August 22, 2005

Martin Luther King on Zionism

"... You declare, my friend; that you do not hate the Jews, you are merely 'anti-Zionist'. And I say, let the truth ring forth from the high mountain tops, let it echo through the valleys of G-d's green earth: When people criticize Zionism, they mean Jews -- this is G-d's own truth."

"Anti-Semitism, the hatred of the Jewish people, has been and remains a blot on the soul of mankind. In this we are in full agreement. So know also this: anti-Zionist is inherently anti-Semitic, and ever will be so."

"Why is this? You know that Zionism is nothing less than the dream and ideal of the Jewish people returning to live in their own land. The Jewish people, the Scriptures tell us, once enjoyed a flourishing Commonwealth in the Holy Land. From this they were expelled by the Roman tyrant, the same Romans who cruelly murdered our L-rd. Driven from their homeland, their nation in ashes, forced to wander the globe, the Jewish people time and again suffered the lash of whichever tyrant happened to rule over them."

"The Negro people, my friend, know what it is to suffer the torment of tyranny under rulers not of our choosing. Our brothers in Africa have begged, pleaded, requested -- DEMANDED -- the recognition and realization of our inborn right to live in peace under our own sovereignty in our own country."

"How easy it should be, for anyone who holds dear this inalienable right of all mankind, to understand and support the right of the Jewish People to live in their ancient Land of Israel. All men of good will exult in the fulfillment of G-d's promise, that His people should return in joy to rebuild their plundered land. This is Zionism, nothing more, nothing less."

"And what is anti-Zionist? It is the denial to the Jewish people of a fundamental right that we justly claim for the people of Africa and freely accord all other nations of the Globe. It is discrimination against Jews, my friend, because they are Jews. In short, it is anti-Semitism."

"The anti-Semite rejoices at any opportunity to vent his malice. The times have made it unpopular, in the West, to proclaim openly a hatred of the Jews. This being the case, the anti-Semite must constantly seek new forms and forums for his poison. How he must revel in the new masquerade! He does not hate the Jews, he is just 'anti-Zionist'!"

"My friend, I do not accuse you of deliberate anti-Semitism. I know you feel, as I do, a deep love of truth and justice and revulsion for racism, prejudice, and discrimination. But I know you have been misled -- as others have been -- into thinking you can be 'anti-Zionist' and yet remain true to those heartfelt principles that you and I share. Let my words echo in the depths of your soul: When people criticize Zionism, they mean Jews -- make no mistake about it."

From M.L. King Jr., "Letter to an Anti-Zionist Friend," Saturday Review XLVII (August 1967), pg. 76 Reprinted in M.L. King Jr., "This I Believe: Selections from the Writings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."

2 comments:

jamal said...

No. Im of the opinion that anti-zionism is much different from anti-semitism. The Zionist original became disgruntled to some extent at the amount of jews flocking to Israel, but it is convinient for you to now similarise the two.

Anti-Zionism is against those who promote land theft and oppression of the people of Palastine. The reports of a "Holy Land" for Jews are unfounded. as God already took it away from them... did he not?

Now man (Zionists) want it back, and will do what they can to maintain it. This includes the former and current terrorist Arial Sharon who has recently giving back Gaza in a strategy to hold on to the rest

DAWID said...

DR.MARTIN LUTHER KING(HYD)WAS A MAN OF GOD,HE WAS A FIRM BIBLE BELIEVER, NO WONDER HE EXPRESSED HIS SUPPORT FOR THE JEWISH PEOPLE TO RETURN TO THEIR SPIRITUAL HOMELAND,ERETZ YISRAEL LE AM YISRAEL(THE LAND OF ISRAEL BHELONGS TO THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL).