Stand up for Wonder Woman! And Use the term Zionist Correctly!

WONDER WOMAN’S GAL GADOT as well as MAYIM BIALIK are getting anti-semitic tweets and comments because they support Israel as a Jewish Homeland; Gadot, an Israeli, gets abuse because she served in the Israel Defense Forces as a combat trainer. The dictionary defines Zionism as “a movement for (originally) the re-establishment and (now) the development and protection of a Jewish nation in what is now Israel.” Zionism should be kept in context with the natural and rightful determination of Jewish people to *remember the Holocaust*. The Jewish homeland, Israel, is a place that militates, literally, against a new Holocaust. This doesn’t mean that Israel doesn’t currently have bad leadership, that it doesn’t harbor some prejudicial people–some of the settlers in disputed territories and the ultra-Orthodox for example are excessive, perhaps racist, and disrespectful of human rights. So is the current Israeli Prime Minister. So challenge those people. Do you dispute America’s right to exist, to be defended, just because we happen to have an idiot for a President right now? No. Extend the same courtesy to Israel.

I believe there should be a freeze on territorial expansion of Israel, and a broad recognition of Palestine as a nation. But Israelis being slow to get to that point does not mean they are wrong to serve in the IDF; it does not mean they’re wrong to want to protect Israel. Same goes for American Jews who are pro-Israel–if they’re Zionist, it’s in the original meaning of the word, not in some code usage spread by anti-semites and intolerant people on the left who have unreasonably equated the concept of Zionism with the right-wing.

Mayim Bialik is too intelligent to be prejudiced against Arabic peoples. “Zionism is the belief in the right of the Jewish people to have an autonomous state in Israel,” Bialik — a star in the CBS comedy series “The Big Bang Theory” and a distant relative of the late famous Hebrew poet Hayim Nahman Bialik — wrote on her GrokNation website. “I am a Zionist. Feminism is the belief that a woman-driven movement can bring about race, class and gender equality and that women deserve all of the rights and privileges afforded to men. I am a feminist.”

We need to stand up to those who blurt anti-semitism in social media and elsewhere. I stand with Mayim–and with Wonder Woman!

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