'Zionism is nationalism, not Judasim,' a former Hebrew school teacher explains

Weiss, Philip

Publisher:  Mondoweiss
Date Written:  04/04/2016
Year Published:  2016  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX20643

Former Hebrew school teacher, Tziva Thier clarifies the distinction between Zionism as a political movement and Judaism as a religion, and explains why Israel's acts cannot be condoned by the religion.



The media have at last taken up an important discussion: the relationship of Judaism and Zionism. Many supporters of Israel say that to be Jewish means to be a Zionist; and therefore it's anti-Semitic to be anti-Zionist. Even public officials (from Hillary Clinton to Ted Cruz to Barack Obama) have backed up this claim.

I thought it would be helpful to ask Israeli-American Tziva Thier, a former Hebrew school teacher and liberal Zionist, about the difference between Zionism and Judaism. I met her in New Brunswick, N.J., ten days ago, and she said:

"Anti-Zionism is being anti- a political movement that is nationalist. This is a nationalist movement. Anti-semitism is racism against a group of people because of their religion. So there is no connection. Anti-semitism is hating Jews for being Jews. Anti-Zionism is being anti- what the Zionist entity is doing right now as a colonialist apartheid country."

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