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Anti-Semites? Who, Us?

by Prof. Steven Plaut Thursday, Sep. 25, 2003 at 6:28 AM

Say what? Anti-Semites? Who, us anti-Zionists? Us? We have nothing against Jews as such. We just hate Zionism and Zionists. We think Israel does not have a right to exist. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such. Heavens to Mergatroyd. Marx Forbid. We are humanists. Progressives. Peace lovers.

Say what? Anti-Semites? Who, us anti-Zionists? Us? We have nothing against Jews as such. We just hate Zionism and Zionists. We think Israel does not have a right to exist. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such. Heavens to Mergatroyd. Marx Forbid. We are humanists. Progressives. Peace lovers.

Anti-Semitism is the hatred of Jews. Anti-Zionism is opposition to Zionism and Israeli policies. The two have nothing to do with one another. Venus and Mars. Night and day. Trust us.

Sure, we think the only country on the earth that must be annihilated is Israel. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

Sure, we think that the only children on earth whose being blown up is okay if it serves a good cause are Jewish children. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

Sure, we think that if Palestinians have legitimate grievances this entitles them to mass murder Jews. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

Naturally, we think that the only people on earth who should never be allowed to exercise the right of self-defense are the Jews. Jews should only resolve the aggression against them through capitulation, never through self-defense. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We only denounce racist apartheid in the one country in the Middle East that is not a racist apartheid country. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We refuse to acknowledge the Jews as a people, and think they are only a religion. We do not have an answer to how people who do not practice the Jewish religion can still be regarded as Jews. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We think that all peoples have the right to self-determination, except Jews, and including even the make-pretend Palestinian ?people?. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We hate it when people blame the victims, except of course when people blame the Jews for the jihads and terrorist campaigns against them. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We think the only country in the Middle East that is a fascist anti-democratic one is the one that has free elections. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We demand that the only country in the Middle East with free speech, free press or free courts be destroyed. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We oppose military aggression, except when it is directed at Israel. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We really understand suicide bombers who murder bus loads of Jewish children and we insist that their demands be met in full. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We think the only conflict on earth that must be solved through dismembering one of the parties to that conflict is the one involving Israel. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We do not think that Jews have any human rights that need to be respected, and especially not the right to ride a bus without being murdered. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

There are Jewish, leftist anti-Zionists and we consider this proof that anti-Zionists could not possibly be anti-Semitic; not even the ones who cheer when Jews are mass murdered. These are the only Jews we think need be acknowledged or respected. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We do not think murder proves how righteous and just the cause of the murderer is, except when it comes to murderers of Jews. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We do not think the Jews are entitled to their own state and must submit to being a minority in a Rwanda-style ?bi-national state?, although no other state on earth, including the 22 Arab countries, should be similarly expected to be deprived of its sovereignty. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We think that Israel?s having a Jewish majority and a star on its flag makes it a racist apartheid state. We do not think any other country having an ethnic-religious majority or having crosses or crescents or ?Allah Akbar? on its flag is racist or needs dismemberment. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We condemn the ?mistreatment? of women in the only country of the Middle East in which they are not mistreated. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We condemn the ?mistreatment? of minorities in the only country in the Middle East in which minorities are not brutally suppressed and mass murdered. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We demand equal citizen rights, which is why the only country in the Middle East in need of extermination is the only one in which such rights exist. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

We have no trouble with the fact that there is no freedom of religion in any Arab countries. But we are mad as hell at Israel for violating religious freedom, and never mind that we are never quite sure where or when it does so. But that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

So how can you possibly say we are anti-Semites? We are simply anti-Zionists. We seek peace and justice, that?s all. And surely that does not mean we have anything against Jews as such.

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Of course fresca Thursday, Sep. 25, 2003 at 6:34 AM
Some more examples of Hate. Anti-Hate Thursday, Sep. 25, 2003 at 6:49 AM
In a nutshell fresca Thursday, Sep. 25, 2003 at 7:06 AM
A list of UN Resolutions against "Israel" 1955-1992 Oracle Thursday, Sep. 25, 2003 at 7:07 AM
A list of UN Resolutions against "Israel" 1955-1992 Oracle Thursday, Sep. 25, 2003 at 7:10 AM
A list of UN Resolutions against "Israel" 1955-1992 Oracle Thursday, Sep. 25, 2003 at 7:10 AM
anti-zionist = jew hater Sol Thursday, Sep. 25, 2003 at 7:21 AM
Sol luna Thursday, Sep. 25, 2003 at 7:59 AM
Sol luna Thursday, Sep. 25, 2003 at 7:59 AM
Sol luna Thursday, Sep. 25, 2003 at 7:59 AM
Even More Hate Speech anti-anti-Zionist Thursday, Sep. 25, 2003 at 8:29 AM
If you want to see hate, look at KOBE. Mortal Enemy of KOBE Thursday, Sep. 25, 2003 at 10:11 AM
We Zionists are not racists, Zionist Thursday, Sep. 25, 2003 at 10:14 AM
The KOBE Headquarters website is not owned by Ned Lyle. KOBE Headquarters webmaster, KOBE SBM Thursday, Sep. 25, 2003 at 10:18 AM
EV great Thursday, Sep. 25, 2003 at 10:19 AM
Ned Lyle does own KOBE. Mortal Enemy of KOBE Thursday, Sep. 25, 2003 at 10:25 AM
I just checked out Stop Fascism. American Thursday, Sep. 25, 2003 at 10:27 AM
Nothing Here moveon.org Thursday, Sep. 25, 2003 at 10:29 AM
Believe it or not, Stevie D.... nonanarchist Thursday, Sep. 25, 2003 at 10:39 AM
To the Fake Zionist nonanarchist Thursday, Sep. 25, 2003 at 10:49 AM
words gave me away Fake Zionist Thursday, Sep. 25, 2003 at 11:36 AM
Yet more historical revisions. nonanarchist Thursday, Sep. 25, 2003 at 12:42 PM
Actually, you already have. nonanarchist Thursday, Sep. 25, 2003 at 12:50 PM
BWAHAHAHAHA! Whatever you want to believe, Stevie! KOBE SBM Thursday, Sep. 25, 2003 at 2:09 PM
Actually, Fake Zionist Thursday, Sep. 25, 2003 at 2:11 PM
OneEyedMan KPC Thursday, Sep. 25, 2003 at 2:23 PM
Chicken Boy nonanarchist Thursday, Sep. 25, 2003 at 2:29 PM
Yeah, Fake Zionist nonanarchist Thursday, Sep. 25, 2003 at 2:34 PM
OneEyedMan KPC Thursday, Sep. 25, 2003 at 2:53 PM
Look, Chicken Boy! nonanarchist Thursday, Sep. 25, 2003 at 3:07 PM
Why stop at 1992? Christine Thursday, Sep. 25, 2003 at 4:35 PM
Christine nonanarchist Thursday, Sep. 25, 2003 at 4:50 PM
nonanarchist really nails it Fake Zionist Friday, Sep. 26, 2003 at 7:15 AM
Read about KOBE SBM's mental illness. @ Friday, Sep. 26, 2003 at 8:33 AM
Anti-Semites? Who, Us? true Friday, Sep. 26, 2003 at 10:22 AM
Racists? Land thieves? Colonialists? We Zionists? Fake Zionist Friday, Sep. 26, 2003 at 10:43 AM
nope nada Friday, Sep. 26, 2003 at 10:46 AM
Fake Zionist = Jew Hater tigid Friday, Sep. 26, 2003 at 11:16 AM
land won in war not theft Fake Zionist Friday, Sep. 26, 2003 at 11:25 AM
When Did World History Begin? Fake Zionist Friday, Sep. 26, 2003 at 11:31 AM
Fake Zionis=Jew Hater history buff Friday, Sep. 26, 2003 at 11:48 AM
Gonner yes Friday, Sep. 26, 2003 at 11:51 AM
OneEyedMan KPC Friday, Sep. 26, 2003 at 12:13 PM
Fake Zionist nonanarchist Friday, Sep. 26, 2003 at 12:41 PM
Found this on sf-imc nonanarchist Friday, Sep. 26, 2003 at 1:21 PM
And this excellent history, too. nonanarchist Friday, Sep. 26, 2003 at 1:26 PM
get with the program joan Friday, Sep. 26, 2003 at 1:40 PM
Holding Back the Sea with a Barrier of Popsicle Sticks Taped Together Fake Zionist Friday, Sep. 26, 2003 at 1:45 PM
Rhodesia? emor Friday, Sep. 26, 2003 at 1:50 PM
Rhodesia Would Be the Same Fake Zionist Saturday, Sep. 27, 2003 at 5:57 AM

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