• Lillian Rosengarten

I BELIEVE BARI WEISS IS IN ERROR

“How To  Fight  Anti Semitism " is an opinion article Bari Weiss wrote for the NYTimes on September 8, 2019. I read through it many times and have come to understand that Ms Weiss understands Jewish History as a young woman who is a zionist and I am a non Zionist and a refugee from Nazi Germany. What exactly is  anti-Semitism?  Here we have a major disagreement of great importance. As my readers know, I do not believe there can be  a “liberal Zionist”. Zionism and Judaism are contrary to each other. Judaism is universal and humane and Zionism is exactly the opposite. It is a very narrow, very nationalistic, racist, colonialist. There is no “National Judaism”. There is Zionism and there is Judaism and they are completely different.  Zionism  can never be seen as “highly ethical” It is an apartheid , oppressive, stealing, killing  and destroying.  Sadly, Zionism and Judaism are seen as one entity and anti-Semitism  is released to counteract the crimes of Zionism. Zionism has attempted to smear as anti-Semitic all  critique of the injustice of the Israeli State.  Zionism also wishes to treat  Jews and Zionists as a universal. It is the dominant group in Israel that dehumanizes those who are not Zionists. Arabs, Muslims, activists, non Zionist Jews and other criticizers  of  Israel  become the ones who are anti-Semitic and must be destroyed. This question must be addressed. Is it legitimate to criticize the apartheid crimes of Israel and not be labeled as anti-Semitic?  Zionist propaganda machines are so strong that it takes much study and knowledge to travel to occupied Palestinian territories and of course to Gaza , which is more and more difficult. Zionism has nothing to do with humanity and empathy but only with the creation of a Zionist state,  Israel. What  is future of Judaism? How as Weiss  writes   is it possible to build “without shame , a Judaism and a Jewish people and a Jewish state that is not only resilient but also generative, humane, joyful and life affirming?” I truly believe that the realities of Zionism has destroyed the “only democracy in the middle east.” I ask Bari Weiss to re-examine the nature of Zionism and how it relates to the rise of hate against the Zionist agenda.
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