Ross K. Nichols

Author, Explorer, Researcher, Teacher

Today, some attempt to draw a line between antisemitism and anti-Zionism, claiming they hold no ill will towards Jews but oppose the modern State of Israel. Yet, this purported distinction often collapses into a dangerous overlap.

While critiquing Israeli policies is part and parcel of political engagement, anti-Zionism frequently crosses into antisemitism. It commonly denies the Jewish people their right to self-determination, demonizes the State of Israel in a manner that is disproportionate and singular, and subjects it to double standards not applied to any other country.

The rallying cry “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be free” might sound like a plea for liberation to some, but its implications are severe and sinister. It articulates a vision of the Middle East that seeks the absence of a Jewish homeland, reminiscent of a time when areas were declared ‘Judenfrei’ or ‘Judenrein’—cleansed of Jews. This is not a call for peaceful coexistence; it is a stark ultimatum for the complete removal of the Jewish presence from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.

The modern anti-Zionist movement, often parading under the banner of pro-Palestinian activism, thinly disguises its antisemitic underpinnings. It advocates for the dissolution of the State of Israel and rejects the deep-seated historical and cultural bonds of the Jewish people to this region—bonds substantiated by both history and archaeology. In essence, it is an outright denial of a people’s rights and voice, the very epitome of discrimination. Therefore, let us state this without ambiguity: The anti-Zionist movement, under the guise of pro-Palestinian activism, is tantamount to antisemitism.

It is time to stop muddying the waters. I stand as a non-Jewish Zionist. It is imperative to make a choice. Where do you stand?