It's also difficult to support the expansion of the occupied territories, the wall to partition Palestinians off from access to anything at all, the day to day reality of Palestinians lined up at crossing boarders for hours on end just to go an buy some food, or supposedly to go to work (you'd figure none of them have fixed hours, right, because the conditions over there are rather worse than trying to get to work on time on a loop train in Melbourne).
There are many reasons to be appalled, on both sides, and the anti-Israel arguments, if presented without too much detail, can be superficially seductive, which is why it's a good idea to take a cold shower once in a while.
The left has singled out Israel, for particular attention - for protests and boycotts and demonising. Not China, not Zimbabwe, not the government of the Congo, not Mexico, where the murder rate is about 40,000 people every year, not Iran, not Afghanistan. Not even a blink of concern for the citizens of North Korea or Cuba. The worst of the worst, with so many truly ugly, evil, barbaric, brutal regimes to choose from - so the left tell us - is Israel; and the most sympathetic, and in need of support community in the world is Palestine.
There is, when you look at this absurd assertion objectively, something wrong in the extreme, and it does, as time goes by, and the shrillness gets louder, begin to look more and more like mindless antisemitism than a legitimate concern with the well being of any Palestinian. It starts to look like a deeply misguided first world indulgence. (Much like anguish over the perpetual pending environmental Armageddon being a first world privilege.)
... the avoidance of Israel and all its ideas and wares has become a weird way of life for some people, where the aim isn't to achieve tangible political goals but rather an inner sensation of super moral smugness.
British luvvies' anti-Israel stance achieves nothingHating Israel is no longer a serious political stance so much as a cultural signifier. It's one of the key ways through which the chattering classes now advertise their decency, their caring streak, their loathing of "evil" and their pity for "victims".And therefore, the more conspicuous they can make their loathing of Israel, the more loudly and colourfully they can declare it, the better. That is why they constantly write letters to newspapers, tell everyone that they studiously avoid Israeli shops, and wear the Yasser Arafat-inspired keffiyeh - because these are all signifiers of moral worth and thus must be made visible to all and sundry.Hating Israel is now like wearing a red ribbon for AIDS or making a virtue of eating only organic foodstuffs.