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Criticism of Israel Is Not Anti-Semitism; Anti-Zionism Is

Dennis Prager on

b) Anyone, of any race or ethnicity, can become a Jew.

c) One out of every 5 Israelis is not a Jew. And these Israeli citizens -- mostly Arab Muslims -- have the same rights as Jewish Israelis.

d) Israel's control of the West Bank has nothing to do with "race." Israel does not control the West Bank because Palestinians are of another race but because Palestinians tried to destroy Israel in 1967, and they lost the war. The only reason Palestinians do not have their own state has nothing to do with race: They rejected offers to found their own state on five separate occasions since 1948. They have always rejected building a Palestinian state because they have always been more interested in destroying Israel.

Fifth, the anti-Zionists claim that Israel's origins are illegitimate.

The fact that, of all the world's 200-plus countries, the only country anti-Zionists declare illegitimate is also the only Jewish country is pretty much all you need to know about their motives. Why, for example, don't they make this claim about Pakistan? In 1947, nine months before the establishment of Israel, India was partitioned into a Muslim state -- Pakistan -- and a Hindu state -- India.

Unlike Israel, Pakistan had never existed before.


Unlike Israel's founding, which created about 700,000 Jewish refugees from Arab lands and 700,000 Arab refugees from what became Israel, the founding of Pakistan created about 7 million Muslim refugees from India and about 7 million Hindu refugees from Pakistan. And while the highest estimate of Arab deaths in the fighting that took place when Israel announced its establishment is 10,000, the number of deaths as a result of Pakistan's creation is around 1 million.

Given these facts, why is Israel's legitimacy challenged while the legitimacy of Pakistan isn't? There's only one answer: Israel is the one Jewish state in the world. So, while there are 49 Muslim-majority countries and 22 Arab states, anti-Zionists reject the right of the one Jewish state -- the size of New Jersey -- to exist.

Of course, not all anti-Zionists hate all Jews. But as I wrote at the beginning, if you seek to destroy Italy, you don't have to hate every Italian to be anti-Italian. If you seek to destroy the only Jewish state on Earth, you don't have to hate every Jew to be an anti-Semite.


Dennis Prager is a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and columnist. His latest book, published by Regnery in April 2018, is "The Rational Bible," a commentary on the book of Exodus. He is the founder of Prager University and may be contacted at

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