Annie Robbins, you write: “we’ve had arguments here in the comments where people insist zionism and judaism are inherently linked. it’s my belief that this is, at it’s essence, and anti semitic position. but non the less, many religious jews believe it.”
Thank you. I agree completely. This is why I believe Zionism is itself anti-Semitic, because it hijacks Jewish tradition and collectively holds all Jews responsible for the State of Israel. In fact, the language early Zionists used was “Negating the Diaspora,” meaning that their goal was to erase Diaspora Jewish culture and identity and replace it with a new militaristic, nationalist Zionist identity.
The reason Mooser’s statement “devout Jews don’t lie,” is so problematic for me is because no one is disputing that devout Zionist Jews actually believe — in their own minds — that Judaism and Zionism are linked. Of course they believe that. The problem is, why should we assume that devout religious Zionists have a more legitimate, authentic claim to the true essence of Judaism than anyone else does? There is no one single, monolithic interpretation of Judaism that applies to every single Jew. Religious Zionism is just that: one single interpretation of Judaism that is highly contested and not agreed with by many other Jews. I find it offensive that the many religious and secular anti-Zionist Jews are shut out of this conversation, and told that Judaism is inherently colonialist because our interpretation of it is less authentic than Zionist Jews.
That is why Mooser, despite being an anti-Zionist, is actually reproducing Zionist hegemony and devaluing dissenting anti-Zionist Jews. Whether he intends this or not. Zionism is hegemonic, but this hegemony must be disputed and challenged. Reinforcing Zionist hegemony is part of the problem.
There has always been Jewish opposition to Zionism: secular, religious, Reform, Orthodox, Yiddish, American, internationalist, etc. Why should the views of religious Jews who are not Zionists be erased, because religious Zionists apparently hold the authentic truth of the meaning of Judaism that we don’t?