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Zionism, or the belief in the Jewish right to self-determination in the land of Israel, has been the topic of contentious global debate for decades. And while the United States government is making moves to strengthen its special relationship with Israel, such as relocating the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, scrutiny of Israel and its government looms large in American politics. Is it possible to distinguish anti-Zionism from anti-Semitism?

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Bret Stephens

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Bret Stephens
  • Op-Ed Columnist, New York Times
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Friday, April 16, 2010
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The world has already entered an era in which global disorders, spurred by American retreat, are proliferating at rates that are increasingly hard to contain.

Sunday, October 30, 2016
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“If a college or university should accept the principle of a ‘safe space’ in a single designated room, why should that same principle not extend to the classroom, the lecture hall, dormitories, college newspapers, chat rooms, social media and so on?”

Monday, May 15, 2017
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Gail Collins and Bret Stephens discuss the fate of President Trump in 2020.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
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"Now it’s my turn to watch the Republican Party drift away. Whether the trend continues after the election remains to be seen, but already the GOP is largely unrecognizable to me. To see how far it’s fallen, let’s remind ourselves of where it once was."

Sunday, October 16, 2016
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Bret Stephens discusses his Op-Ed critical of GOP candidate Donal Trump with Fox News prior to the 2016 presidential election.

Thursday, March 14, 2019
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"But if you’re serious about wanting to defeat Trump, you might want to start with Rule No. 1: Don’t argue with sunshine. Don’t acknowledge good news through gritted teeth, or chortle at the president’s boastful delivery, or content yourself with the thought that Barack Obama also had some strong quarters and deserves all the credit."

Friday, July 27, 2018
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"Negotiators have come up with a border security deal which President Trump is expected to sign because he says he will find another way to fund his border wall. Stephanie Ruhle is joined by PBS Newshour White House Correspondent Yamiche Alcindor, Spectrum News NY1 Political Reporter Grace Rauh, Vanity Fair Special Correspondent William Cohan, and New York Times Opinion Columnist Bret Stephens to discuss if Republicans are worried about a potential executive overreach and why the President didn’t get money from elsewhere before."

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
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"During the eight years of the Obama presidency, I thought U.S. policy toward Israel — the hectoring, the incompetent diplomatic interventions, the moral equivocations, the Iran deal, the backstabbing at the U.N. — couldn’t get worse. As with so much else, Donald Trump succeeds in making his predecessors look good."

Wednesday, December 26, 2018
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"Politico reports that Donald Trump's political team has started compiling opposition research on three candidates: Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker. Bret Stephens and Doug Thornell join Katy Tur to discuss what these candidates bring to the table."

Thursday, March 14, 2019
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"Larry Hogan can offer a serious and meaningful alternative to the corroded conservatism we have in Washington today."

Monday, January 28, 2019
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"For the people of northern Israel, anti-Zionism isn’t some feckless sally in the world of ideas."
 

Thursday, December 13, 2018

"A movement that can detect a racist dog-whistle from miles away is strangely deaf when it comes to some of the barking on its own side of the fence."
 

Friday, February 8, 2019

Democracies that trade substance for charisma don’t last. Trump is America’s answer to Hugo Chávez.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Where was Mark Levin when Trump was still a big bubble waiting to be popped?

Monday, February 22, 2016

Donald Trump gives credence to the left’s caricature of bigoted conservatives.

Monday, February 29, 2016

“America First” is the inevitable outcome of the Republican descent into populism.

Monday, May 2, 2016

The right can survive liberal presidents. Trump will kill its best ideas for a generation.

Monday, May 9, 2016

America’s neighbor isn’t a failed state or a threat—despite what Donald Trump says.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Get what you thought you wanted.  Get the opposite of what you really want.

Monday, June 27, 2016

The right’s political huckster gives Al Sharpton a run for his money.

Monday, August 8, 2016

ISIS makes liberals rediscover the necessity of hard power.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The tide of public opinion, until recently so dull and vociferous in its opposition to “neocons,” is beginning to shift as Americans understand that a policy of inaction also has its price. Americans are once again prepared to hear the case against retreat.

Monday, September 1, 2014
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An American journalist is murdered and the president's defense chief calls ISIS an imminent threat. So does the U.S. have a strategy to defeat the terror group?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

President Obama talks about progress in ending the humanitarian crisis in Iraq. But is he committed to averting a military one and defeating the ISIS threat?

Saturday, August 16, 2014
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Einat Wilf

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Einat Wilf
  • Former Member, Israeli Parliament
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“There’s no doubt that anti-Zionism has become the socially respectable way to experience the historical emotional pleasure of hating Jews.”

Thursday, October 27, 2016
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“To bring a permanent end to the Israeli military occupation of much of the territory acquired during the 1967 Six-Day War, the Muslims, Arabs, and Palestinians must cease to view the entire Zionist project itself as a temporary aberration.”

Saturday, April 1, 2017
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“The inspirational power of Zionism lay not only in its call to action, but in its vocabulary of human equality, liberty, and dignity. Zionism called upon the Jewish people to take action to achieve their rightful place among the nations as equals—nothing more, nothing less.”

Thursday, December 15, 2016
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"As long as Israel adopts a clear policy that proves its willingness to divide the land, the military occupation of these territories is justified until the other side proves a similar willingness. So along with “yes to occupation,” a policy of “no to settlements” will be declared."

Saturday, December 31, 2016
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“To bring a permanent end to the Israeli military occupation of much of the territory acquired during the 1967 Six-Day War, the Muslims, Arabs, and Palestinians must cease to view the entire Zionist project itself as a temporary aberration.”

Saturday, April 1, 2017
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Peter Beinart

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Peter Beinart
  • Journalist & Author, “The Crisis of Zionism”
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Thursday, November 13, 2008
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Monday, February 21, 2011
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Monday, February 28, 2011
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Terrorism does not represent the greatest threat to American security; debt does, and our anti-terror efforts are exacerbating the problem.

Sunday, May 1, 2011
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“Secularism is indeed correlated with greater tolerance of gay marriage and pot legalization. But it’s also making America’s partisan clashes more brutal.”

Saturday, April 1, 2017
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"If Israel makes the occupation permanent and Zionism ceases to be a democratic project, Israel’s foes will eventually overthrow Zionism itself."

Sunday, March 18, 2012
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“Our community’s complicity in the human nightmare in Gaza should fill every American Jew with shame. The first step toward ending that complicity is to stop lying to ourselves.”

Thursday, April 26, 2018
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“For several decades, the Jewish establishment has asked American Jews to check their liberalism at Zionism’s door, and now, to their horror, they are finding that many young Jews have checked their Zionism instead.”

Thursday, June 10, 2010
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“American Jews see right-wing anti-Semitism as the far greater threat, which makes sense given that Jews overwhelmingly vote Democratic and last year saw a white nationalist commit the deadliest anti-Semitic massacre in American history.”

Thursday, October 24, 2019
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"Peter Beinart on anti-Semitism in America and illiberalism in Israel."

Thursday, November 29, 2018
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“All over the world, it is an alarming time to be Jewish – but conflating anti-Zionism with Jew-hatred is a tragic mistake.”

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
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Yousef Munayyer

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Yousef Munayyer
  • Executive Director, US Campaign for Palestinian Rights
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“US proposals always treat Palestinians as second-class citizens. But this time Trump has said the quiet part out loud, and it’s ugly indeed.”

Friday, February 14, 2020
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“The simple truth is that over the decades, the Israelis developed enough power and cultivated enough support from Washington to allow them to occupy and hold the territories and to create, in effect, a one-state reality of their own devising. Netanyahu and Trump are seeking not to change the status quo but merely to ratify it.”

Friday, November 1, 2019
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“Trump’s order is part of a sustained campaign “to silence Palestinian rights activism” by equating opposition to Israeli treatment of Palestinians with anti-Semitism.”

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
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“I’ve fought for Palestinian rights for my whole career. Today I see a new generation of American Jews viewing the conflict through a new lens: equality.”

Monday, March 11, 2019
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"Benjamin Netanyahu’s attack on Arab voters was not just an electioneering tactic. Such fear-mongering is rooted in the foundation of the Zionist project in Palestine."

Friday, March 20, 2015
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Background

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“In brief, it’s Israel’s national ideology, with Judaism serving as both a nationality and religion.”

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
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Zack Beauchamp

"While Title VI does not cover discrimination based on religion, individuals who face discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin do not lose protection under Title VI for also being a member of a group that shares common religious practices. Discrimination against Jews may give rise to a Title VI violation when the discrimination is based on an individual’s race, color, or national origin."

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
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Donald Trump

"The Education Department has ordered Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to remake the Middle East studies program run jointly by the two schools after concluding that it was offering students a biased curriculum that, among other complaints, did not present enough “positive” imagery of Judaism and Christianity in the region. In a rare instance of federal intervention in college course content, the department asserted that the universities’ Middle East program violated the standards of a federal program that awards funding to international studies and foreign language programs."

Thursday, September 19, 2019
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Erica L Green

"The Remembrance Alliance definition makes clear what our administration has stated publicly and on the record: Anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism. The inclusion of this language with contemporary examples gives critical guidance to agencies enforcing Title VI provisions."

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
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Jared Kushner

“One does not have to be an anti-Semite to be an anti-Zionist, but one certainly can be both an anti-Semite and an anti-Zionist. Trump, however, has inverted this formula by positioning himself as a pro-Zionist anti-Semite.”

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
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Masha Gessen

"In a rampage described as among the deadliest against the Jewish community in the United States, the assailant stormed into the Tree of Life Congregation, where worshipers had gathered in separate rooms to celebrate their faith, and shot indiscriminately into the crowd, shattering what had otherwise been a peaceful morning."

Saturday, October 27, 2018
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Campbell Robertson, Christopher Mele and Sabrina Tavernise

"Two gunmen went on an hourslong shooting rampage Tuesday, targeting a Jewish grocery store and getting into a firefight with police that killed four people, including a police officer, as well as the two suspects, officials said."

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
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Ben Chapman, Tyler Blint-Welsh and Joseph De Avila

"The internal Labour row over anti-Semitism has dragged on for nearly three years. Here's a guide to what's been going on."

Tuesday, July 16, 2019
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BBC

"Anti-Zionism is a form of antisemitism, France’s National Assembly determined on Tuesday, voting on a resolution calling on the government to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism."

Wednesday, December 4, 2019
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Lahav Harkov

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“To single out Israel, the only liberal democracy in the Middle East, for demonization and isolation, while ignoring egregious human rights violators aplenty, once again smacks of anti-Jewish hatred.”

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
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David Harris

“I take “Zionism” to mean a belief in the rightful existence of a Jewish state, nothing more. Anti-Zionism denies the rightfulness.”

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
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Michael Walzer

“Anti-semitism is a virus that survives by mutating. In the Middle Ages, Jews were hated because of their religion. In the 19th and 20th centuries they were hated because of their race. Today they are hated because of their nation state, Israel. Anti-Zionism is the new anti-Semitism.”

Sunday, April 3, 2016
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Jonathan Sacks

"The recent eruptions of anti-Semitism in America have awakened us to a prejudice that has long resided, in quiet ways and in many forms, in this country. And the part of it that now disguises itself as anti-Zionism—hatred of the Jewish state that was established in the wake of the Holocaust as a refuge for Jews—has even seemed, to some, virtuous, a sentiment they believe puts them in humanity’s moral vanguard."

Monday, January 27, 2020
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Walter Reich

Against The Motion

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“The conflation of anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism is a bit of rhetorical sleight-of-hand that depends on treating Israel as the embodiment of the Jewish people everywhere. Certainly, some criticism of Israel is anti-Semitic, but it’s entirely possible to oppose Jewish ethno-nationalism without being a bigot. Indeed, it’s increasingly absurd to treat the Israeli state as a stand-in for Jews writ large, given the way the current Israeli government has aligned itself with far-right European movements that have anti-Semitic roots.”

Friday, December 7, 2018
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Michelle Goldberg

“Through study and action, through deep relationship with Palestinians fighting for their own liberation, and through our own understanding of Jewish safety and self determination, we have come to see that Zionism was a false and failed answer to the desperately real question many of our ancestors faced of how to protect Jewish lives from murderous antisemitism in Europe.”

Friday, February 14, 2020
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Jewish Voice for Peace

“As the executive director of T’ruah, a Jewish organization dedicated to protecting human rights here, in Israel and in the occupied Palestinian territories, I know it’s possible to criticize Israel without veering into anti-Semitism. I do it every day.”

Friday, May 18, 2018
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Jill Jacobs

“Today, if you advocate for a single state in which everyone has equal voting rights, they call you anti-Zionist, but that is not a definition of Zionism which many early Zionists would have accepted. (Meanwhile, if you advocate for a one-state solution in which Jews still maintain a voting majority, by denying votes to Palestinians in perpetuity, you’re still welcome in American synagogues.)”

Friday, August 30, 2019
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Joel Swanson

The BDS Movement

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"Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) is a Palestinian-led movement for freedom, justice and equality. BDS upholds the simple principle that Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of humanity."

Friday, February 14, 2020
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BDS

"Most Jews regard eliminationist statements about Israel as anti-Semitic, as well as the most popular anti-Zionist movement — the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement movement, known as BDS. AllprominentBDS activists advocate dismantling the State of Israel."

Thursday, March 14, 2019
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Nurit Baytch

"Senators have yet again introduced a version of the Combating BDS Act that would encourage states to adopt unconstitutional measures intended to suppress protected political expression when those opinions are disfavored by the government."

Monday, January 28, 2019
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ACLU

Polls and Public Opinion

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"AJC’s 2019 Survey of American Jewish Opinion, conducted by the research company SSRS, is based on telephone interviews carried out April 10 - May 7, with a national sample of 1,006 Jews over age 18. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.1%"

Sunday, June 2, 2019
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AJC

"The ADL Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents is conducted semi-annually by ADL’s Center on Extremism to monitor and track Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States. The Center on Extremism (COE) is a foremost authority on extremism, terrorism, anti-Semitism and all forms of hate."

Sunday, December 31, 2017
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ADL