Anti-Zionism Not Anti-Semitism
by Stephen Lendman
One has nothing to do with the others.
Ronnie Fraser heads The Academic Friends of Israel (AFI). According to its mission statement, it was established to "fight the academic boycott of Israel and all other forms of anti-Semitism in the UK and the International academic and scientific arenas."
In 2011, Fraser sued Britain's University and College Union (UCU). He did so on anti-Semitism grounds. As a member, he claimed its "degrading, humiliating and offensive environment" harms Jewish members.
Its policies "violate his dignity." They breach Britain's Equality Act, he alleged. "In simple terms," he said, "the UCU is not a place that is hospitable to Jews."
His lawyer, Anthony Julius added:
"My client has had enough. He believes that the UCU's conduct, over so many years now, has limited his options to either resigning or suing. He has chosen to sue."
UCU rejects the EU Working Definition of Antisemitism. It does so on grounds of "silencing debate on Israel." Fraser opposes its position. Specific passages UCU rejects include:
- "denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor
- applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation
- using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g., claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterize Israel or Israelis
- drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.
- holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel."
More on Fraser's case below.
His equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. Doing so twists truth. Understanding Zionism is fundamental. It's undemocratic, racist, oppressive and violent. It believes in Jewish exclusivity, privilege and exceptionalism.