Monday, April 4, 2016

Anti-Zionism and Anti-Semitism

What we're reading today:

Rejecting Zionist Principles Is a Rejection of Jews By Daniel Gordis

The lopsidedness and relentlessness of critique to which Israel is subjected (and from which Palestinian leadership and policy are largely exempted) is fueled by a fundamental rejection of the idea of a Jewish State. Given that the State of Israel was created first and foremost to ensure the safety and flourishing of the Jewish people, that rejection constitutes an assault on the safety of the Jewish people. It is thus by definition the newest form of the centuries-old virus called anti-Semitism. It is illegitimate. It is immoral. And it needs to be stopped.

Anti-Zionism is the new Anti-Semitism by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

What then is anti-Semitism? It is not a coherent set of beliefs but a set of contradictions. Before the Holocaust, Jews were hated because they were poor and because they were rich; because they were communists and because they were capitalists; because they kept to themselves and because they infiltrated everywhere; because they clung tenaciously to ancient religious beliefs and because they were rootless cosmopolitans who believed nothing.

Anti-semitism is a virus that survives by mutating. In the Middle Ages, Jews were hated because of their religion. In the 19th and 20th centuries they were hated because of their race. Today they are hated because of their nation state, Israel. Anti-Zionism is the new anti-Semitism.
Anti-Zionism is a hateful ideology. It has no place at UC by Judea Pearl
Anti-Semitism targets Jews as individuals; anti-Zionism targets Jews as a people. Anti-Semitism would deny Jews equal standing as human beings; anti-Zionism would ban Israel from equal membership in the family of nations.
If we examine anti-Zionist ideology closely, we see that its aims are: to uproot one people, the Jewish people, from its homeland, to take away its ability to defend itself in sovereignty, and to delegitimize its historical identity. It is racist and fundamentally eliminationist.


Shlomo Ben Hungstien said...

and let's not forget that the vast majority of this kind of modern day anti-Semitism outside of the muslim world comes from the far left. and for those of you who are puzzled why more Jews today vote republican then ever before even though they're generally left of center on social issues is because radical leftists have all but pushed them into that corner. there's been a history of betrayal that Jews have suffered by those that were supposedly their friends or had nothing against them. today it's the left that have turned on the Jews and i feel that the majority of Jews who vote republican do it every bit as a "F" you to the left as a vote for Israel's future.

Anonymous said...

"F" the Left.