Zionism and Antisemitism: Allies or Enemies?


The architects of Zionism expected their movement to eliminate antisemitism, yet today the opposite has occurred. Data shows that Zionism increases antisemitism all over the world. In this lecture, presented on 4:00 PM on Monday, March 25, 2019 at the International Law Institute in Washington, D.C., Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro explained how the state of Israel acts in ways that endanger world Jewry and the reasons it does so. Topics included how to prevent opposition to Zionism from being perceived as antisemitic, and what can be done to reduce antisemitism caused by Zionism and the state of Israel. Rabbi Shapiro is Emeritus Rabbi, Bais Medrash of Bayswater, Queens, New York. He has attained an enviable place in the arena of anti-Zionist public intellectuals, having constructed a unique oeuvre on the ideology of Zionism and its hostile relationship to traditional Jewish values. The rabbi abandoned formal schooling after graduating high school at age 16 in order to pursue a program of spiritual and rabbinic studies. At age 19 he published his first work, a compendium of original expositions on Talmudic law, written in rabbinical Hebrew-Aramaic. He has recently attained international renown with his videos on Zionism, which have been seen by millions of viewers worldwide and translated into seven foreign languages. His 7-minute video on President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has been viewed more than 1.8 million times. He most recent work is his 1400-page treatise, The Empty Wagon: Zionism’s Journey from Identity Crisis to Identity Theft, a comprehensive historical and ideological explanation of the incompatibility of Judaism and Zionism.