Is This Zionism or Anti-Semitism?

What would you call a politician who said that the “national homeland” of French or American or Argentinian Jews was not France or the U.S. or Argentina, implying that they were properly part of another nation with its own homeland (and therefore not really part of the French, U.S. or Argentinian nation)? I don’t know about you, but I’d call him or her an anti-Semite.

What then to make of Israel’s foreign minister Tzipi Livni’s concern that “Israel is being delegitimized as the national home of the Jews”? Livni instructed Israel’s diplomatic representatives abroad to emphasize this idea when dealing with foreign governments. I’d politely but firmly suggest that those governments would do better to ask their own Jewish citizens and those of other Diaspora countries what they consider their “national home,” and respect the answer.

And the same goes for Ehud Olmert telling French Jews that they should “come home.” I’m sorry, but if it’s not acceptable for a French leader to say that the home of the Jews is not in France, then why is it acceptable for an Israeli leader to say so? Not only does it promote the anti-Semitic belief that Jews are somehow alien and maintain a loyalty to a different state; it actually is an anti-Semitic belief itself. Call it Zionism, if you like, to maintain that Jews don’t belong any place outside of a Jewish ghetto. I call it anti-Semitism, and it deserves to be as harshly denounced when it comes from Olmert as when it comes from Le Pen.

It’s time the Israeli leadership grew up and got used to the that Israel is the national home of its citizens, and those who chose to become its citizens, not of the rest of us. Two thirds of Jews choose not to live there now, and I don’t imagine that changing in the foreseeable future. Israel is not my “national home” — Judaism is not a nationality. Nor does Israel have any right to speak on my behalf. For anyone, Jewish or otherwise, to tell me that Israel is my “national home” is to strip me of my citizenship. Which is what I expect from anti-Semites.

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9 Responses to Is This Zionism or Anti-Semitism?

  1. Olmert’s son, Ariel, lives in Paris, where he studies French literature.

    How does one say chutzpah in French?

  2. markus says:

    It’s un culot (not to be confused with une culotte (knickers) – in the former the T is silent.

    If you meet him, I suggest you say as follows: t’as un sacré culot! (you have a damned nerve! – or chutzpah).

  3. markus says:

    Don’t know if you saw this article Zionism against Jews

  4. observer says:

    There is a subtle distinction between citizenship and nation in the context of the post which is missed by our prevalent western use of the term nation.

    When nation is used as a synonym for tribe or ethnicity, citizenship is clearly a completely separate and different concept.

    Zionism resulted in the creation of the state of Israel whose Law of Return allows a Diaspora Jew, no matter where he was born or where he lives to “return” to Israel as a full Israeli national.

    In that context, France is the national home of the French and Germany of the Germans. Until 1948, Jews didn’t have that kind of home of their own, but now they too have that kind of national home thanks to Israel’s Law of Return.

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  7. Abe Bird says:

    You are rolling you private scope on history by all the wonderful values of Bolshevik propaganda. First of all, most of the world’s Jews support Israel and Zionism, if only for the fact that more than half of them already live in Israel. Most European Jews loyal to their heritage because the lefty disease of extreme liberal leftism had not stuck to them. Even most American Jews support Israel; how many leftist of Jewish descents live in America? As a simple fact a leftist of Jewish descent is not really a Jew, but a leftist. Leftist socialist values trying to deny the existence of the Jewish people and its state and deny the Jewish faith. According to this method a leftist priest will try to deny with the help of Jesus the wisdom of Christian who would like to be a human being without being a Christian; or a leftist doctor will try using a few phrases of Stalin’s “wisdom” to avoid from his patient to recover. It’s obviously known that Marxist ideology rejects nationality and for that it can’t be applied to argue against Zionist – Jewish national hood. You can’t use linguistic laws on in Mathematical problems. Equally, leftist Jews lying to themselves when they dismisses the Jewish nation and the right of the Jews to their own national state by their communist ideology than denies nationalism of any sort, and at the same time to be the greatest supporters of Palestinian Islamic nationalism!!!!!!
    It’s a Great World Jewish leftist stupidity!!!!

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