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Question 14.8:
Are antisemitism and anti-Zionism the same thing?


There is a dangerous confluence between anti-Zionism and antisemitism, even though the two concepts are not always identical. Anti-Zionism is directed against the political realization of Zionism--the State of Israel.

Anti-Zionism has also become a catchword for antisemitism and has provided antisemites with a convenient cloak behind which to conceal their hatred of Jews.

The FAQ is a collection of documents that is an attempt to answer questions that are continually asked on the soc.culture.jewish family of newsgroups. It was written by cooperating laypeople from the various Judaic movements. You should not make any assumption as to accuracy and/or authoritativeness of the answers provided herein. In all cases, it is always best to consult a competent authority--your local rabbi is a good place to start.

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