Zionism is described in the dictionary as, ‘a political movement for the establishment and support of a national homeland for Jews in what is now Israel’.
Anti-Semitism is defined in the dictionary thus, ‘hostility to or prejudice against Jews’.
Yet as Jews are Semites, so too are Arabs Semites. Arabic is a Semitic language. Excluding Arabic people from the term ‘anti-Semitic’, as common usage does, is discriminatory.
When Jewish refugees fled from brutal European persecution and arrived in Palestine in the 1930’s and 40’s, they initially received sanctuary amongst the indigenous population. It was the rapid increase in numbers, and aggressive Zionist action perpetrated by the migrants, in concert with some few disaffected native Zionists which led to conflict. This eventually resulted in what Palestinians refer to as ‘Al-Nakba’ (the Catastrophe), when 700,000 indigenous people were forced to flee the region in the face of Zionist fanaticism.
These Palestinian refugees still have the title deeds to their homes. They still have the keys to their front doors. They still wait for justice.
Zionism is a supremacist ideology that requires stolen land as befits its founding principle. Yet, as has been stated here, Palestinian land is not the only thing that Zionists have stolen. They have also misappropriated the term ‘anti-Semitic’ for their own selfish ends.
Many Jewish people across the globe today oppose Israel and its barbaric treatment of the people of Palestine. To oppose a supremacist Israeli state is not anti-Semitic, nor is it anti-Jewish. It is, however, anti-Zionist… and there’s no shame in that.