When used in the West, anti-Semitism means severe prejudice, hatred and even violence against Jews as a people as well as Judaism, which is a cultural and religious heritage shared by Jews for some 3,000 years. Anti-Zionism means to be opposed to Zionism, which is a quest for an ethnically pure geo-political state where only Jews can live, vote, participate and receive the benefits of that society. Zionism was advanced by Theodor Herzl and others a little more than 100 years ago.
In today's form, Zionism is about power and forcefully confining or expelling non-Jews from a particular piece of real estate that Zionists feel belongs to Jews only.
One fact may help clarify the distinction between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. Not all Jews are Zionists; in other words, some Jews are anti-Zionists. Note that this does not make them anti-Semitic.
Steeped in their own rich tradition of justice and righteousness, some Jews are vehemently opposed to the occupation and the human suffering brought upon millions of Palestinians by the Zionist quest for an ethnically pure state.
Unfortunately, Zionists have blurred the distinction between themselves and Jews as they have also blurred the distinction between themselves and Judaism so that one cannot critique the excesses of Zionist power and politic without being labeled anti-Semitic.
REV. TODD M. DAVIS