Black Lives Matter, Anti-Zionism, and Anti-Semitism

One alarming trend this past year is the rise of anti-semitism in The United States and globally. This past week, President Emmanuel Macron of France acknowledged the rise of anti-semitism and went a step further by connecting the tide of anti-zionist expressions to anti-semitism. Many on the left wing try to distinguish between anti-zionism, which they see as a protest against the policies of the Israeli Government, and anti-semitism, which is an expression of hatred towards Jews.

This is where it is helpful to conduct a “template test.” Take the logic used by the left in defending anti-zionism and apply to to another group. For example, there are many instances where those disagreeing with the left-wing politics and policy of the Black Lives Matter movement have been shouted down as racist.

Here is one example from the BLM Guiding Principles that I would vehemently disagree with from a Christian perspective:

[Black Villages] We are committed to disrupting the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, and especially “our” children to the degree that mothers, parents and children are comfortable.

A Christian sees the family as a biblical foundation of a godly home. The BLM view of the family is clearly rooted in Marxist ideology that is anti-family, pro-village or collective.

Using the logic expressed above concerning anti-zionism, it should be possible to openly and aggressively disagree with the policy and politics of Black Lives Matter as an organization without espousing any hatred towards African Americans or harboring racist beliefs. Yet, if I openly disagree with the BLM Guiding Principle concerning families, there are those who will refuse to debate the issue and instead shout me down as a racist. (Labeling your opponent as a racist or some other socially unacceptable term is another tactic right out of today’s Marxist/Progressive playbook.)

Clearly, if the left is going to defend anti-zionism as a political movement and separate it from anti-semitism as a racial hatred (which I can agree to in theory), then the same argument should be applied to those who protest and express opposition to the policies of Black Lives Matter.

Below is a summary of news articles describing the public debate concerning Anti-Zionism and Anti-Semitism.

Macron Denounces Anti-Zionism as ‘Reinvented Form of Anti-Semitism’ Denounces Anti-Zionism as ‘Reinvented Form of Anti-Semitism’Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and President Emmanuel Macron of France at a ceremony in Paris on Sunday observing the 75th anniversary of a roundup of 13,000 French Jews. Credit Pool photo by Kamil Zihnioglu. Read More…


Truth from France on anti-Zionism as anti-Semitism“We cannot build pride upon a lie,” was uttered by French President Emmanuel Macron at a ceremony on July 16, 2017, commemorating the 75th anniversary of one of the darkest days in French history under the wartime Vichy regime. Read More…


For France’s Macron, anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism ‘reinvented’ – FRANCE 24 France’s Macron, anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism ‘reinvented’In associating anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism at a memorial ceremony for Jews arrested and deported during World War II, the French president will have delighted his guest, Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu. Read More…

On Senate Floor, Schumer Condemns Anti-Zionism as Anti-Semitism Senate Floor speech, Senator Chuck Schumer applauds French President Macron for comments over the weekend: “We will yield nothing to Read More…


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