Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism are Unrelated
Submitted by TTJ on Thu, 12/08/2016 - 13:16
The news has been full of charges of anti semitism lately. In light of this, we feel it necessary to take a step back and examine the question of, what exactly is anti semitism.
The Oxford Dictionary definition of anti-Semitism is “hostility to or prejudice against Jews.” You wouldn’t know that though, if you read the recent statements from various Zionist groups. According to Zionists, anti-Semitism hinges on one’s views toward Israel. Oppose Israel: you’re an anti-Semite, Pro-Israel: you’re a friend of the Jewish people. The Zionist definition of anti-Semitism is obviously inaccurate.
To determine whether one is an anti-Semite, we must take a look and see how that person treats Jews and views Jewish values. Zionism is a political ideology, and one’s views toward Zionism or “Israel,” the embodiment of that ideology, has no bearing on the question of whether one is an anti-Semite.
Let’s take a look at some clearly anti-Semitic statements. Consider the following, “The Jewish people are a very nasty people. Their neighbors hate them, and they’re right.” Or, “If the tables were turned and others were the Jews, wouldn’t we have good cause to hate them as well?” How about, “Those loathsome Jews are vomited out by any healthy collective and state, not because they are Jews, but because of their Jewish repulsiveness.” And finally, “Sterile Jewish masses living parasitically off of the body of an alien economic body.” Now, one doesn’t have to be an expert on anti-Semitism to recognize that each one of these statements is extremely anti-Semitic. So who said these things? None other than some of the founding fathers of Zionism. The first was said by Vladimir Jabotinsky, the second by Yosef Chaim Brenner, the third, Uri Zvi Greenberg, and finally David Ben-Gurion. Ben-Gurion’s quote is eerily similar to a quote from perhaps the most famous anti-Semite of all time, Hitler! In Mein Kampf, Hitler wrote, “never a nomad but always a parasite in the body of other peoples.” That is what anti-Semitism really sounds like.