Yonatan--it is you who does not understand anti-semitism - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Tarik
    • 04.10.09 | 04:49 (IST)

    Anti-semitism is a phenomenon born of nationalist politics in Europe, through which Jews were considered (incorrectly) to be a Semitic people who are not part of European civilization; this manifested itself in many ways from a liberal enlightenment perspective to an ultra-nationalist one, but that is the basic epistemological origin. To suggest that it is anti-semitic to oppose Zionism is an absurd statement. One might remember that the majority of the world's Jews were against Zionism in the early part of the 20th century, so by your claim the majority of Jews at this time were anti-semitic. One might also recall that at this time, most European anti-semites embraced Zionism as a means to remove the Jews from Europe, recognizing their incompatibility with Euro civlization. Through your misunderstanding of Judaism and Zionism, you are trying to equate a thousands year old spititual and ethical tradition, with a racist colonial nationalist movement. I find your attitude anti-semitic.

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