After four years of working for Jewish human rights organizations, I have seen too much unfairness to Israel to doubt that, as Rabbi Jonathan Sacks states, anti-Zionism is frequently anti-Semitic.
Rabbi Gideon D. Sylvester
Rabbi Gideon Sylvester is the British United Synagogue's rabbi in Israel and Senior Rabbinic Educator in Israel for T'ruah – The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. Prior to making aliyah, he was rabbi of Radlett United Synagogue, Britain's fastest growing Modern Orthodox synagogue. Rabbi Gideon has also worked as an adviser at the Office of the Prime Minister of Israel and directed the Beit Midrash for Human Rights at the Hillel House of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Follow him on Twitter @GideonDSylveste
Sylvester is a contributing blogger for Haaretz Jewish World.
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