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People or organizations who criticize Israel or Zionism are being accused of anti-Semitism. Zionism is an ideology, not a religion. There are even efforts to punish speech which criticizes Israel or Zionism. This is a discussion between a jewish activist and a Jewish radio host, challenging labels of Anti-Semitism because people criticize Israel or Zionism or advocate for BDS.
The Dangers of Conflating Anti-Zionism With Anti-Semitism
Recently, Batya Ungar-Sargon, an editor at the Forward, wrote an article about the "failings" of intersectionality, and the specific "failing" of the left to include anti-Semitism in its analysis of oppressions. She also makes claims that opposing the inclusion of Zionism in social justice movements means the exclusion of Jews.
ADL's role, historically as well as presently, in promoting anti-Palestinian policies and Islamophobia, and in targeting activists for justice.
one of the most egregious accusations she makes is asserting that, since most Jews support Zionism, if you leave out Zionism from social justice struggles, then you are saying Jews aren't welcome. She doesn't show evidence pointing to her pronouncement that most Jews support Zionism, and there is actually evidence to the contrary. But, even if it were true, the fact that opposing Zionism -- which is responsible for the Nakba, the dispossession of 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and land -- is conflated with excluding Jews, again, shows a distortion of facts to make her point about Jews being excluded. Zionism is an ideology, and even if Jews adhere to it, it is not "anti-Jewish" to oppose it. It is about challenging structures of oppression.
She continuously reinforces the false and dangerous notion that to oppose Zionism is to be against Jews:
there has been much written pointing to the ways Israel's treatment of Palestinians has aptly been called genocide . However, regardless of one's position on the use of genocide to describe Israel, this is a charge about Israel's behavior as a nation-state, and not about Jews.
, challenging anti-Semitism and challenging Zionism are both necessary in intersectional struggles to achieve justice.
As Israel recently celebrated its 70th year since its creation, the Palestinian people are commemorating the 70th year of the Nakba (the catastrophe). During Israel's establishment (1947-1949), 750,000 Palestinian were expelled from their lands and their homes.
We at Jews Say No! began thinking about what we could do to bring this issue more centrally into our communities. We also knew some about the role of the Jewish National Fund in facilitating the dispossession of Palestinians from their homes and land and wanted to explore that more deeply.
What does radical Jewish politics cover?
Who supports anti-muslim and Pro-Israel positions?
Frank Gaffney, Pamela Geller, Bridget Gabriel
Jewish Voice for Peace
US Campaign for Palestinian Rights
Rabbis for Peace
Jews of Color and Sephardi/Mizrahi Caucus
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