From Rabbi Krauss

A burning question on the world stage is whether anti-Zionism is equivalent to anti-Semitism. How can we distinguish between legitimate criticism of the policies of the Israeli government and outright Jew-hatred. Just as reasonable citizens speak up regarding their countries actions and those of other countries, so Israel is not immune in that regard.

A striking example of crossing a red line is the exculpatory suggestion by some Europeans is the drawing of a parallel between Nazi treatment of Jews and Israeli treatment of Palestinians. That is flagrant anti-Semitism.

In a debate on this issue between Peter Beinart in the Forward and Zeyba Mar in the American Thinker, in a key phrase Beinart opines Jewish leaders who call for national self-determination as a universal right are quite comfortable in denying it to Palestinians. Beinart takes the position that anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitism. Beinart further argues that Satmor Haidim who are vigorously anti-Zionist are not anti- Semetic.

Zeyba Mur writing in the American Thinker takes the opposite position. Israel, she argues, have at various crucial times offered the Palestinians opportunities to establish their state under favorable conditions, The Palestinians rejected the offers preferring to wait for the opportunity to end Israel’s existence. Regarding the Satmer, Murargus that the Satmar do believe in the ultimate Jewish return to the Promised Land albeit after the arrival of the Messiah. So they are Zionists in a millennial sense after all.

Speaking as a lifelong strong Zionist, anti-Zionism is not always anti-Semitism. But in full agreement with world leaders such as Emmanuel Maeron, President of France and Secretary of State Pompous, anti-Zionism is used all too often as a form of anti-Semitism.

Rabbi Krauss, Mildred, Joel, Sara, Roger, Rebecca, Hannah, Adam and Miera hope the congregation had a zeason Pesach.