Anti-Zionism is Not Antisemitism. Permanent Ceasefire Now!
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Anti-Zionism is Not Antisemitism. Permanent Ceasefire Now!

To: Gov. Polis, Sen. Kolker, Rep. Lieder

From: A verified voter in Littleton, CO

June 1

I am reaching out to you not only as a proud member of our larger community, but also as an individual who values open dialogue and understanding diverse perspectives. I believe it is crucial to recognize that Zionism and Judaism are distinct concepts. Anti-Zionism, at its core, is a political and ethical stance questioning the legitimacy of the state of Israel or specific policies enacted by its government. We must acknowledge that diverse opinions exist within Jewish communities regarding the Israeli state. However, it is crucial to emphasize that anti-Zionism should not be equated with anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism is an abhorrent form of discrimination targeting Jewish people based on their religion or ethnicity. As a society that values equality and fairness, we must differentiate between political opinions and discriminatory ideologies. It is imperative for us to recognize that conflating anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism not only oversimplifies complex issues but also diverts attention from the ongoing critical humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza. Thus, while we debate semantics, we neglect the grave plight of the Palestinian people who are currently enduring an unprecedented level of violence and displacement. It is essential for our community to engage in conversations that address the root causes of conflicts, fostering a more nuanced understanding that acknowledges the human rights of all individuals involved. Only through a comprehensive and empathic approach can we contribute meaningfully to resolving longstanding issues and work towards a more just and peaceful coexistence in the region. I envision us working together to build a city, a world, that embraces inclusivity, tolerance, and the rich tapestry of opinions that contribute to our shared experience. That said, in order for us to begin to build such a space, we need to unite and call for an immediate and permanent ceasefire, unhindered passage of humanitarian aid, and a release of all hostages and political prisoners held on both sides. I look forward to your immediate and decisive action on this matter to publicly advocate for peace through justice and nonviolence.

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