Topic: No, anti-Zionism is not anti-semitism
Babbler # 1962
posted 04 December 2003 07:02 AM
As an idea, a Jewish homeland was always controversial. As a reality, Israel still is - and it is not anti-Jewish to say so
Wednesday December 3, 2003
From the beginning, political Zionism was a controversial movement even among Jews. So strong was the opposition of German orthodox and reform rabbis to the Zionist idea in the name of Judaism that Theodor Herzl changed the venue of the First Zionist Congress in 1897 from Munich to Basle in Switzerland.
Twenty years later, when the British foreign secretary, Arthur Balfour (sponsor of the 1905 Aliens Act to restrict Jewish immigration to the UK), wanted the government to commit itself to a Jewish homeland in Palestine, his declaration was delayed - not by anti-semites but by leading figures in the British Jewish community. They included a Jewish member of the cabinet who called Balfour's pro-Zionism "anti-semitic in result".
The creation of the state of Israel in 1948 has not put an end to the debate, though the issue has changed. Today, the question is about Israel's future. Should it become a "post-Zionist" state, one that defines itself in terms of the sum of its citizens, rather than seeing itself as belonging to the entire Jewish people? This is a perfectly legitimate question and not anti-semitic in the least. When people suggest otherwise - as Emanuele Ottolenghi did on these pages last Saturday - they simply add to the growing confusion.
This is the counterpoint to the article from last week by Ottolenghi making the opposite claim.
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Babbler # 2938
posted 04 December 2003 10:52 AM
Apparently, at least according to one of Sharon's ministers, Jewish members of the Israeli Knesset, who criticize Israel, are anti-semitic as well:
"Israel's haters no longer need to make the effort
to turn the wheels of anti-Semitism in Europe.
Israeli leftists, led by the initiators of the
Geneva "Accord," do it better and their good
intentions are paving the road to hell for all of
"Under the headline "Contemporary Zionism" - and
in English, "A Failed Israeli Society Collapses While its Leaders Remain Silent," former Knesset speaker MK Avraham Burg publishes an article that describes Israel as a country of nationalistic
discrimination that keeps the Palestinians under the boot of storm troopers. It is one of the most damaging indictments ever of the Zionist state."
"When the festival trumpets fall silent, the
self-righteous leftists - starting with Beilin
and Burg - should ask themselves what they
contributed to the new anti-Semitism and the
call that comes from those anti-Semites: Jews
out of Palestine!"
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