I know it’s been said over and over, but judging from the way today’s Jew-haters insist they don’t hate Jews, merely “Zionists” or “the settlements”, it is evident that our message is not getting across. This is why it was such an important moment when the former British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks stated – on BBC TV of all places – that the two hatreds, Anti-Zionism and antisemitism, are one and the same:
Rabbi Sacks accurately portrays antisemitism as a “virus that mutates”. Whereas once religious hatred was acceptable, followed by racism, nowadays such bigotries are socially unacceptable. That is how Jew-hatred morphed into anti-Zionism. Rabbi Sacks made similar assertions in an article in Newsweek in March.
Speaking on a similar theme, Advocate Alan Dershowitz, a veteran pro-Israel activist, counters those who would challenge the legitimacy of Israel’s very existence. Here too, Dershowitz demonstrates that anti-Zionism and antisemitism do not merely overlap; they are two sides of the same coin.
Singling out Israel for opprobrium when other, much worse countries, receive a free pass, has no other explanation other than antisemitism.
For those of us who engage with antisemites and anti-Zionists in the social media, these two experienced speakers have provided plenty of ammunition to use in promoting our message and supporting Israel.