The notion that one can despise Israel without despising Jews is ridiculous. Can you imagine anyone saying, "Sure, I despise Italy, but I love Italians." Everyone would immediately acknowledge the deceit in such a claim.
Not so with Israel, apparently. One can absolutely loathe the lone, sole Jewish state -- the national homeland of the Jewish people -- and, yet, still claim with a straight face to be merely "anti-Zionst," not anti-Jewish.
What progressive-left antisemitic anti-Zionists claim is that they do not dislike Jews, but merely the racist, colonialist, imperialist, militaristic, apartheid state of Israel. What gives away the deception, naturally, is that it is only Israel that is despised by western-progressives throughout the Middle East.
Democrats and "progressives" never call for a boycott of Iran or Saudi Arabia or Syria or Libya, despite its slave trade in black Africans. Israel, in fact, is a human rights shangri-la compared to its neighbors throughout the region. Arab citizens of Israel have greater civil liberties, human freedom, and access to both education and healthcare than they do anywhere else in the region.
Yet, in the article below we read from WCBS:
"In next year's municipal elections, 35 of 51 seats in the New York City Council are “up for grabs,” but if a person vying for a seat wants the support of prominent Democratic Socialists, such as Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, he or she must pledge, if elected, not to travel to Israel."
Furthermore, the Democratic Socialists support the movement to Boycott, Sanction, and Divest (BDS) from the Jewish state. The purpose of BDS is not to reform Israeli politics. It's purpose is the elimination of Israel as the national home of the Jewish people and has been acknowledged as such by its leadership. BDS founder, Omar Barghouti, said:
“Definitely, most definitely, we oppose a Jewish state in any part of Palestine. No Palestinian, rational Palestinian, not a sell-out Palestinian, would ever accept a Jewish state in Palestine.”
When people try to tell me that the Democratic Socialists are not racist, I can never be quite sure if they are lying to me or to themselves.