Anti-Zionism is Anti-Semitism, And Carter's Fans Prove the Point
The barrage of hatemail in response to my Jimmy Carter column, not to mention some of the comments in the thread below, have proven that anti-Semitism, spurred on by the rise of so-called anti-Zionism, is alive and well among Carter's devotees. Indeed, much of the feedback has had little to do with Carter and everything to do with the alleged Zionist/Neocon/Jewish Lobby/AIPAC plot to take over the world.
Of course, such writers always go to great lengths to deny the connection between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. But it's funny how one can vociferously claim not to be anti-Jewish (for those who like to quarrel about the term "anti-Semitism"), all the while spewing said hatred.
Despite the pitiful attempts to deny the obvious connection, the authors of these missives give themselves away. As I wrote in an earlier SFGate column:
Never mind the fact that to be "anti-Zionist" is to oppose the existence of Israel. What else besides anti-Semitism explains the single-minded obsession with a country the size of New Jersey? Israel's alleged human rights offenses are given disproportionate attention, even as countless other nations commit crimes more heinous than anything seen in the Middle East's only democracy. Equality for women, gay rights, democratic institutions, tolerance of various religions and ethnicities are ignored in favor of the misguided view that Israel is the root of all evil in the world.I thank the Carter acolytes for proving my point.
Increasingly, the myth that if the Middle East conflict were solved (i.e., if Israel were to cease to exist as a Jewish state), Islamic terrorism would come to a halt has made its way into many liberal and some conservative circles -- Pat Buchanan and other isolationists come to mind. But the fact is that Jews were hated before they had a state, and now they're hated for having a state. The very persecution that led Jews to flee Europe after World War II and help rebuild the nation of Israel is now directed at them for having survived the Holocaust. The insistence that Israel stop defending itself against Islamic terrorism also reeks of hypocrisy. Could it be that the very reason people despise Israel so much is because it's a Jewish state? No other explanation holds up under examination.
Cross-posted at Kesher Talk.