"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 Valley of God's green ear th: When people criticize Zionism, they mean Jews-- this is God's own truth. "Anti-semitism, the hatred of the Jewish people, has been and remains a blot on the soul of mankind...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 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 tyranny under rulers not of our choosing... "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 the ancient land of Israel.. "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 doesn't hate the Jews, he is just an anti-Zionis!... "Let my words echo in the depths of your soul: When people criticize Zionism, they mean Jews. Make no mistake about it." -MLK, JR. in aletter to a friend
Since joining care2, I have been saddenedand angry by some of the anti-Israel bias I have seen, so I felt I needed to post the above quote. I don't mind if you are opposed to some of the policies of the present Israeli government- I am too (just as I am opposed to much of American's policies), but what bothers me is people who deny the right of Israel to exist at all and are ignorant about its history!