Having covered the Jewish God and Jewish law, we are now on to Jewish nationalism. Zionism has long been the target of the current generation of anti-Semites (and anti-Zionists) so it is now the "cause" that overshadows the rest in the 21st century. I know that I have already discussed many of the myths and misinformation surrounding Zionism, and I don't want to repeat myself too much.
According to Prager and Telushkin, part of the problem that outsiders have with Zionism is that one usually associated national groups with land and a state. Jews do have their connection to the land of Israel but it is one that is not immediately apparent to outsiders. So of course the anti-Zionists do their best to undermine the Jewish connection to the land to attack Israel's legitimacy. We also see this when people deny the Jews their nationhood by claiming that "Jews are a religion." Apparently they are not familiar with the right of self-determination; it isn't up to the HPers to decide what the Jews are. If the Jews declare they are a nation, they are. No one challenges the Palestinian right of self-determination, it should be the same with the Jews.
But the truth is that the nationalism of Judaism is irreversibly tied to the Jewish people, and as much as it might be confusing to others, it remains. There was an attempt to destroy the nationalism of the Jews, but that's a story for another time (I promise). In the modern era people have followed the creed of, "Everything should be granted to the Jews as individuals, but nothing should be granted to them as a nation." We certainly see that among the one-staters: Jews should live in peace and freedom (as much as they can guarantee it) but should not be allowed to live in a truly Jewish state. To refuse to give the Jewish nation the same rights that is freely granted to other nations, including the Arab nations, is a form of anti-Semitism. It may not be such a blatant, in-your-face form of anti-Semitism, but it is anti-Semitism none the less. Prager and Telushkin have a great paragraph. Here it is:
"But the major difference between antisemites throughout Jewish history and today's anti-Zionists is only which component of Judaism each has found most intolerable. For example, medieval Christian antisemites found the Jews' religious beliefs intolerable, and today's anti-Zionists loath the Jews' national commitment."Even among those anti-Zionists who are not anti-Semites we still see a desire to destroy Israel and end the Jews' national dream. They often claim they have good reasons: Israel is built on stolen land, a Jewish state will be racist by it's very design, and so forth. Of course these arguments all fail in the end, because those who are objective know that the Jewish desire to have a state of their own is not any different from the Arab, English or French desire to have a state of their own. It just took a little longer for the Jews to get there. And for that the anti-Zionists seek to deny the Jews (and only the Jews) their rights of self-determination and statehood by any means necessary. If that is not anti-Semitism, intentional or otherwise, I don't know what is.