Cross posted from the blog Simply Jews
It is, probably, a sad necessity, to repeat from time to time the old position statements. Not that the positions change too much, but people sometimes do veer from a position to position, tending to forget the last held one. As it usually goes.
This post is inspired by a stumble upon discussion between a staunchly anti-Zionist lady, Noura Erakat*, a vaguely pro-Israeli (Guardian journalist) Jonathan Freedland and other minor characters. The discussion was staged by Al Jazeera. Jonathan Freedland has already appeared on these pages, the other protagonist is more of interest. Ms Erakat is a lawyer, so one should be careful describing her… er… anything, but at least she doesn’t hide her anti-Zionism and her desire to see the proverbial Palestine “from the river to the sea”, if you understand what it means. If not, check out this short paragraph.
So why do I consider Jonathan Freedland to be vaguely pro-Israeli? If you scroll the recording below to about 9:55, you shall hear a response by Mr Freedland to the proud self-declaration by Ms Erakat as an anti-Zionist:
I think it is absolutely fine, and more than fine, of course it’s completely legitimate to hold the position she has…
Fine and legitimate? Maybe from your Guardian offices in London it is. Not from where I bother my keyboard. Because, and apologies for repeating the obvious:
Zionism is the national movement of the Jewish people that supports the re-establishment of a Jewish homeland in the territory defined as the historic Land of Israel.
While the mission of Zionism in this definition is by and large completed, the anti-Zionism comes as a simple negation of Zionism and has a quite busy program in mind:
The term is broadly defined in the modern era as the opposition to the ethnonationalist and political movement of Jews and Jewish culture that supports the establishment of a Jewish state as a Jewish homeland in the territory defined as the historic Land of Israel.
In other, simpler words, Jonathan (are you listening? I guess not) the so-called “anti-Zionists”, whose legitimacy you so warmly confirm, are these same guys we all used to call “Jew-haters” or “anti-Semites”, to be historically authentic. These guys who desire to disperse and/or kill us all here again.
Still fine and legitimate, Jonathan?
While I hate to repeat position statements, from where I am, the so called “anti-Zionism” is the same old murderous and hateful beast, albeit with a new PC name. (Anti-Zionism is also considered antisemitic by the British government.)
(*) As a sample of Ms Erakat’s professional creativity, here is her article:
It was published in 2014, 9 years(!) after disengagement from Gaza strip, which is meant as “Occupied Palestinian Territory” in that headline. While the headline offers enough information as it is, there are some fine examples of word juggling that show a fine, albeit totally unsuccessful legal mind behind the article.
Editor’s Note: On March 1st, we corrected a passage which falsely claimed that Mr. Freedland was no longer employed at the Guardian. In fact, he still works as a full-time journalist for the media group. He had only given up his executive duties overseeing the Guardian’s Opinion pages.