We’ve heard it all before. ‘Zionists are murdering children!’, ‘you can’t trust a Zionist!’, ‘Don’t buy Zionist goods!’, ‘Zionists are the root of all evil!’, “Boycott the Zionist controlled media!”. Get the idea? I’d like to introduce you to a game.
Imagine that the word ‘Zionist’ is, in fact, a secret anti-Semitic codeword for ‘Jew’.
Replace the word ‘Zionist’ with ‘Jew’ in the previous section. When you do, you seriously get the feeling that Goebbels has returned from the dead, recycled his most vitriolic anti-Semitic slogans but created a codeword for “Jews” to avoid detection. It is as if we are exploring every anti-Semitic libel in history. ‘Jews murder children’ was a classic medieval slur that led to Jews getting burnt at the stake across Europe. “You can’t trust Jews” is quite literally a citation from Mein Kampf. “Don’t buy from Jews”, in it’s German translation of “Kauf nicht bei Juden” was the start of a slippery slope of anti-Semitic incitement that led to the Holocaust. “The media is controlled by Jews” is an integral part of the libellous ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion’. And people have the audacity to denounce Jews for equating anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism with each other?
It would perhaps be wrong to denounce all ‘anti-Zionists’ as deeply set anti-Semites, even if anti-Zionism is inherently an anti-Semitic ideology as shown beautifully by Eylon Aslan-Levy. The reason I say that is because the motives for ‘anti-Zionism’ are diverse; some anti-Zionists are ideologically opposed to American foreign policy and see Israel as an extention of it. Some believe that Israel really is carrying out genocide against Arabs. Some are strung out on the excuse that Israel is behind the volatile nature of the Middle East. However, what cannot be denied is the slippery slope of anti-Zionism and the ugly places that it leads to. Holocaust denial by the Iranian government and within the Arab world, the boycotting of all Jewish products by a quickly growing fringe of the BDS movement, the burning to ash of Stars of David that are present on the Israeli flag; the circle is fast completed and we see the revival of the atrocity that is anti-Semitism.
A case study of this is easily found, as one must only look to France to see the transformational nature of ‘anti-Zionism’ into a very real, relentless manifestation of anti-Semitism. The quenelle begun as an ‘anti-Zionist’ gesture, used in the 2009 European election campaign poster for the “anti-Zionist party” of French comedian Dieudonné. At the time, he claimed that he was going to “put a quenelle in Zionism’s butt”. And look where it led to within 2 months of it going widespread last year. The level of flagrant, yet socially acceptable anti-Semitism that has infested France through ‘anti-Zionism’ is exhibited to by the following pictures.
Now think- is this anti-Zionism, opposition to the Jewish State- or anti-Semitism, an active opposition to Jews themselves. The open use of an offensive gesture in front of their memorials, shops, and places of worship?
This is the slippery slope of ‘anti-Zionism’ found in just one example amongst countless others. Perhaps this is a fitting and unsurprising evolution to take place in an ideology that, at its very core, opposes the Jewish right to statehood and in its stead, proposes the retroactive revocation of that right.
This short article serves only to add to the growing stockpile of ammunition that proves the fact that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism. And even if an argument could be conjured to prove that it is not, then anti-Zionism is the shield, the excuse, the paper-thin invisibility cloak, and in this case the slippery slope, to anti-Semitism.