When is anti Zionism anti Semitic?
It is certainly possible that some anti Zionism is NOT anti semitic (whether it is correct is an entirely separate question).
It is also certainly possible that some anti Zionism IS anti semitic.
That being the case, that leads to the following question: How does one determine if a given anti Zionist statement is anti semitic or not? What criteria should be used?
I am referring to the common use (as defined by the dictionary) of the word "antisemitic" or "antisemitism" as "bias or hatred towards Jews or Judaism". Or to put it in the words of the Oxford Dictionary: "hatred of Jews; unfair treatment of Jews". Or Webster's: "hostility toward or discrimination against Jews as a religious, ethnic, or racial group". Or Random House: "discrimination against or prejudice or hostility toward Jews."
In my experience, there have been quite a few anti Israel cranks her on Yahoo Answers and elsewhere that complain about being called antisemitic. So, to that I say, "Fair enough. You say you are unfairly being called antisemitic when you are not. Therefore, let us have a serious discussion about it then. Let us clearly define which anti Zionism is antisemitic and then, once we do so, we can decide who is being unfair or who is being anti-Semitic."
(Just curious though, what word do you use to mean "Jew hatred" if antisemitism in your eyes is not the correct word to use?)
Now, answer the question: "When is anti Zionism anti Semitic?" (or whatever word you prefer to use instead of "anti semitic")
My point is: present an argument as to how it is impossible for an anti Zionist to be anti semitic if that is what you believe.
BTW, I might add that while this may be true that some anti Zionists are stupid enough to not be able to tell the difference between political ideologies and religion/ethnicities that isn't true for many others. They know very well the difference between anti Zionism and antisemitism yet there are those who still engage in it nevertheless.
I might also add that it is a typical tactic that when someone is the victim of hatred, those that are sympathetic to the ones showing that hatred blame those victims. That is precisely what you are doing here.
In other words, he claims that only ignorant people can be anti Zionist and antisemitic and implicitly lays the blame for that hatred on Israel.
This, however, is not true. There are many antisemites who know very well what they are saying when they target Israel. They are doing it because they are antisemites.
I might add though that it still doesn't address the heart of my question: HOW do we determine WHEN an anti Zionist is being anti semitic when expressing anti Zionist/Israel sentiments? It seems to me that it is only fair that we clearly define this.
So, here is one rule of anti Zionism that is really anti semitism.
If you can substitute the words "Zionist" for "Jew" and it is an antisemitic statement then the anti Zionist statement IS antisemitic.
So, for example:
"The Zionists control the media"
is functionally equivalent of:
"The Jews control the media"
So, just as the later is antisemitic, so to the former is antisemitic.
If a given anti Zionist engages in explicit anti semitism independent of their anti Zionism, then his/her motivations for being anti Zionist are based in their antisemitism.
So, to give an example, some anti Israel cranks have stated the "false or out of context" Talmud quotes (which is antisemitic) which has nothing to do with Israel or Zionism. For people like that it can be assumed that their issue is with Jews and Judaism, not Zionism.