Pro-Zionism: Defending The Indefensible
By Stephen Lendman
30 March, 2009
This article responds to a March 15
Some of its honorary board member belie this purpose:
-- former president Bill Clinton, an unindicted war criminal and backer of neoliberal plunder;
-- Elie Wiesel, a shameless self-promoter, "Holocaust" exploiter, and apologist for the most outrageous Israeli crimes;
-- Jordan's Queen Noor, wife of King Abdullah II, who, like his father Hussein, rules with dictatorial police state powers; and
-- Christiane Amanpour and Ted Koppel, two notables in the corporate media who never let facts conflict with their views and support for the powerful.
In his book "Overcoming Zionism," Joel Kovel
explained how it fosters "imperialist expansion and militarism (with)
signs of the fascist malignancy;" that it turned Israel "into a
machine for the manufacture of human rights abuses" led by terrorists
posing as democrats. Kovel's book and his work got him fired from the
Kovel expressed outrage that institutions like Bard aren't
bothered; that they grant
He equates legitimate Israeli criticism and anti-Zionism with
-- that ancient Romans expelled them;
-- their exodus from
-- enslaved, oppressed, and tormented for centuries; and
-- the myth that God bestowed a "Greater Israel" for Jews alone - "A land without people for a people without land."
According to Israeli journalist Tom Segev and others:
-- there never was a Jewish people, just a Jewish religion;
-- there was no exile, therefore no return, and much of the Jewish Diaspora was voluntary; and
-- the story was a Zionist invention, a conspiracy to justify a future Jewish state, and now vilify Palestinian self-determination as a plot to destroy it.
With regard to other "bonded collectives,"
"Are Jews a nation," asks
-- the Exodus and return to the "promised land before they
received the Torah at
-- "the unshaken conviction in their eventual repatriation to (their) birthplace (since) the Roman expulsion;" and
-- their "shared history, not religion (as) the primary
uniting force behind the secular, multiethnic society of
The "Jewish identity today feed(s) on Jewish history (more precisely folklore and myths) and its natural derivatives -
-- the state of
-- "its struggle for survival" in spite of being the world's fourth most powerful military, nuclear-armed; with no enemies except the ones it makes; and having a history of aggressive wars; violence over conciliation; confrontation, not diplomacy; and claiming self-defense as justification when there is none;
-- "its cultural and scientific achievements," much of the latter involving militarism and hard line security; and
-- "its relentless drive for peace."
It took 18,000 lives and left
He adds that "anti-Zionist rhetoric (shows) academic sophistication
and social acceptance in certain extreme yet vocal circles. (It's also) a stab
in the back to the Israeli peace camp (and) gives credence (to) the hidden
agenda of every Palestinian (for) the eventual elimination of
Now some facts misrepresented, distorted, or unstated by
-- There never was nor is there now an "Israeli peace camp," as explained above.
-- Palestinians and other Arabs don't target
-- Anti-Zionists, like this writer, have no plan or desire to
-- Zionist ideology is extremist, undemocratic, and hateful. It
claims Jewish supremacy, specialness, and uniqueness - God's "chosen
people." It harms Jews and non-Jews alike. Former Israeli scholar, critic,
and life-long human rights activist, Israel Shahak (1933 - 2001), explained the
dangers of Jewish chauvinism, religious fanaticism, and its influence on
He called the notion of self-hating Jews "nonsensical" and explained the definition of a Jew:
...."if either their mother, grandmother, great-grandmother (or) great-great-grandmother were Jewesses by religion; or if the person (converted) to Judaism in a way satisfactory to the Israeli authorities, and on condition that the person has not converted from Judaism to another religion." According to the Talmud and post-Talmudic rabbinic law, "conversion (must be) performed by authorized rabbis in a proper manner." For females, it entails an outlandish ritual - "their inspection by three rabbis while naked in a 'bath of purification' " to confirm it.
Shahak wrote extensively on how Israel discriminates in favor of Jews in most every aspect of life, including the three he called most important - "residency rights, the right to work (and to have) equality before the law."
Zionist ideology demeans non-Jews and denies them equal rights
Shahak stated: "The obvious intention of such
discriminatory measures is to decrease the number of non-Jewish citizens of
This is the Zionist message and why growing numbers of Jews and
many others oppose it. Supporting Zionism is repugnant, indefensible, and
equivalent to defending cancer, a malignancy relentlessly destroying its host.
It must be exposed, denounced, and once and for all expunged from the body
politic. A CIA study suggested the alternative - that beyond 20 years,
The Agency predicts "an inexorable movement away from a two-state to a one-state solution, as the most viable model based on democratic principles of full equality that sheds the looming specter of colonial Apartheid while allowing for the return of the 1947/1948 and 1967 (Palestinian) refugees. The latter (is) the precondition for sustainable peace in the region."
According to international lawyer Franklin Lamb, "the handwriting....is on the wall....history will reject the colonial enterprise sooner or later."
The report also predicts the return of all Palestinian refugees
to their homeland and the exodus of two million Israeli Jews to
The alternative is peace and reconciliation, something
Stephen Lendman is a Research Associate of the
Centre for Research on Globalization. He lives in
Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to The Global Research News Hour on RepublicBroadcasting.org Monday - Friday at 10AM US Central time for cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on world and national issues. All programs are archived for easy listening.
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