The thin line between Zionism and anti-Semitism – The Spectator USA

Posted By on December 23, 2019

One of the main reasons Labour lost the election in the UK was a well-orchestrated campaign of character assassination against Jeremy Corbyn, who was ratedTop Anti-Semite of 2019 by the Wiesenthal Center(ahead ofactual terrorists!). There is nothing new in this. It is a small part of the worldwide offensive whose victims include many Jews critical of Israeli politics such as the propagandist for Hamas Gideon Levy, who wrote inHaaretzon December 8:

Laws labeling anti-Zionism as anti-Semitism and the anti-occupation movement as anti-Semitic, are passed with overwhelming majorities. Now they are playing into the hands of Israel and the Jewish establishment, but they are liable to ignite anti-Semitism when questions arise about the extent of their meddling.

Levy predicts that the precipitous conflation of the critique of Israeli politics with anti-Semitismwill give rise to a new wave of anti-Semitism. How? In order to ground its Zionist politics, the state of Israel is making a catastrophic mistake: it decided todownplay the so-called old anti-Semitism, focusing instead on the new and allegedly progressive anti-Semitism masked as the critique of the Zionist politics of the state of Israel.

Along these lines, Bernard Henri-Lvy (in hisThe Left in Dark Times) recently claimed that the anti-Semitism of the 21st century will be progressive or there will be none. Brought to the end, this thesis compels us to turn around the old Marxist interpretation of anti-Semitism as a displaced anti-capitalism (instead of blaming the capitalist system, the rage is focused on a specific ethnic group accused of corrupting the system): for Henri-Lvy and his partisans, todays anti-capitalism is a disguised form of anti-Semitism.

Donald Trump recently used anti-Semitic stereotypes to characterize Jews as driven by money and insufficiently loyal to Israel. The title of theVanity Fairreport says it all: Trump Goes Full Anti-Semite In Room Full Of Jewish People and the enigma is: why do many Zionists nonetheless respond positively to Trumps message?There is only one consistent answer: because Zionism itself in some sense became anti-Semitic.Here is the gist of what Trump said, according toVanity Fair:

Speaking at the Israeli American Council in Hollywood, Florida, on Saturday night, Trump hit all of his favorite anti-Semitic tropes before a room full of Jewish people. He started off by once again invoking the age-old clich about dual loyalty, saying there are Jews who dont love Israel enough. After that warm-up he dove right into the stereotype about Jews and money, telling the group: A lot of you are in the real estate business, because I know you very well. Youre brutal killers, not nice people at all, he said. But you have to vote for me you have no choice. Youre not gonna vote for Pocahontas, I can tell you that. Youre not gonna vote for the wealth tax. Yeah, lets take 100 percent of your wealth away! He continued: Some of you dont like me. Some of you I dont like at all, actually. And youre going to be my biggest supporters because youre going to be out of business in about 15 minutes if they get it. So I dont have to spend a lot of time on that.

The line of thought cannot be clearer: you are Jews and, as such, you only care about money, and you care about your money more than about your country, so you dont like me and I dont like you, but you will have to vote for me so that you will not lose your money.

When, at this years Hanukkah party, Trump signed the controversial executive order on anti-Semitism, John Hagee was there, the founder and national chairman of the Christian-Zionist organization Christians United for Israel. Hagee sees the Kyoto Protocol as a conspiracy aimed at manipulating the US economy; in his bestselling novelJerusalem Countdown, the antichrist is the head of the European Union, Hagee has made statements that definitely sound anti-Semitic: he has blamed the Holocaust on Jews themselves; he has stated that Hitlers persecution was a divine plan to lead Jews to form the modern state of Israel; he calls liberal Jews poisoned and spiritually blind; he admits that that the preemptive nuclear attack on Iran that he favors will lead to the deaths of most Jews in Israel. (As a curiosity, he claims inJerusalem CountdownHitler was born from a lineage of accursed, genocidally murderous half-breed Jews. With friends like these, Israel really doesnt need enemies.

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