"I was wondering where the line is drawn between being a critic of isreal and being anti semetic?"
To answer that question one could write a book. It's very hard to capsualize this topic in a basic summary but I'll try.
Israel is a nation, it's nationals are "Israelis". If the Israeli government is in the wrong of course it's legitimate to criticise it. And that applies to any other nation. To put it into context, let's take the good ole US of A. Millions of people, including Americans have severely criticized the American government and George W. Bush for the war in Iraq. Does that mean all those people are automatically "anti-American"? Of course not. Some for sure are, but not everyone. There are many patriotic Americans who oppose the war in Iraq, but they could not be considered "Anti-American".
With respect to Israel, you need to be more specific on what you mean by "critic of Israel". For example, if you mean, "Israel is oppressing the Palestinians and take excessive military action in response to suicide bombings and in doing so kill innocent people", that is in [i:1f3d786494]no[/i:1f3d786494] way, shape or form anti-semitic no matter what anyone says. But if being a critic of Israel means, "the Jews are out to control the world and 'occupied Palestine' is their first conquest", i.e. the type of rhetoric you see on neo-Nazi websites, then yes that can be considered anti-semitic. But then the latter is not really a direct criticism of Israel, it is an anti-semitic statement using Israel as it's "whipping boy".
Looking at it from the opposite angle, many right-wing Israelis severely criticized Ariel Sharon's unilateral withdrawal from Gaza. Does that mean they are all anti-semites because they are being critical of Israel here?
The variables on this subject is endless.
Anti-semites are ALWAYS anti-Israel (they're anti anything that's Jewish)That's where the confusion lies and why the line gets fuzzy between being anti-Israel and anti-semitic. But the bottom line is that you don't have to be an anti-semite to be a critic of Israel.