UK’s Chief Rabbi: Zionism = Judaism!

On May 3, UK’s chief rabbi Ephraim Mirvis in an Op-Ed at The Telegraph blasted former London Mayor Ken Livingstone, and UK’s National Union of Students president Malia Bouattia over saying that criticism of Zionism is not criticism of Jewish people.

It’s astonishing to see figures on the hard Left of British political spectrum presuming to define the relationship between Judaism and Zionism despite themselves being neither Jews or Zionists. The likes of Ken Livingstone and Malia Bouattia claim that Zionism is separate from Judaism as a faith; that is purely political; that it is expansionist, colonialist and imperialist,” Mirvis said.

It’s unclear why these people feel qualified to provide such an analysis of one of the axioms of Jewish belief. But let me be very clear. Their claims are a fiction. They’re a willful distortion of a noble and integral part of Judaism. Zionism is a belief in the right to Jewish self-determination in a land that has been at the center of the Jewish world for more than 3000 years. One can no more separate it from Judaism than separate the City of London from Britain,” Mirvis gave his ‘fatwa’.

Now, since the chief rabbi claims that non-Jews have no right to comment on Jewish religion – but the hateful Zionist rabbis have G-d given rights to slander Christianity and Islam – let us listen to some non-Zionist rabbis, such as
Rabbi Elmer Berger (here), Rabbi Brant Rosen, Rabbi Dovid Weiss (listen to him below) what they think of Zionism.

American Jewish scholar and writer, Dr. Scott G. Neuburger, in an article, entitled, The Difference between Judaism and Zionism claims that Zionism has nothing to do with the Jewish religion.

In 1897, the Central Conference of American Rabbis adopted a resolution disapproving of any attempt to establish a Jewish state. The resolution stated: Zion was a precious possession of the past – as such it is a holy memory, but it is not our hope of the future. America is our Zion. In 1904, The American Israelite magazine, edited by Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, the leader of American Reform Judaism in the 19th century, noted: There is not one solitary native Jewish-American who is an advocate of Zionism (here).

Alan Hart, veteran British war reporter and author claims that Zionism is a curse for Jews.


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