Anti-Zionism is antisemitism

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.

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5 Responses to Anti-Zionism is antisemitism

  1. Pingback: Anti-Zionism is antisemitism – 24/6 Magazine

  2. Henry says:

    There is some good news. New York is now anti-BDS and Samsung introduced an”Kosher” phone for Israelis (the BDS anti-Semites already had issue with Apple, so now they can’t use most smartphones). http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/06/06/nyregion/cuomo-new-york-israel-boycott-bds-movement.html?_r=0&referer=https://www.google.com/

    • anneinpt says:

      Thank you for the good news Henry. The truth is that BDS has made hardly any real impact at all on Israel. What it has done, and this is much more insidious, is that it has managed to conflate the idea of Israel and “apartheid” or “settler colonialism” in the public mind, so that people’s automatic association of Israel and/or Zionism becomes something negative.

      That is demonization and delegitimization. How to fight it without giving them the oxygen of publicity is something I will try to address in another post.

  3. Arab League and Hamas endorse Bernie Sanders! A scare headline? http://www.freddonaldson.com

    • anneinpt says:

      The news is full of scare headlines. I take it all with a very large pinch of salt. I wouldn’t be surprised though if these rumours were correct. I just wish that sanity would prevail in the US. At the moment there doesn’t seem to be one sane candidate.

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