Anti-Zionism Equals Anti-Semitism

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  1. Daniels Counter says:

    Thanks for reminding me of that. I struggle with this as well. I am a left Jewish Zionist and I hate the company of those who are not Jewish who oppose the war at the moment precisiely because the abrogate Israel’s right to exist as well as being generally not well minded towards Jews at times

  2. Hirsch says:

    Lets be honest- there were many great leaders of the Jewish people that took a very strong and open anti-zionist position. What seperates them from the neturei kartaniks of today, is that those rabbonim not only had tremendous ahvas yisroel for ALL jews (even ones that differed in their relation to zionism), but they would never even think of aligning themselves with the haters of klal yisroel and Israel. But still, it would be silly and naive to entertain the thought that being anti-zionist automatically constitutes anti-semitism.

    *On a side note one must be very clear in how they translate Zionism (eg:religious zionism/secular
    according to the torah/devoid of religion)

  3. EV says:

    For anyone who wants to read John Thomas’ over-the-top letter and the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s no-pussy-footin’-around response, look at the topmost July 20, 2006 posting at http://www.UCCtruths.com/ (Sorry, there’s no permalink.)

  4. Bob Miller says:

    When people refer to Zionism, what they normally mean is not a specific philosophy advanced by Herzl, Jabotinsky, Rav Kook, or others, but the idea of Jewish settlement and control of the Land of Israel. Those who object to Jewish settlement and control there usually do so because they object to Jews everywhere.

  5. Hirsch says:

    “When people refer to Zionism, what they normally mean is not a specific philosophy advanced by Herzl, Jabotinsky, Rav Kook, or others..”

    I just feel obliged to mention that it’s ironic that you mention Rav Kook ZTKL, along with secular Zionist leaders. Your error may be due to the fact that although Rav Kook was strongly against the approach of the secular zionists, he had such a remarkable level of ahavas yisroel that he refused to scorn the leaders of groups even if they stood for a philosophy that he was strongly at odds with. In other words, Rav Kook was one of the first major leaders of “the kiruv movement” in Eretz Yisroel. He loved Klal Yisroel. He loved Eretz Yisroel. All other details were secondary to the great sage. That of course, does NOT mean he supported the Secular Zionist philosophy of the people he tried to draw closer to the Torah way. For more information on this I refer you to his writings on the topic of the correct derech to take in eretz yisroel. This can be found in Igros HaReyah.

    “Those who object to Jewish settlement and control there usually do so because they object to Jews everywhere.”

    Again, I must point out that there were great leaders in Klal yisroel that was strong “anti-zionists.” Of course that did not shadow their tremendous love for KLAL yisroel in any way.

  6. will spotts says:

    Finally! Someone bothered to actually research the topic. Many of us have noticed this correlation, but it’s nice to have some statistical verification.

    (As a Protestant), I suspect the reason many Protestant supporters of Israel are uncomfortable with the use of the charge of anti-Semitism, but accept the use of the charge of functional anti-Semitism is exactly as you say. We do not want to believe that our friends are guilty of bigotry and hatred . . . in spite of the appearance. This distinction permits us to address the double standards, unfair actions, and statements without making personal accusations. For me, this is a cop out — for a large element of this is plain anti-Semitism having both function and intent.

  7. pablo casados says:

    It was the opposition of the anti- zionists that played an instrumental
    role in jews of eastern EUROPE in not fleeing from the nazis and escaping the holocaust. The anti zionist activities of the NEUTARAI KARTA
    has given aid to HEZBOLLAH and HAMAS. PABLO

  8. Bob Miller says:

    Hirsch said,
    “I just feel obliged to mention that it’s ironic that you mention Rav Kook ZTKL, along with secular Zionist leaders.”

    I included Rav Kook ZT”L because of his association with religious Zionists, not because I thought his approach was secular in any way.

  9. Kylopod says:

    The title of your post is a tad misleading, since the study suggested that anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism are closely linked–but not identical. Of the respondents with strong animosity toward Israel, just 56% (not 100%) were determined to hold anti-Semitic views. That means that nearly half of them are not anti-Semitic. Of course you could argue that they really are, in a veiled way that the study was unable to detect. But that conclusion goes beyond the immediate evidence.

  10. Larry says:

    As an elder in the Presbyterian Church USA I have observed the “passion” by which our denominational leaders seem to be supportive of Muslim terrorists (eg praising Hezbollah terrorists) and being dismissive of a sovereign democracy in the Middle East (Israel).

    Such passion could be anti-semitism. Knowing the hearts of men is not easy. Observing a consistant pattern of being anti-Israel is.

  11. Tamela Beckman says:

    At this time, standing with Israel 100% is my only option. It can get bogged down in Replacement Theology or \”who really is a Jew\” but this war is for Israel\’s survival. Any Christian believer should give unwavering support to Israel and Jews everywhere.

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