"The barriers between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism have been lifted and the two merged," write the authors of "Antisemitism Worldwide," a new publication put out by Tel Aviv University.
This is a conflation that I despise, and mostly, it is perpetuated by Zionists. Zionists, like certain presidents, take a "with us or against us" stance, if you're not a Zionist, then you must hate Jews.
I take contest at that, because, the fact of the matter is, I am anti-Zionist, or more specifically, anti-Israel-as-a-jewish-state. At the end of WWII, we've got all these nations going, "Gee, sorry Jews, we really should have stepped in earlier. Is there anything we can do to make it up to you?" And you get a group of Jews going, "Well, see, for generations we've had our eye on this sweet piece of land that used to be ours." And so the assorted nations go and say, "Yo, Arabs, make room, you're going to have some roomates to hang out with. Hope it's not a problem." (Note of course, what did these nations do for the gypsies, who suffered just as much in the Holocaust? Neither here nor there.)
Now, it was a well intentioned idea, and a great many compromises were made with the government in the area to try and make it work out as well as possible. Except, that the government isn't the people, and this a classic example of when the seperation is painfully clear. The fact is, to someone living in the region, all of the sudden, a land and community that was theirs isn't any more, a city holy to them is only marginally in their control. While the same thing happened to the jewish peoples, it was wrong then, and trying to make up for that crime by compounding it with a similar one is heinous.
Now, this leads to the inevitable question of, "Well, what should be done about it?" One thing that shouldn't be done, is build a gigantic wall to seperate the us from the them. My main reason for being anti-Zionist, regardless of my opinions on the stupidity of the fact, is that the only way to end the violence is to cease using Israel as a "jewish" state. It's not just the jews that lived, and continue to live in the region. The people that have been there longer are going to have to be given an equal footing in the society- which unfortunately, isn't going to happen. Because what I'm asking for is an impossible move- destroying the us/them barrier. In essence, what it would seem like I'm suggesting is for the Jews and Palistinians to cease being Jews and Palistinians. and instead, be some pan-semetic union.
Enough rambling on this topic...