Friday, April 1, 2016

Holocaust and Anti-Zionism vs Anti-Semitism

Holocaust was a genocide in which about 6 million Jews were killed by Nazis led by Hitler.
Reasons for Holocaust :-
1. Racist attitude of Nazis :- The Nazis believed that their Aryan Race (Europeans who were not Jewish, Romany or Slavic) was superior to others.
2. Stab-in-the-back theory :- It was believed that the Jews had sabotaged the war effort which led to the defeat of Germany in WW1.
3. Centuries of Anti-Semitism :- The Jews had been persecuted for a long time. Centuries of hatred for Jews made it easy it carry out their killing as people turned a blind eye towards their plight.
4. A scapegoat :- The humiliation of Germany in Treaty of Versailles and later its economic slowdown and hyperinflation had to blamed to someone. Thus the Jews were used as a scapegoat.
Anti-Zionism vs Anti-Semitism
1. Anti-Zionism is opposing Zionism which is a nationalism of Jews that supports a Jewish nation state to be established in Israel. However Anti-Semitism is a prejudiced hatred against Jews just because they are Jews.
2. A person can be anti-Zionist without being an anti-Semite in the sense that s/he can oppose the creation of Israel without having to hate Jews.
3. A person can be anti-Semitic without having to be anti-Zionist in the sense that s/he can support the creation of Israel to deport Jews there as s/he hates them.

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