Is anti-Zionism Anti-Semitism?

The Rise of Anti-Semitism ?

Over the centuries anti-Semitism has caused much bloodshed, and right-thinking people recognize how tragic it is. But the term is often used incorrectly today – abused to promote people’s agendas.
In the past, the Jews suffered from hatred because they were Jews, and especially for their tenacity in keeping their religion.
Just over one hundred years ago, the Zionist movement began with the claim that by abandoning Judaism and adopting the philosophy of nationalism, living as an independent nation in its own state, the Jews could escape anti-Semitism.
The Zionists created a state in Palestine and oppressed its indigenous population, Muslims as well as the native Jewish community. These Palestinian Jews considered the new state a sin because the Torah forbids Jews to create a sovereign State; likewise, oppressing, killing and stealing are crimes in Judaism.

For decades, the Zionists have been using all tactics at their disposal to gain support for their movement and silence every legitimate voice of opposition. They condemn anyone who criticizes Israel as anti-Semitic, based on the claim that Judaism and Zionism are one and the same, that the State of Israel represents world Jewry and that all Jews support it.

But in fact, it is the Zionists’ actions that are currently exacerbating anti-Semitism on a large scale around the world. Therefore, encouraging the conflation of Zionism with Judaism encourages hatred toward the innocent, while differentiating between the two reduces hate. The result of this conflation is that all Jews end up being the target of anger over actions perpetrated by the Zionists supposedly in their name, against their will. Moreover, religious Jews are often targeted because they look and dress like Jews, while the Zionists generally don’t.

This is no accident; it is actually rooted in the pillars of the Zionist movement that anti-Semitism is necessary to promote Zionism, because anti-Semites want Jews out of their countries, and their actions spur Jews to flee. “The anti-Semites will become our most dependable friends, the anti-Semitic countries our allies,” wrote their founder, Herzl, in his diary (p. 84).
The Zionists also understood that massive Jewish suffering would rouse the sympathy of the nations of the world to allow them a State. Thus it was only the Holocaust that finally gave the Zionists enough international support to achieve statehood. While the Holocaust was happening, they realized it would be their trump card and that’s when they said their infamous line, “Only through [Jewish] blood will the land be ours.” (Holocaust Victims Accuse, p. 26)

Not only did the Zionist movement need anti-Semitism; they actually encouraged it. Herzl met with world leaders and tried to convince them that it would be beneficial for them if Jews left their countries. Later, Zionist crimes against Palestinians provoked anger against Jews in Middle Eastern countries, providing a stream of Jewish immigrants that the Zionists needed.
In parts of the world where anti-Semitism did not exist, and the Zionists were not successful in creating any, they actually carried out attacks against Jews to make it seem like there was anti-Semitism. For example, in Baghdad in 1950 Zionist agents bombed Jewish targets including synagogues, hoping it would be blamed on Arabs so that Jews should leave Iraq and come to their state, as documented in the book “Ben-Gurion’s Scandals.”

To the present day, Netanyahu enjoys traveling to European countries (most recently France) whenever an attack on Jews takes place to tell the Jews to leave to Israel.

But those who think a little can see the truth: that far from being a safe haven, Israel is actually a war zone, the most dangerous place on earth for a Jew to live. The Zionists want Jews to forget that Jews and Arabs lived side by side in Palestine in peace until the beginning of the Zionist occupation; it is the Zionists who caused the danger. The Zionists are like someone who sets fire to a house and then helps the owners save a few of their belongings. They are not saviors for Jews, only for their political movement.

To the present day, the large communities of anti-Zionist Jews in the Holy Land are brutally oppressed, beaten and some assassinated for their staunch opposition to the State of Israel. Hundreds of boys and girls are viciously attacked and arrested for their refusal to serve in the Israeli army.

In fact, most religious Jews have strongly opposed Zionism since its founding day. Over the past 2000 years of the Jewish exile, the Jewish people never attempted to end the exile by physical means because they believed that Jewish exile is a Divine Decree, and also that the Jews are forbidden to fight against other nations.

Today, masses of religious Jews worldwide are embarrassed and humiliated because of what Zionists have done in their name and in the name of the Jewish religion. Judaism is desecrated when it is misused to justify the Zionist crimes.
Just as the Zionists attempt to silence voices in the non-Jewish world with the accusation of anti-Semitism, they have their means of silencing voices of dissent within the Jewish community. Rabbis, leaders, writers and teachers stand to lose their jobs and have their reputations ruined if they speak up.

In summary, it is the Zionist movement which, in addition to the crimes it commits against the Palestinian people, it is a true disaster to the Jewish people and a violation of the Jewish religion. It is a true form of anti-Semitism, especially when they perpetuate the conflation of Judaism/Jews and Zionism by accusing those who speak against their state of being anti-Jewish. The best response to them is to show that Jews are not necessarily Zionists and Zionists are not necessarily Jews.

It should be admired when courageous individuals stand up for justice to condemn Israeli atrocities, while at the same time making the distinction between Judaism and Zionism. But Jewish organizations who denounce such individuals as anti-Semitic are causing real anti-Semitism.

Of course, there certainly is real anti-Semitism in the world. But in most cases, people criticizing Israel haven’t said anything bad about Jews at all. It’s only Zionist propaganda that tries to portray it this way.

Let’s not give into the propaganda. Let’s continue to advocate for justice. Keep Judaism and Zionism separate. Never conflate Jews with Zionists. Anti-Zionism in not anti-Semitism.


Here are important related Quotes:
“The Zionists in their early days defamed the Jewish people to the nations, telling government officials that they were dangerous and must be expelled, thinking that this would make it easier for them to achieve their goal to come to the Land of Israel and organize their own state.” (Rabbi Yoel Teitelbaum, 1887-1979, Chief Rabbi of anti-Zionist Rabbinate of Palestine, Vayoel Moshe 110)

“In 1933 the Zionist “statesmen” forsook the only plausible method of political amenability; and with their boycott incensed the leader of Germany to a frenzy.” (Ten Questions to the Zionists, by Rabbi Michoel Ber Weissmandl, 1903-1957, rescue activist during the Holocaust and founder of the Nitra Jewish religious school network in USA)

“After 750,000 Palestinians were uprooted and their lands confiscated in 1948-49, Ben Gurion had to look to the Islamic countries for Jews who could fill the resultant cheap labor market. “Emissaries” were smuggled into these countries to “convince” Jews to leave either by trickery or fear. In the case of Iraq, both methods were used: uneducated Jews were told of a Messianic Israel in which the blind see, the lame walk, and onions grow as big as melons; educated Jews had bombs thrown at them.” (Naeim Giladi, The Jews of Iraq)

[After Britten offered to help Jews during the Holocaust to find refuge in India] “At the 1943, when the next steps were being energetically pursued by over 100 M.P.s and Lords, a spokesman for the Zionists announced that the Jews would oppose the motion on the grounds of its omitting to refer to Palestine” (Rabbi Dr. Solomon Schonfeld, Letter to the editor, Times of London, June 6, 1961)

“We wish to express our definite opposition to a Jewish state in any part of Palestine.” (Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Dushinsky, 1867-1948, Chief Rabbi of the anti-Zionist Rabbinate of Palestine, in written to the United Nations in 1947)

“The Arabs were very friendly people, and the Jewish People in Hebron lived together with them and had very friendly relations with them. They worked with Jews, and everybody got along just fine.… it is the accursed Zionists who caused them to hate us. Everyone should know who the murderers are – the Zionists are the biggest murderers in the world, who refuse to let the Jewish People live in peace either physically or spiritually!” (Rabbi Boruch Kaplan, survivor of the Hebron massacre in 1929 and founder of Bais Yaakov School in Brooklyn, NY)


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