anti-Semitism Anti-Zionist

A NUANCE OF DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ANTI-ZIONISTS AND GARDEN VARIETY ANTISEMITES……..

 

For them it’s always the Jooos at fault, singularly, communally or in the State of Israel.

This pretty much sums it up for me in describing the fruit loops who regularly attack the Jewish state as the poisoner of international wells. The typical thinking goes something like this: ”Because of the state of Israel, the world ________  bla bla bla.

There is one inescapable thing that they share in common: a tendency to trace all global problems and instabilities back to the behaviour and beliefs of a Jewish thing, whether the Jewish people or the Jewish State. Modern-day anti-Zionism, particularly as practised by left-leaning, trendy Europeans, among whom it is highly fashionable, is the heir to old-style anti-Semitism in one very important way: it has a scary habit of treating Jewish stuff or Jewish people as the source of the world’s ills.

Anti-Zionists claim to be completely different to anti- Semites. But there’s one key thing they have in common

By Brendan O’Neill World Last updated: July 19th, 2013

David Ward, the Lib Dem MP who has had the whip withdrawn after comments about Zionists and Jews

Nick Clegg’s withdrawal of the party whip from his Bradford East MP David Ward will reignite the debate over whether there’s a difference between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. In January this year, Mr Ward found himself at the centre of a media storm when, on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day, he lambasted “the Jews” for their cruelty towards the Palestinians. But it is for his more recent comments about Zionism that Mr Ward has had his knuckles rapped by Clegg. Mr Ward tweeted on Saturday night: “Am I wrong or am I right? At long last the #Zionists are losing the battle – how long can the #apartheid State of #Israel last?” Some argue that criticising Zionism or Israel is an entirely legitimate thing to do and is not remotely comparable to expressing disdain or disgust for “the Jews”, and so if Mr Ward was to be punished for anything it should have been for his earlier, very dodgy comments about “the Jews”, not for his blathering about Zionism.

I have some sympathy with this viewpoint – but not nearly as much as I might have had in the past. I think the line between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism is getting thinner all the time. These two worldviews are, if obviously not the exact same thing, then at least very close cousins.

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