Sunday, April 29, 2007

Anti-Zionism = Anti-Semitism

"I love Jews. Some of my best friends are Jewish. I watch Seinfeld and listen to Barbara Streisand. I eat bagels and matzah balls. I'm not an anti-semite, I'm just an anti-Zionist."
No, I'm sorry but that's not the way that things work. Why would someone support the right of self-determination and self-rule for every other people but deny the Jews that right? Is there anyone who would say that he loves Italians, eats spaghetti and meat balls but he believes that Italy should be destroyed and that Italians have no right to a state of their own? Would they have the chutzpah to claim that they are not anti-Italian bigots?
Judaism, unlike Christianity, is based on the concept of peoplehood and nationhood. Judaism's central components are the People of Israel, the Land of Israel and the Torah of Israel. Without love and respect for any of these, Judaism is incomplete. Jews are entitled to their own nation and their own state. They deserve self-determination and independence. To believe otherwise is simply anti-semitism. If you believe that Jews have no right to autonomy and independece, don't deny your anti-semitism. Remember: Anti-Zionism = Anti-semitism


Michael said...

Excellent post, and a good discussion of the an important non-distinction.

Martin Luther King made this point 40 years ago.

Brooke said...

Excellent, and ACCURATE analogy!


WomanHonorThyself said...

hi there Bar..I've seen your comments at my friends' sites and have been trying to find your site...most excellent!..Kol Ha-Kavod!!..(I can add ya to my "esteemed" blogroll if ya like?

southfield_2001 said...

Damn straight, bar.