Anti-Defamation League poll conducted in seven European countries shows almost half of Europeans believe Jews more loyal to Israel than countries they live in, 40% say Jews have too much power.
Anti-Semitism is hating Jews just because they are Jews. And that is indeed wrong, just as it is wrong to hate Blacks just for being Blacks, or the French for being French.
But it is perfectly correct to hate people who do hateful things. I am certain that the thousands of people whose lives were ruined by Bernie Madoff-with-the-loot hate him, and his race has nothing to do with it. It is his ACTIONS that are the issue. And the actions of all people are judged by all other people. Nobody should be above criticism for their actions simply because they are Jewish or support Israel!
Likewise, it is Israel's ACTIONS, in particular the continuing theft of Palestinian lands, that are the source of negative publicity about Israel. If Israel were to draw its borders like any other nation and live within them, most of the problems in the Mideast would vanish. If Israel would grant to the Palestinians the same right to exist Israel demands for itself, most of the problems in the Mideast would vanish. Criticism of Israel is not based on their race or religion but on a continuing attitude that the rules under which other nations live do not and should not apply to Israel. Case in point; Israel's nuclear arsenal, which Israel will not allow the IAEA to inspect. Israel also refuses to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, yet Israel is always the first to point accusing (and wrong) fingers at other nations developing power plants such as Iraq and Iran and on the case of the former, to bomb them. Any nation that acts is such a belligerent fashion, regardless of their religion or race, is deserving of sharp criticism from the rest of the world.
Dismissing the actions of people like Bernie Madoff as hate for the Jews makes as much sense as dismissing the actions of people like Adolf Hitler as hate for the Germans!