The anti-Zionism Resource Center
a Zionism On The Web Special
Anti-Zionist or Non-Zionist?Here's the question: anti-Zionist or non-Zionist, is there a difference? The answer is yes. A Zionist is someone who supports the existance of a State of Israel as a Jewish Home Land (where Jews and others can live). A non-Zionist is one is not a Zionist. An anti-Zionist is someone who activly disputes the fact that Israel has a right to exist. Note that this is not the same as disagreeing with one or more Israeli government policies, it;s more like supporting the President of Iran's calls to wipe Israel off the map. One can disagree with the actions of Israel as a state without being against the state's right to exist, and the right of the Jewish people to have their home land. Often though anti-Zionism is a mask for antisemitism and anti-Zionists will regurgitate antisemitic propoganda that was used in Nazi Germany, just changing "Zionist" or "Jew". Arguments against "the Zionists" as often supported by "evidence" from antisemitic propoganda such as the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, or through classic antisemitism such as blood liable. There is a huge difference between speaking out against Israeli policy you disagree with and falling in with a racist crowd and adopting their arguments.
Anti-Zionist or Antisemitism?Believing that human rights (such as self determination) do not extend to the Jewish people is Antisemitic. It's disturbing when people claim that the Jewish people do not have human rights based on a selective understanding of human rights themselves. Or perhaps it is the definition of human they exclude Jews from? For antisemitism there is always a loop hole, and in the end it is always the Jews who get blamed.
That's not the whole story though. While it is hard to be anti-Zionist with out being antisemitic (there are a few non antisemitic positions but these are quite rare!) it is quite possible to be antisemitic and but not anti-Zionist. Groups who want to kick all the Jews out of their own countries some times support the idea of sending them "home" to Israel. Such groups also support sending people who are Black "home" to Africa.
The groups and their argumentsPlease see thelist of groups on the left and the list of anti-Zionist arguments on the right. Not all groups make all arguments. Grouysp that are listed do not believe Israel has a right to exist, or activly work for measures to destroy the state of Israel. The list includes a number of websites with antisemitic material... as policy we do not link to antisemitic sites, but we will explain WHY they are antisemitic and what they are attempting to do. To work to a fair standard we use the European Commission's definition of antisemitism. This definition is used by law enfourcement across Europe.
Why I am a Zionist
- The author takes stock of his feelings on Israel and Zionism on the occasion of Israel's 53rd Birthday
Do not treat Israel like apartheid South Africa - The comparison with South Africa is intellectually lazy, morally questionable, and possibly even mendacious
This site provides resources about Zionism and Israeli history, including links to source documents. We are not responsible for the information content of these sites. These links are NOT intended to be an exhaustive reference about Zionism, but the list will keep growing...
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Wikipedia article about Zionism- A comprehensive article including the history of Zionism as well as links to specific topics and articles about anti-Zionism.
Zionism - Table of contents at the Jewish Virtual Library
Zionism article at Infoplease
Zionism - Definition and Brief History - A balanced article that covers the definitions and history of Zionism as well as opposition to Zionism and criticisms by Arabs, Jewish anti-Zionists.
Labor Zionism - Early History and Critique - Contribution of Labor Zionism to the creation of the Jewish state, and problems of Labor Zionism in a changing reality.
The US Library of congress has a comprehensive and balanced set of articles about Zionism:
Zionist Precursors - US Library of Congress
Political Zionism - US Library of Congress
Cultural Zionism - US Library of Congress
Labor Zionism - US Library of Congress
Revisionist Zionism - US Library of Congress
Essential Texts of Zionism
Jewish Agency Zionism pages - Links to basic information about Zionism from the Jewish Agency
Ambassador Herzog explains Zionism in the UN
Active Zionism - A Zionist advocacy site with many useful links
Realistic Religious Zionism - moderate religious Zionist Web site