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ZIONISM AND ANTISEMITISM: RACIST POLITICAL TWINS – A J-BIG BRIEFING

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Zionism and antisemitism: racist political twins


The movement for freedom, justice and equality for Palestinians opposes Israel’s occupation, colonisation of Arab lands and its apartheid system. The campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) targets the Israeli state, institutions and companies complicit in Israel’s crimes.1 BDS has become an effective means for people of diverse backgrounds to express their humanitarian, anti-racist impulses in solidarity with Palestine.

Recognising the power of BDS, Israel’s defenders have regularly accused the movement of antisemitism. They use this favourite weapon to intimidate and silence critics of Israel, including Jewish anti-Zionists, who are dismissed as ‘self-hating Jews’.

This briefing has been written by and for BDS activists to explain how the charge of antisemitism applies to Zionism itself. Indeed, they are racist political twins. Understanding their mutual dependence will help strengthen the BDS movement and inform our strategy.

  • Read the full briefing text below with numbered references and onward links
  • Download the briefing as a printable pdf file here
  • Read the briefing as a pdf with notes in an appendix here

Join in J-BIG’s conference: Palestine Solidarity and Jewish Opposition to Zionism in London on March 2. Details here.


The briefing above was originally sourced from 'Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods' on the 19th of January. You can view the original article here.

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