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"Anti-Zionism = Anti-Semitism"
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


". . . You declare, my friend, that you do not hate the Jews, you are merely 'anti-Zionist.' And I say, let the truth ring forth from the high mountain tops, let it echo through the valleys of God's green earth: When people criticize Zionism, they mean Jews--this is God's own truth.

"Antisemitism, the hatred of the Jewish people, has been and remains a blot on the soul of mankind. In this we are in full agreement. So know also this: anti-Zionist is inherently antisemitic, and ever will be so.

"Why is this? You know that Zionism is nothing less than the dream and ideal of the Jewish people returning to live in their own land. The Jewish people, the Scriptures tell us, once enjoyed a flourishing Commonwealth in the Holy Land. From this they were expelled by the Roman tyrant, the same Romans who cruelly murdered Our Lord. Driven from their homeland, their nation in ashes, forced to wander the globe, the Jewish people time and again suffered the lash of whichever tyrant happened to rule over them.

"The Negro people, my friend, know what it is to suffer the torment of tyranny under rulers not of our choosing. Our brothers in Africa have begged, pleaded, requested--DEMANDED the recognition and realization of our inborn right to live in peace under our own sovereignty in our own country.

"How easy it should be, for anyone who holds dear this inalienable right of all mankind, to understand and support the right of the Jewish People to live in their ancient Land of Israel. All men of good will exult in the fulfilment of God's promise, that his People should return in joy to rebuild their plundered land.

This is Zionism, nothing more, nothing less.

"And what is anti-Zionist? It is the denial to the Jewish people of a fundamental right that we justly claim for the people of Africa and freely accord all other nations of the Globe. It is discrimination against Jews, my friend, because they are Jews. In short, it is antisemitism.

"The antisemite rejoices at any opportunity to vent his malice. The times have made it unpopular, in the West, to proclaim openly a hatred of the Jews. This being the case, the antisemite must constantly seek new forms and forums for his poison. How he must revel in the new masquerade! He does not hate the Jews, he is just 'anti-Zionist'!

"My friend, I do not accuse you of deliberate antisemitism. I know you feel, as I do, a deep love of truth and justice and a revulsion for racism, prejudice, and discrimination. But I know you have been misled--as others have been--into thinking you can be 'anti-Zionist' and yet remain true to these heartfelt principles that you and I share.

Let my words echo in the depths of your soul: When people criticize Zionism, they mean Jews--make no mistake about it."

From M.L. King Jr., "Letter to an Anti-Zionist Friend," Saturday Review_XLVII (Aug. 1967), p. 76.
Reprinted in M.L. King Jr., "This I Believe: Selections from the Writings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."

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Basil is correct. For more details about the fraud relating to MLK Jr, please see
http://www.qumsiyeh.org/martinlutherking/
Thanks for that Basil and Mazin, I wasn't aware it was a fabrication. But the fact that it didn't come from Dr Martin Luther King doesn't detract from the validity of the argument. "Nationalism" isn't a dirty word, and as far as I understand it stands as a cornerstone of Islam ... "Ummah Islamiya", the Moslem nation. Every existing nation has nationalism, be it France, Syria or Egypt. It is enshrined as one of the basic UN rights ... that of self-determination, that any people with common language, culture, history have the right to follow their national destines. It is the basis of the Palestinian case.

Given that Zionism is nothing more nor less than the expression of self-determination that was recognised by world bodies after WW1, as were these drives for self-determination in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and the other states formed at the same time, then it is clearly as valid as any other push for self-determination that the UN has recognised. Look at the multitude of African nations that achieved self-determination in the 60s because of their tribal commonality. You can't simply pluck Israel out of this plethora of recognitions and delegitimise it ... that, in the non-MLK context, would still be little more than antisemitism. You are, however, free to voice criticisms and discussions that hinge on such things as "occupation". Israel sits in the West Bank because Jordan attacked it in 1967. There are no ifs or buts in this instance, it was entirely the result of a defensive war, and that is reflected in all subsequent UN resolutions that couldn't make it clearer that the final status of these territories is to be decided through negotiation by the parties. Even 242, if you read the discussion, very deliberately suggested (it is not a binding resolution) that "Israel withdraw from territories" as part of a peace deal. The word "all" was deliberately left out, and rightfully so, as much of the land that the settlements sit on is titled to Israel, including the large Etzion Bloc. As it is to be part of a deal, there is also no inherent obligation for Israel to withdraw until such a deal is struck. The abject refusal by extreme groups, including Arafat at Camp David and at Taba, is the only thing that has stood in the way of reaching acceptable compromise, and ending the "occupation". I put that in inverted commas, because few seem to realise that 98% of the Palestinian population live under PA rule.

With continued and continuing efforts to destroy Israel rather than coming to an accommodation, the Palestinians have whittled away at the area they could end up with. Half of Jewish Palestine would have been theirs had they accepted partition in 1947. All of Gaza and 97% of the West Bank would have been theirs had they accepted Barak's offer. Israelis are today totally disillusioned of any possible goodwill by the Palestinians, it's why the right wing got such a powerful showing in the elections, and the next offer will undoubtedly be substantially less.

As it is, Basil, I do wonder about your views of the economic viability of even the entire West Bank and Gaza. These areas were always, even in the best times, wholly dependent on others for that viability. Once it was Jordan, then it was Israel, now its billions peovided by donors ... and who knows how long they'll be prepared to support the Palestinians, especially a violent Palestinian leadership that builds nothing but seeks only to destroy. People do go on about "Hamas being the elected government" to their detriment, as this is one government the world has tired of supporting, and is trying to bypass in order to get aid to the Palestinians. But how long will it be before the average European sees his tax Euros being swallowed up by people seemingly incapable of helping themselves?

For me this is the real tragedy, and it has nothing to do with Israel. I travelled the West Bank and Gaza in far better times and know just how hardworking and friendly Palestinians are ... they deserve far better than to be canon fodder for extremists, whether Hamas or Fatah or Islamic Jihad.
It is kind of interesting that J Foster comes ina month and a half later to resurrect this thread by claiming MLK did say these things without offering any proof. May I suggest (again) that you read this http://www.qumsiyeh.org/martinlutherking/

YOu do no service to your own cause by quoting second had and without documentation. I know many Palestinains who aklso sometimes transmit a sdistorted or inaccurate quote because it fits with their world vision. Both are mistaken. We must be objective if we are to arrive at a common truth.
I agree with you here

The question is not of the past as justification comes from one sided narrative it about the future where the Zionism content need to be change so it will not threat any non-Jew in the region.

for many Zionist such call for change is "Anti-Zionism" but it is clear not a "Anti-Semitism"
For "J Foster" (but I doubt it will make a difference until the next incarnation of a new name)
A Jew born in Palestine is by definition Palestinian and ofcourse hel loves his land. A Jew in Russia is Russian and hopefully loves France not love someone else's land. Ditto for a Christian or a MUslim. I do not want Muslims to love Palestine more than they love their own countries. This double speak that sometimes racist Zionists engage in of imaginging "Jew" equal to a nation is just as abhorent as Osama Bin Laden imaging Muslim equal to a nation. We should respect all religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Bahaism etc) but certainly no one accepts that a religion claim itself so special that it can go to someone else's land to ethnically cleanse it of natives simply for having acquired different religions. MY ancestors as a Palestinian Christian were either Jews or Pagans but I do not derive special rights by my religious affiliation to to go replace people who have lived in another place for hundreds and thousands of years. Why shoudl an AShkenazi European (most converts to Judaism in teh 9th-12th century) have a right to come like Lieberman to Palestine and live on stolen Palestinian lands and rule over the remaining native people! It is simply contrary to all common sense, natural rights, and ofcourse International law ...

For Neri: I agree with you that Zionism content need to be change so it will not threat [sic] any non-Jew in the region.
Hi Mazin and Neri,

For Zionism to change, is it only Zionism that should change?

==PmR

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