Many Anti-Israel activists claim that "the government of Israel is separate from the Jews". Their assertion is that when they judge Israel, they are not judging the Jewish people as a whole -- only the actions of the government of Israel. This analysis seeks to explore this idea -- that Jews are separate from Israel.
Another claim made by many anti-Israel activists is that "many Jews oppose Zionism". Is it true? We explore this topic below.
While there are Jews living outside of Israel, most Jews in the world live in Israel. The reason most Jews live in Israel is that Jews were largely expelled from Europe and the Middle East.
Despite that tiny groups of far-left Jews and far-right Jews are opposed to Israel for political or religious reasons, they are by no means recognized as mainstream by the Jewish community. Anti-Israel activists -- many times anti-Semites -- quote the Neturei Karta to prove their points about Israel. The Neturei Karta is to Judaism what the Westboro Baptist Church is to Christianity. They cannot possibly be taken seriously.
No country in the world has been judged by casual observers with such fervor as the government of Israel. Almost anything Israel does -- good, bad, or neutral -- amounts to calls of "war crimes" and "injustice" from seemingly ordinary people.
A good example of this is when I heard people in the U.S. claiming that Israel is trying to convince the United States to go to war with Syria. This claim has absolutely no merit. The official Israeli position has always been neutral: it would neither benefit them to engage militarily with Assad's regime, nor would it benefit them if Assad remained in power while carrying out a "mini Holocaust" on the innocent civilians of Syria. Israel's actual actions have been to help Syrian refugees, providing aid, food, clothing, hospitals, and expressing genuine concern about the situation there.
The government of Israel is the only Jewish majority government in the world, representing the only Jewish majority country in the world. In no other country in the world do Jews make up more than 2% of the population.
Therefore, attacks on Israel are intended as attacks on the Jewish people.
In 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. -- in response to a student who had attacked Zionism during a dinner event, said, "When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews. You're talking anti-Semitism." Speaking at the annual convention of the Rabbinical Assembly in 1968, he said, "Israel is one of the great outposts of democracy in the world, and a marvelous example of what can be done, how desert land can be transformed into an oasis of brotherhood and democracy. Peace for Israel means security, and that security must be a reality,"
Ethnic and religious minorities are treated more fairly in Israel than any other country in the Middle East. Homosexuals and women are treated with fairness and equality under the law in Israel, unlike its Arab neighbors.
When you hear from an anti-Israel activist that "The government of Israel is separate from the Jews", ask them to name the other governments that are majority Jewish. (Hint: There are none. Not even close. Jews make up less than 2% of the U.S. population, yet consist of more than 75% of the population of Israel.
The claim that Jews are not represented by the government of Israel is false, because a majority of Jews worldwide are indeed represented by Israel's government. Whenever and wherever Jews face discrimination and anti-Semitism, they have another option: moving to Israel, the homeland of the Jewish people both historically and today.
Therefore when you are criticizing Israel as a whole -- and its policies -- you are also criticizing Jews as a whole.