Munk Debate on Anti-Zionism

On Monday June 17th we will convene at Roy Thomson Hall for our not-to-be-missed spring 2024 debate.

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Motion: Be it Resolved, anti-Zionism is antisemitism

Hate crimes against Jews are surging globally as the war in Gaza continues into its seventh month. This reality has brought new urgency to a decades-old debate about whether anti-Zionism – the rejection of statehood for the Jewish people in their ancestral homeland – is being used as a cover for antisemitism or hatred against Jews as a people. Critics of Zionism argue that it is a supremacist and exclusionary ideology that unjustly privileges the lives and rights of Jews over non-Jewish inhabitants of Israel. The charge that anti-Zionism is antisemitism is a smokescreen to cloak Israel from much needed international scrutiny and hold it to account for its actions. Nonsense, say Zionists. A key feature of antisemitism is applying one standard for Jews, and another for everyone else. Zionism is nothing more than the right of the Jewish people to self-determination in their historic lands. This is the same right that has been claimed by countless other nations and groups for centuries. Those who say that the Jewish state alone is illegitimate are not simply anti-Zionist but antisemitic and bear responsibility for rising hate crimes against Jews worldwide

The Debaters

Arguing for the resolution is award winning journalist, best-selling author, and former Munk Debater Douglas Murray. His debate partner will be Natasha Hausdorff, an international law expert and legal commentator on antisemitism.

Opposing the resolution is Mehdi Hasan. Mehdi is a best-selling author, former MSNBC anchor, and the CEO and editor-in-chief of the new media company Zeteo. He will be joined by the award winning Israeli broadcaster and Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy.

Ticketing Details

Monday June 17, 2024
7:00PM to 9:00 ET
Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto

Tickets will go on sale via the Roy Thomson Hall Box office at noon on Wednesday, May 8. Munk Curators and Supporters have first access to priority seating at Roy Thomson Hall before free members and the general public. Donors and free members will be able to purchase tickets starting Tuesday, May 14 at noon. If you are not a Munk Curator or Supporter click here to join.

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“If you are zoning in on Israel and not bothered by everything else in the world, you’re not motivated by anything other than being antisemitic”
– DOUGLAS MURRAY

“What does it mean to say to the Palestinian people that you’re either a Zionist, you either subscribe to the ideology of your oppressor, or you’re a racist?”
– MEHDI HASAN

“There is no difference between anti-Zionism and antisemitism and there must be a zero tolerance for this phenomenon.”
– NATASHA HAUSDORFF

“Zionism is an ideology. It is not a religion and it is not immoral to stand against it.”
– GIDEON LEVY