Does Anti-Zionism equate to Anti-Semitism
By Dark Politricks
With another round of attacks on civilians by the Israeli Defence Forces in Gaza - Operation Pillar of Defense. I thought it was apt to re-print this article that I originally wrote back when Operation Cast Lead had just finished. This was the last major round of fighting between the fourth most powerfully equipped army in the world and a bunch of cornered in civilians with nothing to fight back with but stones and firework rockets.
These are rockets that get shot down almost as soon as they are launched and the house they are launched from immediately blown to bits by an Israeli drone or aircraft along with any children or women inside. People who may not have even wanted the rockets fired from their in the first place but had little choice in the matter.
It is not as if Hamas or the Al-Quds Brigade are going to stand in the open and wave a flag saying here I am shoot me now – not when Israel itself fires missiles from within Tel-Aviv a large city and comparable with what Hamas is doing from Gaza City.
However this article is not about the terrible war we are now witnessing (again) but whether we can de-link the name calling of the Israeli Hasbara brigade who label anyone who criticises Israeli actions as anti-semitic. Is it really fair to link criticism of a major military power bombarding women and children with a dislike of a whole religion?
Apparently since 9/11 and then again since Operation Cast Lead attacks classified as being anti-Semitic in the UK have doubled.
These attacks range from verbal and physical abuse, cemetery desecration and the burning down of synagogues. All of this is a shocking indictment of peoples behaviour in the modern world and I am against any form of abuse of a group of people for whatever reason.
However the term “Anti-Semitic” and the claim of being one is used too frequently when its not deserved, especially against those people who speak about Israels foreign policy in a negative light.
Even Jewish people themselves are regularly called anti-Semitic or a self hating Jew if they speak out against Israel. This cannot be right as no country should have its actions shielded from inspection and discussion by unfounded claims of racism.
Definition of Anti-Semitism
Anti-Semitism is a term used to describe prejudice against or hostility towards Jews, often rooted in hatred of their religious/cultural/ethnic background.
Another way of inducing claims of being Anti-Semitic is by discussing Zionism in negative terms. For those people that don’t know the difference Zionism is defined as this:
Zionism is the international Jewish political movement that originally supported the reestablishment of a homeland for the Jewish People in Palestine. The area was the Jewish Biblical homeland, called the Land of Israel (Hebrew: Eretz Yisra’el).
- Zionism is an ideology and a political movement.
- Israel is a country,
- and a Jew is someone who follows the Torah.
They are three separate entities and one can be a Jew who does not believe in Zionism or agree with Israels foreign policy.
You can also live in Israel and not be Jewish or you may be a Zionist, as many US Christian politicians claim to be, without being a Jew.
Therefore the three terms are not and should not be interchangeable and accusing opponents of Zionism of anti-semitism is a misnomer.
There are a lot of Jews who do not believe in Zionism mainly because it goes against the true teaching of the Torah and many believe the ideology of Zionism has tried to turn “being Jewish” from one who follows the religion of Judaism, one which anybody can convert to, into a nation or race and one that deserved a homeland.
The Jewish Diaspora believed that they had been expelled from the Holy land for disregarding God’s will and that they would only ever return there when God had forgiven them and that their return would be mandated by God’s will alone and without the aid of man.
Therefore Zionism was a political movement that tried to fulfil this ancient prophecy by their own means, a self-fulfilling prophecy so to speak and one which went against God’s wish.
The great rabbis of the era were very concerned about the rise of Zionism and saw it as a threat to humanity non Jews and Jews alike due to its flagrant disregard to the true teachings of Judaism and disregard to the spiritual leaders of the religion.
Grand Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum, did not mince any words. Straight to the point he called Zionism “the work of Satan“, “a sacrilege” and “a blasphemy“. He forbade any participation with anything even remotely associated with Zionism and said that Zionism was bound to call the wrath of God upon His people.
Zionism really came to prominence during the first part of the 20th century with the Balfour declaration of 1917 being the start to mass immigration into Palestine and an act which many claim was a sign of treachery by German Jews. This was because it signified a payment by the British, who controlled Palestine at the time, to the Jews in return for them using their significant influence in American politics to bring the USA into World War I on their side and defeat the Germans.
This was something which probably contributed to Hitlers hatred of the Jews which festered until his rise to power when once again Zionism played a prominent role in the Jewish peoples fate, one which enabled Zionism to claim their prize of a homeland.
During the Second world war the Germans made numerous offers to the west which would have allowed many Jewish people safe passage out of occupied lands. However the Zionists who now had a strong foothold in Palestine and claimed authority over the Jewish people denied these requests because Palestine was ruled out as a destination.
Even when it was known that the Eastern European Jews were dying in their thousands at the hands of the Nazis the Zionists saw their political goal of a Jewish nation in Palestine as more important than the lives of their fellow man.
“when they asked me, “couldn’t you give money out of the United Jewish Appeal funds for the rescue of Jews in Europe”, I said NO! and I say again, NO!…one should resist this wave which pushes the Zionist activities to secondary importance.” – Yitzhak Greenbaum
“The most valuable part of the Jewish nation is already in Palestine, and those Jews living outside Palestine are not too important” – Chaim Weizman
“One cow in Palestine is worth more than all the Jews in Europe” – Yitzhak Greenbaum
Therefore many Jewish people needlessly died due to the political desires of Zionism during this period and it seems to have paid off after the war, with a little help from Zionist terrorist gangs such as Haganah, the Irgun Zvai Leumi and the Stern Gang who killed many British soldiers and Palestinians in their drive for a Jewish state.
Is it hypocritical for Israel to denounce current Palestinian organisations such as Hamas as terrorists who should not be negotiated with when their own existence as a nation results from terrorist actions against the British and Palestinians? If logic were to decide then the answer would be yes.
In fact numerous Israeli prime ministers have their roots in these terrorist organisations including Menachim Begin who tool part in the King David Hotel bombing which killed 91 people.
Then we have Yitzhak Shamir, who was a leader of the Stern Gang, a terrorist group which was responsible for a string of political assassinations.
We also have a more recent example in Ariel Sharon who initiated the Sabra-Shatila massacre in which between 1000 and 3000 people people were killed.
Therefore claims of moral superiority cannot be made by the supporters of Israel as its very clear that we are dealing with a world full of moral relativism.
For some reason Israel seems to be able to conduct a policy of assassination of its enemies, shoot photographers and peace protesters and kill children and teenagers who can do nothing but throw stones at tanks who regularly bulldoze Palestinian houses without fear of international sanction and they seem to be right as they get away with it all the time. However they then try to claim the moral high ground when condemning the attacks carried out against them by Hamas or Hezbollah.
Yes the suicide bombings are awful and yes firing rockets indiscriminately into Israeli towns is not an action that can be condoned. However they are the acts of a tortured people thrashing out anyway they can in a David and Goliath story where they are the David and Israel is now Goliath. It takes a twisted sort of logic to not come to the conclusion that the terrorist attacks on the Israeli people are not linked to the treatment of the Palestinian people.
A recent example of this double standards is how Israel and the USA has re-acted to the recent UN report on the war crimes committed by both sides during the recent Gaza conflict. We know Hamas hides within the civilian population and indiscriminately fires rockets into Israeli towns. However Israel also used chemical weapons e.g firing air burst white phosphorus shells on civilian populations including a UN compound. The large majority of victims in the Gaza conflict were women and children including 437 children under the age of 16.
The Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced the UN report as a Kangaroo court and the US congress who could never be said to be in the pocket of Israel and its powerful AIPAC lobby recently voted down the UN report by a majority of 344 to 36.
Who were these courageous congressmen that voted with their conscience without fear of being labelled an anti-Semite?
Well two of them were Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul who both vote consistently without fear or favour. However for voting for the UN report Dennis was rewarded by being kicked off a Florida fund-raiser he was supposed to be headlining after the AIPAC lobby protested against his voting record.
Therefore it seems that Israel will most likely ignore the wishes of the international community just like it has done on the numerous other occasions that the UN has passed resolutions against it.
We must also remember that the UN actually passed a resolution in 1975 that equated Zionism with Racism. This was also denounced by the Israeli prime minister at his recent speech in the UN and it seems that Israel only respects the wishes of the international community when it suits them and decries as anti-semitism anything that tries to hold their illegal actions to account.
I will most likely be labelled unfairly as being an Anti-Semite just for posting this article but hopefully those of you that have the ability to think for themselves with see that logically there is no way to equate Zionism with Judaism and to criticise Zionism or the actions of the Israeli state is in no way an attack on the Jewish religion.
I personally believe that all religion is hocus pocus and that the world will be a better off place without it.
Hopefully the rest of the world will catch up with this form of thinking as soon as possible as I think the only way that the Israelis and the Palestinians can live together peacefully is if religion was taken out the equation and a secular nation state comprising of Palestine and Israel is created where peoples of all faith, colours and creed can live together in a democratic state.
Please take part in my poll and let me know what you think. Does anti-zionsim equate to being anti-semitic?