The Guardian Defends Jews by Kind of Comparing Israel to Al Qaeda

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An Israeli flag flutters atop an armoured personnel carrier (APC) carrying Israeli troops on the border between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on July 25, 2014.
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The U.K.'s intrepid left-of-center paper has issued a staff decree on reports of rising anti-Semitism in Europe. Just like not all Muslims were responsible for 9/11, the editorial board writes, not all Jews are responsible for Israel's policies: "though the cases are not equivalent, the same logic applies here." (The subtext being, please, Europe — stop burning their temples.) We can't imagine the Al Qaeda comparison will go over well, but we appreciate the effort.