MLK(alleged): “When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews. You’re talking anti-Semitism!”
POD: Semite n. member of the peoples said to be descended from Shem (Gen. 10), including esp. the Jews and Arabs. [Greek Sem Shem]
POD: anti-Semite n. person who is prejudiced against Jews. anti-Semitic adj. anti-Semitism n.
Me, 1: Note, “descended from” = genetic = race (POD: connected by common descent.) Then, “anti-Semite” is misleading, since Semites = Jews AND Arabs (but Jews claim to ‘own’ anti-Semitism, using it primarily as a scurrilous slur against opponents). Further, anti-Semitism is a form of racism. (See (2) next:)
POD: racism n. 1 belief in the superiority of a particular race; prejudice based on this. 2 antagonism towards other races. racist n. & adj.
POD: Zionism n. movement for the re-establishment and development of a Jewish nation in what is now Israel. Zionist n. & adj.
Me, 2: Contentious here is “re-” – my research (mostly wiki) returns: 80% of ‘modern’ Jews are descended from Ashkenazim, who a) trace their origin via ‘certain areas in Germany,’ (i.e. “three cities along the Rhine: Speyer, Worms and Mainz,” say) who b) ~1000 years ago constituted only ~3% of all Jews, and c) on top of that, ~50% of modern Jews are or are descended from converts, so any allegation of ‘racism’ towards Jews should be ‘possibly ~50% racist.’ But that’s not all; let’s say a) ~50% of Jews live in Israel, now b) IF any ‘original’ Jews had some claim on Palestine (hence the claimed “re-“), THEN the descendants of ½ of ½ of the ~3% = 0.75% of originally wandered-away Jews (plus ‘converted’ fellow-travellers) are now evicting (=ethnically cleansing by genocidal methods) approaching ~100% of the Palestinian natives, themselves descended ~100% from natives who stayed put – all the while claiming “G*d promised it to us!” Haw. So much for “re-“.
Me, 3: “When people criticize Zionists, they …” are (IMHO mostly) criticizing *what Zionists do*, which is murder for spoil, here soil (then lying about it).
Paraphrased: It’s not directed at *whom* so much, as what they *do*.
i.e., It’s not anti-people so much, as anti-supreme international crime.
Since ‘they’ are ½ of all Jews, but ½ of those are converts = only a ¼ may be of some race, possibly ‘Semites;’ IF it was criticism of ‘them’ THEN it could possibly be maximum ¼-racist, but it’s actually the Zionist *crimes* that count (and do the damage).
Ergo: Criticising Zionist crimes is *not* anti-Semitism; IF MLK said so, THEN MLK was wrong.
1. “Although in the 11th century, they composed only three percent of the world’s Jewish population, at their peak in 1931, Ashkenazi Jews accounted for 92 percent of the world’s Jews. Today they make up approximately 80 percent of Jews worldwide.”
2. “The widespread popular belief that there was a sudden expulsion of Jews from Palestine in 70 CE that led to the creation of the Diaspora is not correct, and scholars argue that modern Jewish ancestry owes about as much to converts from the first millennium to the beginning of the Middle Ages as it does to the Jews of antiquity.”