My Objection to Zionism has nothing to do with Jews as a people group.It isn’t Jews I have a problem with but the ideology that some Jews hold to. I have to oppose Zionism because it is racist, exceptionalist and militarist. These should not be attractive characterstics for evangelical Christians, (like me), although they may be if you happen to support e.g. KKK, BNP, or any other ethnic supremacist party, (whether white or black or other).
Zionism claims that it is simply about the rights of Jews to live in a land of their own, which sounds reasonable until we examine what that means and has meant in practice. The fact is that the land most Jews in Israel-Palestine now live on and the land they are taking away daily by building settlements is land where another people, Palestinians, live and have lived for many generations.
The Zionist arguments in justification are exceptionalist – the Jews are special (that, by the way, has nothing to do with the ‘chosen people’ argument. Most of the early Zionists were secular Jews). Zionists believe that Arabs are inferior, not just different. It is only necessary to listen to their descriptions, ‘snakes’, ‘rats’, ‘dirty’, etc. That is racism.
Thus, to defend Zionism is to give comfort to a system that denies the equality of humankind and demands special treatment for one people group, Jews, over all others, especially Palestinians. It is to support an ideology that achieves its aim of occupying all the land through overwhelming military force – the ‘Iron Wall’ and retains control by militaristic, economic and political oppression. It is to praise a system that allows democracy only when Jews are in a substantial majority. Militarist, racist, exceptionalist, and utterly at odds with true Judaism and as far as can possibly be from the Sermon on the Mount. (Mt 5-7).
To suggest that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitic is to reverse logic. The truth is that it is anti-Semitic to claim that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitic. Put it another way, because it defines all Jews as racist, militaristic and exceptionalist: Zionism is anti-Semitic.