Judea Pearl, father of the late reporter Daniel Pearl, addressed the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance, on February 13, regarding the “state of anti-Semitism.”
The program opened with a moment of silence in memory of his son Daniel Pearl, Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and then, brutally murdered by his abductors.
Addressing the crowd, Judea Pearl said he believes his son “was murdered by anti-Zionists, not anti-Semites.”
Pearl argued that, “anti-Zionism is a strain of hate that is far more dangerous to Jews than anti-Semitism,” the Forward reported. Anti-Semitism, he said, is like a “disease” in which “the anti bodies are known.”
However, anti-Zionism, he said, is “the worst form of racism.” Unlike overt anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism “hides itself in the cloak of political debate…. [it] is worse…. harder to fight. It comes in a camouflage that allows it to penetrate vital tissue undetected… like at our universities.”
Anti-Zionism, he continued, “targets the most vulnerable part of the Jewish people, the 6 million people of Israel. It condemns them to eternal statelessness in a very bad neighborhood,” which, ultimately, makes it “morally appalling and strategically harder to fight.”
In response to a question posed by a member of the audience, asking Pearl to state his thoughts regarding Jews who are anti-Zionists, he responded, “That’s easy. It’s a ticket for social acceptance.”