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Anti-Zionism Is the New Anti-Semitism

Anti-zionism is the new anti-semitism
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Zionism, or the belief in the Jewish right to self-determination in the land of Israel, has been the topic of contentious global debate for decades. And while the United States government is making moves to strengthen its special relationship with Israel, such as relocating the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, scrutiny of Israel and its government looms large in American politics. Is it possible to distinguish anti-Zionism from anti-Semitism?


“In brief, it’s Israel’s national ideology, with Judaism serving as both a nationality and religion.”


Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Zack Beauchamp

"While Title VI does not cover discrimination based on religion, individuals who face discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin do not lose protection under Title VI for also being a member of a group that shares common religious practices.  Discrimination against Jews may give rise to a Title VI violation when the discrimination is based on an individual’s race, color, or national origin."

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Donald Trump
"The Education Department has ordered Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to remake the Middle East studies program run jointly by the two schools after concluding that it was offering students a biased curriculum that, among other complaints, did not present enough “positive” imagery of Judaism and Christianity in the region. In a rare instance of federal intervention in college course content, the department asserted that the universities’ Middle East program violated the standards of a federal program that awards funding to international studies and foreign language programs."
Thursday, September 19, 2019
Erica L Green

"The Remembrance Alliance definition makes clear what our administration has stated publicly and on the record: Anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism. The inclusion of this language with contemporary examples gives critical guidance to agencies enforcing Title VI provisions."

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Jared Kushner

“One does not have to be an anti-Semite to be an anti-Zionist, but one certainly can be both an anti-Semite and an anti-Zionist. Trump, however, has inverted this formula by positioning himself as a pro-Zionist anti-Semite.”


Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Masha Gessen
"In a rampage described as among the deadliest against the Jewish community in the United States, the assailant stormed into the Tree of Life Congregation, where worshipers had gathered in separate rooms to celebrate their faith, and shot indiscriminately into the crowd, shattering what had otherwise been a peaceful morning."
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Campbell Robertson, Christopher Mele and Sabrina Tavernise

"Two gunmen went on an hourslong shooting rampage Tuesday, targeting a Jewish grocery store and getting into a firefight with police that killed four people, including a police officer, as well as the two suspects, officials said."

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Ben Chapman, Tyler Blint-Welsh and Joseph De Avila
"The internal Labour row over anti-Semitism has dragged on for nearly three years. Here's a guide to what's been going on."
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

"Anti-Zionism is a form of antisemitism, France’s National Assembly determined on Tuesday, voting on a resolution calling on the government to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism."

Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Lahav Harkov
For The Motion

“To single out Israel, the only liberal democracy in the Middle East, for demonization and isolation, while ignoring egregious human rights violators aplenty, once again smacks of anti-Jewish hatred.”

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
David Harris

“I take “Zionism” to mean a belief in the rightful existence of a Jewish state, nothing more. Anti-Zionism denies the rightfulness.”

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Michael Walzer

“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.”

Sunday, April 3, 2016
Jonathan Sacks
"The recent eruptions of anti-Semitism in America have awakened us to a prejudice that has long resided, in quiet ways and in many forms, in this country. And the part of it that now disguises itself as anti-Zionism—hatred of the Jewish state that was established in the wake of the Holocaust as a refuge for Jews—has even seemed, to some, virtuous, a sentiment they believe puts them in humanity’s moral vanguard."
Monday, January 27, 2020
Walter Reich
Against The Motion

“The conflation of anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism is a bit of rhetorical sleight-of-hand that depends on treating Israel as the embodiment of the Jewish people everywhere. Certainly, some criticism of Israel is anti-Semitic, but it’s entirely possible to oppose Jewish ethno-nationalism without being a bigot. Indeed, it’s increasingly absurd to treat the Israeli state as a stand-in for Jews writ large, given the way the current Israeli government has aligned itself with far-right European movements that have anti-Semitic roots.”

Friday, December 7, 2018
Michelle Goldberg

“Through study and action, through deep relationship with Palestinians fighting for their own liberation, and through our own understanding of Jewish safety and self determination, we have come to see that Zionism was a false and failed answer to the desperately real question many of our ancestors faced of how to protect Jewish lives from murderous antisemitism in Europe.”

Friday, February 14, 2020
Jewish Voice for Peace

“As the executive director of T’ruah, a Jewish organization dedicated to protecting human rights here, in Israel and in the occupied Palestinian territories, I know it’s possible to criticize Israel without veering into anti-Semitism. I do it every day.”

Friday, May 18, 2018
Jill Jacobs

“Today, if you advocate for a single state in which everyone has equal voting rights, they call you anti-Zionist, but that is not a definition of Zionism which many early Zionists would have accepted. (Meanwhile, if you advocate for a one-state solution in which Jews still maintain a voting majority, by denying votes to Palestinians in perpetuity, you’re still welcome in American synagogues.)”

Friday, August 30, 2019
Joel Swanson
The BDS Movement
"Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) is a Palestinian-led movement for freedom, justice and equality. BDS upholds the simple principle that Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of humanity."
Friday, February 14, 2020

"Most Jews regard eliminationist statements about Israel as anti-Semitic, as well as the most popular anti-Zionist movement — the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement movement, known as BDS. AllprominentBDS activists advocate dismantling the State of Israel."

Thursday, March 14, 2019
Nurit Baytch

"Senators have yet again introduced a version of the Combating BDS Act that would  encourage states  to adopt unconstitutional measures intended to suppress  protected  political expression when those opinions are disfavored by the government."

Monday, January 28, 2019
Polls and Public Opinion
"AJC’s 2019 Survey of American Jewish Opinion, conducted by the research company SSRS, is based on telephone interviews carried out April 10 - May 7, with a national sample of 1,006 Jews over age 18. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.1%"
Sunday, June 2, 2019
"The ADL Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents is conducted semi-annually by ADL’s Center on Extremism to monitor and track Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States. The Center on Extremism (COE) is a foremost authority on extremism, terrorism, anti-Semitism and all forms of hate." 
Sunday, December 31, 2017