Most Jews in the UK would challenge the idea that there is much difference between antisemitism and anti-Zionism, says Joseph Pearlman
Much of Jonathan Rosenhead’s letter (29 December) was devoted to Israel and Palestine. He makes the tendentious claim that the IHRA definition of antisemitism is discredited. A small minority has disputed the definition, but there is no evidence that it is discredited. He then makes the charge that UK governments have been unclear about the difference between antisemitism and anti-Zionism.
Most Jews in the UK would challenge the idea that there is much difference between the two. In recent years, anti-Zionism has manifested itself as opposition to the existence of a specifically Jewish state. In a 2015 survey, The Attitudes of British Jews to Israel, “90% of British Jews support Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state”, the implication being that current anti-Zionism will be experienced as antisemitism. While it is clear that there was a very large immigration into Israel/Palestine during the 20th century, there has been a continuous history of Jewish settlement there for 3,000 years, so the demand for a Jewish state was not inconsistent with demands for their own state by ethnic groups in other countries.
Link : Why anti-Zionism is seen as antisemitism | Letters