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If you want to call me anti-Semitic that is your choice and your opinion ..

.. But I know I am not, I am anti-Israel and anti-Zionism but in no way does that make me anti-Semitic no matter what your opinion about me is I am not anti-Judaism.

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Voltaire: "To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticise"

Israel's war crimes are beyond evil and to question war crimes does not make me anything but anti-war, the anti-semitic slander is being thrown around too much now and it's even silencing people and taking away free speech. 

To call someone racist who isn't racist is not fair so why do some people think it's to call people anti-semitic when they aren't? 

To call someone something whether it is anti-semitic, racist, homophobic etc is what your opinion of that person is but it doesn't mean you are always right, yes, of course, there are anti-semitic, racist people across the world and they are vile people (in my opinion). 

What worries me is being called anti-semitic because I am against Israeli war crimes in Palestine and I am against occupied Israel on Palestinian land. Because I am anti-war and anti-Israel does not mean I am against the Israeli people or against the Judaism religion.

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I am however anti-Zionism and some people seem to confuse Zionism with Judaism but they have NOTHING to do with each other in fact they are total opposites.

Below is from the website http://www.truetorahjews.org

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The relatively new concept of Zionism began only about one hundred years ago and since that time Torah-true Jewry has steadfastly opposed the Zionist ideology. This struggle is rooted in two convictions:

1. Zionism, by advocating a political and military end to the Jewish exile, denies the very essence of our Diaspora existence. We are in exile by Divine Decree and may emerge from exile solely via Divine Redemption. All human efforts to alter a metaphysical reality are doomed to end in failure and bloodshed. History has clearly borne out this teaching.

2. Zionism has not only denied our fundamental belief in Heavenly Redemption it has also created a pseudo-Judaism which views the essence of our identity to be a secular nationalism. Accordingly, Zionism and the Israeli state have consistently endeavoured, via persuasion and coercion, to replace a Divine and Torah-centered understanding of our peoplehood with an armed materialism.

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True Torah Jews are dedicated to informing the world and in particular, the American public and politicians that not all Jews support the ideology of the Zionist state called "Israel". In fact, a great number of Orthodox Jews view the ideology of that state as diametrically opposed to the teachings of traditional Judaism.

We are concerned that the widespread misconception that all Jews support the Zionist state and its actions endanger Jews worldwide.

We are NOT politically motivated. We are motivated by our concern for the peace and safety of all people throughout the world including those living in the Zionist state. We support and pray for peace for the people of the Zionist state but have no interest in and do not support the Zionist government.

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We seek to disassociate Jews and traditional Judaism from the Zionist ideology by:

1. Providing historical and supporting documentation that Zionism is totally contrary to the teachings of traditional Judaism through the words of our Rabbis, Sages, and Holy Scriptures which oppose the creation of a state called Israel.

2. Providing historical documentation on the ideology and creation of Zionism, the supporters of Zionism and the negative impact of their actions on the Jewish people in the past hundred years, including their involvement in the Holocaust and their activities up to the present day.

3. Publicising the efforts of traditional Jews to demonstrate their opposition to Zionism, efforts which are often ignored by the mainstream media.

4. Convincing the news media, politicians and the public to cease referring to the State of Israel as the "Jewish State" but to call it what it is: the "Zionist State".

We also aim to reach out to our Jewish brethren who have never studied the subject of Zionism from a Torah perspective and have only been taught the Zionist side of the story. It is our hope that all of our fellow Jews will soon open their eyes, return to Torah and reject this ideology that replaces the Jew's age-old hope for G-d's redemption with a false redemption and a human-initiated state. 

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Why is it that if you are not in support of the state you are automatically deemed anti-semitic?

Q. Why is it, when discussing the state of Israel, that if you are not in support of the state you are automatically deemed anti-semitic? And no such discussion can take place without one being called a neo-nazi? Regardless of your words and feelings towards those of the faith, mention the state of Israel (nothing to do with Judaism) and if you are not in support of a state you are a nazi? Is this to discredit any such conversation or line of thought? If so, how widespread is it? 

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A. Yes, many Zionists do use the slur of anti-Semite to silence any criticism of their state. Other Zionists recognise that the critics may not necessarily be motivated by anti-Semitism, but say that they should keep quiet anyway because it leads to anti-Semitism. This was the subject of a U.S. State Department report. 

More moderate Zionists distinguish between minor criticism of their state and denying its "right to exist". They maintain that while criticising certain actions of the state of Israel is okay, one who says that the state has no right to exist as a Jewish state must be an anti-Semite; why else would he deny the rights of the poor Jews to a small piece of land to call their own?

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We, traditionally Orthodox Jews, are against the existence of a Jewish state on religious grounds. We base ourselves on Jewish legal texts which we don't expect non-Jews to believe in. Therefore it is hardly credible for a non-Jew to claim, as we do, that he loves Jews yet opposes any Jewish state because of the texts that we quote: the Jews are commanded to stay in exile etc.

Rather, if a non-Jew wishes to express the position that there should be no Jewish state without sounding anti-Semitic, he should stress that it would be better for the Jews themselves not to have a state, both in terms of their moral image in the world, and in terms of their safety. He should also accompany his statements against Zionism with positive statements about Jews in order to dispel any impression that he is anti-Semitic.

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