own experience debating the issue in a superb post at her Substack site. She declares in the subhead of her column that “[t]he debate in Toronto gripped, appalled and surprised.” Phillips’s column constitutes a valuable contribution to the debate.

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