The history of the Zionist movement demonstrates that there is no inherent contradiction between Zionism and anti-Semitism. The two ideologies have in fact often worked in concert to achieve their shared goal: concentrating Jews in one place (so as to better avoid them in others). Even before the modern Zionist movement arose in the late 19th century, Christian philosophers and statesmen debated what to do with the “oriental” mass of Jewry in their midst. As the scholar Jonathan Hess of the University of North Carolina has noted, one “solution” popular among Enlightenment figures who harbored anti-Semitic feelings was to deport Jews to a colonial setting where they could be reformed. Johann Gottlieb Fichte, among the founders of German Idealism, noted in 1793 that the most effective protection Europeans could mount against the Jewish menace was to “conquer the holy land for them and send them all there.”Read more . . .
"Deep down, I believe that a little anti-Semitism is a good thing for the Jews – reminds us who we are." –Jay Lefkowitz (NYT Magazine. Feb.12, 1995. Page 65). Jay Lefkowitz is now Deputy assistant to the President for Domestic … Read more . . .
Argentina: Israel Allowed Jews to Die Article in Return No. 5, December 1990, London One of the main justifications that supporters of Zionism give for the State of Israel is that in the event of a resurgence of anti-Semitism, Israel … Read more . . .
Our Responsibility Towards the Jews in the Arab Countries By Uri Harari, in the Israeli daily Yedi’ot Aharonot, 9 Feb.. 1969 (excerpts) When we hear of riots, pogroms or hanging [of Jews] we seethe with anger, and justly so. We … Read more . . .
Israel Requests West Germany to Deny Visas to Soviet Jews Letter from Elias Davidsson to Mr. Helmut Kohl, 23.4.91 Your Excellency, Mr. Kohl, The Israeli daily Yedi’ot Aharonot of March 15th reported that in your meeting with Israeli Foreign … Read more . . .
Antisemitism Entry in the Encyclopaedia of Zionism and Israel (ed. Patai), excerpts (…) In the age of growing nationalism, Jews were declared to be an alien, hostile people, incapable of assimilation. Their economic activities were especially attacked by anti-Semites, … Read more . . .
Assimilation Entry in the Encyclopaedia of Zionism and Israel (ed. Patai), excerpts (…) Assimilation became an acute problem (emphasis added) early in the 19th century, when emancipation transformed the legal status of the Jew from that of a ghetto … Read more . . .
The Jewish Question and the Zionist Movement Udi Adiv (in Return No. 5, December 1990, London) It is the common premise of both Zionist and anti-Zionist writers that the Zionist movement was established as a response to European anti-Semitism at … Read more . . .
Zionism’s Attitude to Anti-Semitism Tony Greenstein, in RETURN, London, March 1989 Much of the criticism of Perdition has centered around the exceptional and unique nature of the Holocaust, both in terms of the sheer magnitude and the systematic and planned … Read more . . .