The Connection between Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism

Anti-Zionism is the latest mutations of the world’s longest hate.

Comments (12)

(8) Anonymous, May 9, 2019 9:40 AM

Exceptional video

Again, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks has provided a succinct and accurate summation of the entirety of Jewish history. This is a MUST SEE!!

(7) Neville Shevloff, May 6, 2019 10:56 AM

Brilliant Video

A cartoon video which cleverly conveys the truth of antisemitism throughout the years

(6) Anonymous, May 6, 2019 8:20 AM

Maybe, Maybe Not

I like the way the Rabbi explains the Jewish point of view connecting Anti-Zionism as the new Anti-Semitism, but I do not necessarily agree that it is always a case of Anti-Semitism when someone is Anti-Zionist. Many see Zionism as a Jewish political movement and something that not every Jew belongs to. They separate the two in their minds. Just like many hate America but love Americans, not because of the people there but the politics of the country. They don't attribute every action the State of Israel takes to every Jew in the world. When they attribute a negative comment to every Jew then it is anti-semitic for sure. There are also those that believe that not every Jew living in Israel is a Zionist. To many being a Zionist in Israel is like being a Republican in America. The non-Zionist in Israel are Religious Jews for the most part and less political . It is a matter of perspective to some point. I can see why most Jewish people would see things the way the Rabbi explained herein, but for others Zionist and Jews are two different categories. I've known Christians who label themselves as Christian Zionist as if it makes them part of the Jewish people with a right to return to the land of Israel. I also think that when G-d labels you he would prefer to label you righteous than anything else, but if you fall short of righteous I cannot see G-d labeling you Zionist over Jewish as if Zionist made you Jewish and connected one to G-d. Is G-d calling the Zionist to repair the world or the Jewish people? If Zionist and Jew are supposed to be interchangeable and mean the same thing then the Jewish people should clarify that because not everyone is on board with those two labels being interchangeable.

Anonymous, May 10, 2019 1:38 AM

They are not interchangeable

I appreciate your post, so much. I have the utmost regard for Rabbi Sacks and read his opinions and commentary on Torah often.

But, Zionism and Judaism are not the same thing.

Ultra-orthodox are mostly anti-zionist, both in diaspora and in Israel. They are waiting on Moshiach, and believe we are not to immigrate as a people, or create a military state. They tend not to be pro-Palestinian, however. But, not all are not.

Progressive Jews that are anti-zionist, more often are pro-Palestinian concerned with values of inclusivity and human rights.

Some Christian Zionists are wanting the Jews to immigrate to Israel for us to convert.

So, to point the self - hating or anti-semitic finger at anti-zionist Jews is 100% wrong.

Anti-semitism is rising, and this is dangerous, and yet there is a bill in congress to withhold U.S. funding for violations of children's rights in West Bank, where there are separate courts for Palestinian teens and Israeli settlers.

Anti-BDS laws are being challenged and overturn. Palestinian Americans have rights to boycott what is unfair treatment of their loved ones, and there is an occupation and not all Palestinians are terrorists.

Conflating Zionism and Judaism is problematic, because there are absolutely legitimate criticisms of governments.

There is alot of hate in the world at present; we must choose light and love, and bring forth the beauty of our beautiful faith and Torah like a beacon. G-d is with us, in Israel and in diaspora. As citizens of our host countries we should expect our leaders to denounce anti-semitism at every turn and to foster tolerance and compassion. As Jews we must turn to Torah, and have Faith in HaShem.

Dvirah, May 10, 2019 12:34 PM

Why 2 Courts

There are separate courts for Pal. & Israelis no matter what age because the Is. are citizens while the Pal. are not so a separate set of laws apply in each case. This is NOT discrimination nor is it "apartheid" - it stems from the fact that the border is still not decided, so the area is neither part of Israel nor under PA jurisdiction.
If it became part of Israel, all residents would become citizens.

(5) Anonymous, May 6, 2019 4:10 AM

Thank you for such a concise explanation. Only question is about Egypt? was it an state before Israel?

Dvirah, May 8, 2019 3:25 PM

Reply re Egypt

Yes, Egypt is also ancient; but (1) it is located on the African continent and never reached to where Israel is and (2) has been ruled by various peoples over the centuries, who each clearly defined themselves as being different from those they conquered. So there is no continuity of race/religion/presence for the "Egyptions" as there is for the Jews.

(4) j.nathan, May 5, 2019 4:43 PM

All I can say is Thank G** there is Israel!!!

(3) bill josephson, May 5, 2019 2:42 PM

Anti Semitism Anti Zionism

Outstanding explanation of the link between anti Semitism and anti Zionism as well as Israel's history.
Too many of my fellow American Jews have lost their bond with Israel unaware or unconcerned about global Jewish struggles.
I commend Rabbi Sacks hoping every US Jews watches his video.

(2) Louis Eisenhauer, May 5, 2019 1:48 PM

Egypt was a nation state before Israel

This was excellent. Very to the point. My only problem is saying Israel was the only nation/state. Egypt obviously was. Now, I understand that there is probably a reason this was written as such, but to the lay person or Jew hater it will be the reason they say all of this is a lie. Egypt is mentioned throughout Tanach. It is even mentioned for its place in the future during the time of Moshiac in the book of Zechariah.
Too bad more people won't watch this.

Anonymous, May 8, 2019 3:30 PM

See Reply re Egypt

While the name Egypt was never changed, the people calling themselves "Egyptians" has changed many times over the course of history. Despite the name there is no continuity of presence like for Israel.

(1) Anonymous, May 5, 2019 1:34 PM

Thank you for this excellent video

A great video! Thanks so much for this video.


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