Most Americans confuse zionism and Judaism.
While many assume
that zionism simply means allowing the Israeli nation to exist, many zionists in high positions within the Netanyahu and Sharon administrations advocate for very different policies altogether, including the use of offensive wars throughout the Middle East. See this
, and read the section entitled “Securing the Realm” here
In reality, many devout Jews are against zionism
as being antithetical to traditional Jewish values. As such, many Jews say that criticizing zionism is not anti-semitism
. … and some zionists themselves admit that even non-Jews
have the right to criticize Israel.
Zionists can be also be Christian
. Indeed, millions of fundamentalist Christians
– including many in the American military
- want to start WWIII to speed the “second coming” of Jesus Christ.
As such, the common practice of American politicians and media of interchanging Iran’s words about the “zionist regime” with the word “Israel” is disingenuous. For example, AP reported
‘s existence is an “insult to all humanity,” Iran’s president said Friday ….”The existence of the Zionist regime
is an insult to all humanity,” Ahmadinejad said.
Criticizing a particular “regime” in Israel is akin to criticizing the “Bush administration” or the “Obama administration”. For example, saying that Bush should have been impeached is not
calling for the American government to be overthrown.
Similarly, the AP story repeated the old canard:
Tensions between Iran and Israel have intensified since 2005, when Ahmadinejad said in a speech that Israel will one day be “wiped off the map.”
As a New York Times translation
notes, Ahmadinejad wasn’t referring to Israel at all
, but to the “regime” – i.e. the current political administration
– in Israel.
Moreover, it was not Ahmadinejad himself speaking. He was quoting Ayatollah Khomeini, who died in 1989 (and who looked exactly like Sean Connery’s long-lost twin
People can debate whether zionism is helpful or counter-productive, or which form of zionism is best. But interchanging zionism and Israel without explanation is misleading.
is wholly unacceptable, as is prosecution of Christians, Muslims or anyone else for their religion or race.
But whatever Iran’s faults, the fact