Are anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism the same thing?

With the UK's Labour Party, the French Parliament, and Congresswoman Ilhan Omar in the US all at the centre of rows over anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, what is the relationship between the two concepts? Is either acceptable? Or do both words describe damaging and dangerous prejudices against Jewish communities across the globe?

Anti-Zionism is the same as anti-Semitism

Anti-Zionism is simply a coded attack on Jews, shrouded in politics and politically correct language.

Disputing the right to self-determination is anti-Semitic

Zionists are standing up for the right to Jewish self-determination. To object to this is anti-Semitic.

Anti-Zionism is just a modern form of anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitism always seeks to ascribe the worst traits in society to the Jewish population; anti-Zionism attempts to do the same.

Anti-Zionism is acceptable; anti-Semitism is not.

Anti-Semitism is is bigotry and anti-Zionism is a political opinion.

One is anti-Jewish, one is anti-Israeli policy

Anti-Semitism is anti-Jewish bigotry and unacceptable. But anti-Zionism is simply being against Israeli policy and a legitimate political belief.

Many Jews do not support Zionism

There are plenty of Jews in the Jewish community that are anti-Zionists. Surely they cannot be accused of being anti-Semitic?

Anti-Zionist arguments are rooted in international law

Arguments against anti-Zionism are rooted in international law and human rights. Anti-Semitic arguments are rooted in bigotry and hate.

They refer to different concepts but both are damaging

Anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism are not the same, but both are harmful to the Jewish community.

Anti-Zionists use the same language as anti-Semites

Because anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic rhetoric is identical, both are damaging for the Jewish community.

Anti-Zionism encourages anti-Semitism

Anti-Zionism assumes that Israeli Jews are racist human rights abusers. This legitimises anti-Semitism and creates an environment where prejudice flourishes.

People who are anti-Zionists are often also anti-Semites

The same people spreading anti-Zionist thought are likely to be the same people harbouring anti-Semitic views.
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