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MCNULTY | Disguising Anti-Zionism as Antisemitism Harms College students and the Group

We discover deeply troubling the arguments that underlie Gideon Saar, Barry Strauss and David Zax’s latest column, “Why Anti-Zionism Is Antisemitism in Disguise.” Zionism is an ideology, not a folks. Israel is a nation-state, not a folks. The federal government of Israel isn’t any extra exempt from criticism than is the federal government of the US, which is funding, supplying and in any other case enabling Israel’s scorched-earth warfare on Gaza.

Conflating Israel with the Jewish folks erases the numerous proportion of Jews, each in Israel and elsewhere, who oppose Israel’s colonialist insurance policies of occupation, apartheid, annexation, ethnic cleaning and violence; as a matter of reality, Pew Analysis discovered that about one-in-ten American Jews assist an Israel boycott. It additionally falsely labels any criticism of and resistance to such insurance policies as antisemitic. As Jewish Voice for Peace notes, “Antisemitism is discrimination, focusing on, violence, and dehumanizing stereotypes directed at Jews as a result of they’re Jewish.” The Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism acknowledges that neither “supporting the Palestinian demand for justice and the complete grant of their political, nationwide, civil and human rights as encapsulated in worldwide legislation,” nor “evidence-based criticism of Israel as a state,” represent antisemitism. 

Suggesting that anti-Zionism quantities to a name for the elimination of Israelis is fake and deceptive. The notion that Palestinian equality, human rights and the proper to return imply Israeli annihilation displays a fundamentalist, ethnonationalist outlook that denies the potential for Jewish and Palestinian coexistence in an egalitarian, democratic society not primarily based on occupation. Many Jewish organizations, together with Jewish Voice for Peace, IfNotNow and Breaking the Silence have made this level, as have a few of our colleagues at Cornell and elsewhere (Boyarin 2023; Cheyfitz 2014; Magid 2023).