How Do Anti-Zionist ultra-Orthodox Jews Feed anti-Semitism

“Zionism sustains the lives, creativity, dignity and identity of millions of peace-seeking and war-weary human beings.”

Above, Quoted from an OP-ED piece entitled “Anti-Zionism is a hateful ideology. It has no place at UC, by Judea Pearl
LostMessiah April 1, 2016

There is no shortage of ultra-Orthodox leaders calling anyone who scrutinizes the behavior of the ultra-Orthodox community anti-Semites. Hate begets hate. Those Ultra-Orthodox sects, which are by their own teachings anti-Zionist, who choose regardless to live in Israel, exploit Israel’s social system and legislated socialized medicine, then criticize its policies and refuse army service are fueling both anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism worldwide.

On Purim, it is apparently not uncommon to find ultra-Orthodox Jews burning Jewish flags, something we found surprising. It is not new news that many of the ultra-Orthodox sects who live in Israel, not only forbid their children from entering the military; but shun children from within their community who perform the mandatory army training. The Satmar would prefer to sit in jail ;and told their children to do so before supporting their State.

One must certainly ask: “What does the world think about Jews not supporting a place they refer to as their homeland?”

Last week, the Regents of California, in a series of discussions which had been ongoing, adopted what are referred to as a set of “principles against intolerance.” In an article in HaAretz entitled “University of California Votes to Label anti-Semitism as a Form of Intolerance” it is argued that

“There is absolutely no doubt that anti-Zionism is the driving force behind the alarming rise in anti-Semitism at UC and at schools across the country,” said Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, a Hebrew lecturer at the university’s Santa Cruz campus who led the campaign.
When a draft of the statement was released last week, critics expressed alarm over language in the accompanying report that cited both anti-Semitism and “anti-Zionism” –the rejection of Israel’s right to exist –as types of discrimination that don’t belong at the university.”

The decision of the University of California has sparked an international debate in which opposing sides try and argue that there is a distinct difference between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism.

On March 30, 2016, HaAretz published an article entitled, “No, anti-Zionism Isn’t anti-Semitism.” That article criticizes the policies of Israel which may be feeding anti-Semitism.

“That’s what Israel is doing in the West Bank. And in so doing, it’s strengthening the very anti-Zionism it fears. It’s making it easier for anti-Zionists to say that a Jewish state can’t really be a democracy at all.”

In 2004, The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs published an article in the Jewish Political Studies Review 16:3-4 (Fall 2004). The author, Robert Wistrich, wrote:

Anti-Zionism has become the most dangerous and effective form of anti- Semitism in our time, through its systematic delegitimization, defamation, and demonization of Israel. Although not a priori anti-Semitic, the calls to dismantle the Jewish state, whether they come from Muslims, the Left, or the radical Right, increasingly rely on an anti-Semitic stereotypization of classic themes, such as the manipulative “Jewish lobby,” the Jewish/Zionist “world conspiracy,” and Jewish/Israeli “warmongers.” One major driving force of this anti-Zionism/anti-Semitism is the transformation of the Palestinian cause into a “holy war”; another source is anti-Americanism linked with fundamentalist Islamism. In the current context, classic conspiracy theories, such as the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, are enjoying a spectacular revival. The common denominator of the new anti-Zionism has been the systematic effort to criminalize Israeli and Jewish behavior, so as to place it beyond the pale of civilized and acceptable conduct.

Yair Rosenberg, in an article in The Tablet, entitled “Pope Francis: Anti-Zionsim is anti-Semitism” quoting the Pope, writes:

“To attack Jews is anti-Semitism, but an outright attack on the State of Israel is also anti-Semitism,” the Pope told a World Jewish Congress delegation. “There may be political disagreements between governments and on political issues, but the State of Israel has every right to exist in safety and prosperity.”

It is remarkable that the Pope can understand this but ultra-Orthodox Jewish leaders cannot. The ultra-Orthodox who are anti-Zionists are no less anti-Semitic than people who hate Jews.

But, maybe not. The Pope is also dealing with the issue of rape and molestations within the Catholic community and the Priesthood where ultra-Orthodox Jewish leaders are not.





3 thoughts on “How Do Anti-Zionist ultra-Orthodox Jews Feed anti-Semitism

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