The Egyptian man whose claim to fame is voicing Donald Duck for Disney Middle East has openly called for the destruction of Jewish state, while vehemently denying that he hates the Jews.
On Sunday, Wael Mansour, who identifies himself as the "official voice of Donald Duck" in the region, posted the following on his Twitter account:
"I truly wish #Israel is demolished, I hate Zionism, I have so much hate inside me with every single child they murder or land they seize!"
That post came shortly after another in which Mansour expressed his disgust after watching a short video clip allegedly showing Israeli soldiers roughly arresting a Palestinian Arab woman who had protested the seizure of her home.
Mansour was immediately beset by both supporters and critics. To those who took offense at his outburst, Mansour retorted, "I don’t know why insulting Israel and Zionism is 'Anti-Semitic'?! They are just a bunch of Polish/Ethiopian immigrants ...We respect Jews and disrespect Zionism, there's a difference."
The argument that opposition to Zionism is not the same thing as anti-Semitism is commonly used by modern antagonists of Israel in an attempt to distance themselves from some of history's most heinous crimes against a people group.
But as many have countered, Zionism is the centuries-old hope of an entire people to one day return to and dwell in their ancient homeland. To deny that right and that movement is to attack the Jews themselves.
And that is likely the point, for, as editor Brendan O'Neill of London's Daily Telegraph recently pointed out, "There is one inescapable thing that [anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism] share in common: a tendency to trace all global problems and instabilities back to the behavior and beliefs of a Jewish thing, whether the Jewish people or the Jewish State."
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