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Israel's Settler Right Should Be Called Religious anti-Zionists

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17.01.2020

The novelist Haim Be’er was wrong to call religious Zionism a “cancerous growth.” It isn’t right to pin an image of disease on a large swath of the population, whether they’re Sudanese or leftist or even religious. It’s also wrong to generalize in this way. Not all knitted kippa wearers live in settlements, vote for right-wing parties and thereby threaten Israel’s future.

But Be’er was wrong even before that in choosing his words. We must stop using the term “religious Zionism” in reference to the population that does fall within those parameters. This is a false description, which we all recite in our stupidity. All the kippa wearers who belong to the settler right, whether they live in Elkana or Ra’anana, should be called religious anti-Zionists.

The essence of Zionism was to ensure a national home for Jews in recognized, secure borders, as part of a democratic state with a Jewish majority, in which all citizens enjoy full equality. The occupation and settlements project has been torpedoing this purpose for 52 years and the spreading annexation ideas will thwart it forever. All those people may be religious, but........

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