A tautological equation: Anti-Zionism=Anti-Semitism

Denouncing the Israeli government is mere camouflage for blatant anti-Semites to pursue their radical agenda. Op-ed.

David Billet ,

Drawing saying Kill the Jews
Drawing saying Kill the Jews
Yoav Eliasi

Those who relentlessly attack the State of Israel have found a home on university campuses, in the liberal leaning media, and, tragically, in the halls of Congress. From Linda Sarsour and Marc Lamont Hill to Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, anti-Zionism has entrenched itself into Western society. In reality, anti-Zionism is undeniably and unquestionably equivalent to the oldest hatred on earth: anti-Semitism.

Zionism is defined as the national movement of the Jewish people for self-determination in their ancestral homeland, Israel. Almost all anti-Zionists utilize this definition to argue that they are not attacking the Jewish people, but rather only the Jewish state. Rashida Talib and Marc Lamont Hill, open supporters of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement (BDS), even took part in a panel in December entitled “Dismantling anti-Semitism, Winning Justice.” Imagine, those who continuously attack the only Jewish state in the world, also proudly declare themselves as the protectors of the Jewish people.

To recognize that anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism are equivalent requires a brief understanding of the Jewish People as a whole. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the definition of a nation is “A large body of people united by common descent, history, culture, or language, inhabiting a particular country or territory.”

All can agree, regardless of political affiliation, that the Jewish People satisfy this definition. The Jewish People share a common descent from Abraham almost 4,000 years ago, maintain a distinct culture, are bonded by the Hebrew language, and come from the land of Israel. Anyone doubting the connection of the Jewish People to a land must only research the Jewish artifacts regularly uncovered in Israel.

Once it is understood that the Jewish People are a nation, it is logical to recognize that an attack against the elements that comprise the Jewish nation, is an attack against the Jewish People themselves. For example, if a movement began to eradicate the Hebrew language or to prohibit Jewish religious practices, this would be considered anti-Semitism. So too, an attack against Zionism, which is the Jewish right of self-determination in their ancestral homeland, Israel, must be anti-Semitism as well.

Many anti-Zionists also argue that Israel must be rejected in the name of protecting the rights of the Palestinian Arabs. While this may attract headlines in the media, in reality, the Palestinian Arab leaders are the true violators of the Palestinian rights. While many Palestinians live in poverty, Palestinian Arab leaders, such as Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas, became wealthy; Palestinian Arab leaders have chosen to support terror rather than providing healthcare or a basic education; and Palestinian children are taught a blatantly anti-Semitic ideology.

On four separate occasions – in 1937, 1948, 2000, and in 2007 – the Palestinian Arabs were offered statehood and immediately rejected it. In 1974, their leadership adopted the Phased Plan, which ultimately hoped to force Israel to withdraw from Judea and Samaria, thereby rendering the Israeli borders indefensible. Once this was accomplished, the leadership planned to wage a war against Israel and wipe the Jewish State off of the map.

The recent peace deals between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco have proven that the only obstacle to peace is the Palestinian Arab leadership, and not the Israeli government. While Israel continues to pursue peace, the sole goal of the Palestinian Arab leadership is to destroy the State of Israel, even when that harms their constituents.

Attacking Zionism and denying the Jewish People the right of self-determination in their ancestral homeland is pure anti-Semitism. The recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, and the dramatic uptick in anti-Semitic attacks around the world, is further proof that denouncing the Israeli government is mere camouflage for blatant anti-Semites to pursue their radical agenda. The time has come for the world to recognize one simple, yet unwavering truth: any attack against the State of Israel is not only felt by the Israeli citizens, but by all Jews around the world.