Jews Against Zionism!
- Zionism is like cancer in human society. Its underpinnings are racism and hatred. I am glad that more and more Jews are recognizing it for what it is: The Enemy of the Jewish people! Zionist leaders have sold out Jews in the past and are continuing to do so. In my opinion, in its darkest heartbeats, is Satanism. The plan is to re-gather the Jewish people to the holy land and kill them. No ideology based on racism, ethnic cleansing and hatred can be of God. God does not teach me to hate Jews or Palestinians. As Jesus Christ says:
Matthew 5:43-45 (New King James Version)
Love Your Enemies
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,[b] 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
- Stephen Lendman writes:
They’re numerous, outspoken, and range from secular to orthodox to one group calling itself “True Torah Jews Against Zionism.” They believe that “traditional” Jews don’t support Zionism, an ideology they call “contrary to Jewish law and beliefs and the teachings of the Holy Torah.” They say Zionism:
— advocates “a political and military end to the Jewish exile;”
— fosters “pseudo-Judaism” based on secular nationalism;
— coercively seeks “armed materialism” in place of “a Divine and Torah centered understanding;”
— endangers all Jews worldwide;
— wants to disassociate Jews and traditional Judaism from ideological Zionism; and
— calls Israel a “Zionist State,” not a Jewish one.
— cite their concern for “peace and safety of all people throughout the world including those living in the Zionist state” and in Occupied Palestine;
— say from ancient times until 100 years ago, Jews and Arabs lived in peace and friendship until Zionism changed the relationship;
— believe Zionists abandoned the Torah and traditional Judaism, demanded political sovereignty over the Holy Land, and aroused anger in the Arab world; and
— Torah Jewry doesn’t recognize or support a Zionist state; nor do they represent world Jews; even the name “Israel” is a “forgery,” they believe, because the Torah forbids violence in the words of the prophet Isaiah who said:
“And they will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. No nation will lift its sword against any other, nor will they learn warfare anymore.”
Torah Jewry says that believing Zionism protects Jews is “probably the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the Jewish People” and accuses Zionists of fostering global anti-Semitism. “Indeed, hatred of Jews and Jewish suffering is the oxygen of the Zionist movement, and from the very beginning has been (used) to deliberately incite hatred to justify the existence of the Zionist state – this is, of course, Machiavellianism raised to the highest order.”
Zionist founder Theodor Herzl (1860 – 1904) said:
“It is essential that the suffering of Jews….becomes worse….this will assist in (the) realization of our plans….I have an excellent idea….I shall induce anti-semites to liquidate Jewish wealth….The anti-semites will assist us thereby in that they will strengthen the persecution and oppression of Jews. The anti-semites shall be our best friends.”
In 1920, other Zionists voiced similar ideas, including Nahum Goldmann, later president of the World Zionist Organization and World Jewish Congress head. Israel’s first president, Chaim Weizman, said Germany had too many Jews. In 1921, Jacob Klatzkin called for German Jews to undermine Jewish communities as a way to acquire a future state.
In 1963, Moshe Sharett (Israel’s second prime minister from 1953 – 1955) told the 38th Scandinavian Youth Federation Annual Congress that Jewish freedom imperiled Zionism. Delegates at the 26th World Zionist Congress were told that easing US anti-Semitism and freedom endangered Jews.
Torah Jewry disagrees in affirming its desire to live in peace with their Arab and Palestinian neighbors and abide by sacred commandments “with a perfect heart and to delight in the radiance of the sanctity of the Land.”
They believe: “Zionists have no right of any sovereignty over even one inch of the Holy Land. They do not represent the Jewish people in any way whatsoever. They have no right to speak in the name of the Jewish people.” Their ideology is “antithetical to Jewish law,” and because they don’t behave like Jews, “they desecrate the sanctity of the land.” They feel that when Israel is recognized as a Zionist, not a Jewish, state, “Jews worldwide will be able to live in peace” and do it alongside Arabs in the Middle East.
“The Hidden History of Zionism”
In his 1988 book, Ralph Schoenman explained four Zionist myths:
— the notion of “A land without people for a people without a land” to promote the fiction that an empty Palestine was there for the taking by its rightful original inhabitants;
— Israeli democracy, the only “real” one in the Middle East; in fact, Israel is democratic like South Africa was apartheid and much worse; “Civil liberty, due process and the most basic human rights” apply only for Jews;
— “security (is) the motor force of Israeli foreign policy” because it’s surrounded by hostile Arab states; and
— “Zionism (is) the moral legatee of the victims of the Holocaust….the most pervasive and insidious of the” Zionist myths; in fact, Zionists, like future prime minister Yitzhak Shamir, openly colluded with the Nazis for their own purposes – to use persecution as justification for a future Zionist state and more.
It wasn’t just to colonize Palestine. It was also to exploit indigenous people as cheap labor, dispossess and disperse them, replace them with arriving Jews, legitimize ethnic cleansing, and remove Palestinians from their land and history. Historical records were falsified. “Palestinians were re-invented as a semi-savage, nomadic remnant.” Mass elimination methods were justified for a “people too many.”
In 1923, hard line revisionist leader Ze’ev Jabotinsky argued that Arab nationalists opposed a Jewish state and wouldn’t accept one. Thus peaceful coexistence was unattainable, and Jews had to build “an iron wall of (superior) Jewish military force.” The idea was to discourage Arab hopes of destroying Israel followed by a negotiated settlement giving Israel the upper hand to dictate terms. Terror was to be used the way Joseph Weitz, head of the Jewish Agency’s Colonization Department, wrote in 1940:
“Between ourselves, it must be clear that there is no room for both peoples together in this country. We shall not achieve our goal if the Arabs are in this small country. There is no other way than to (get rid of) all of them. Not one village, not one tribe should be left.” The secret Koenig Report, later published in 1976, said:
“We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population.”
Chairman Heilbrun of the Committee for the Re-Election of Tel Aviv mayor Shlomo Lahat (1974 – 1993) stated:
“We have to kill all the Palestinians unless they are resigned to live here as slaves.”
Former IDF Chief of Staff Raphael Eitan (1978 – 1983) said:
“We declare openly that the Arabs have no right to settle on even one centimeter of Eretz Israel….Force is all they do or ever will understand. We shall use the ultimate force until the Palestinians come crawling to us on all fours.”
Other Israeli leaders voiced similar extremism, including David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, saying in 1937 that “We must expel the Arabs and take their place and if we have to use force, to guarantee our own right to settle in those places – then we have force at our disposal.”
At inception, Zionists like Herzl were pragmatic, yet devious, in believing imperial power backing was needed to establish a Jewish state. It could have been anywhere, but Palestine was chosen for its symbolic significance as the ancient Jewish homeland. Colonization began after the first Zionist Congress in Basle, Switzerland in 1897. Herzl later wrote:
“At Basle, I founded the Jewish state….If not in five years, then certainly in fifty everyone will realize it.” It took 51 by dispossessing indigenous Palestinians and replacing them with Jews. Ever since, Zionism’s most effective legitimacy claim is the notion of preventing another “Holocaust.” It’s justified the most outrageous crimes, characterized as “self-defense” by a tiny Jewish minority surrounded by hordes of hostile Arabs. It seized Palestinian land, Judaized it, created a new nation for Jews alone – undemocratic, imperial, militant, violent, exploitive, oppressive, racist, and hostile to core Judaic dogma.
It’s why growing thousands of Jews globally oppose an ideology based on power, conquest, dispossession, and violation of the most fundamental Jewish ethical and moral teachings, ones Zionists disdain.
Not In My Name
It calls itself a “predominantly Jewish organization deeply committed to a peaceful and just resolution of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, a resolution that will provide safety, security and freedom for Jews, Palestinians, and all others living in this region.” It opposes:
— the illegal West Bank and Gaza occupations;
— the West Bank and East Jerusalem settlements;
— Israel’s Separation Wall;
— the collective punishment of millions of Occupied Palestinians and Israeli Arabs; and
— Israeli human rights abuses, home demolitions, land seizures, arbitrary arrests, torture, travel and movement restrictions, and closure and encirclements of villages and communities.
It champions Palestinian self-determination, the right of return, and “full equality, civil rights and economic justice for all.” It’s for a shared Jerusalem and nuclear-free Middle East. It wants an end to violence and injustice and the equitable sharing of vital resources, including water, oil, gas, electric power, and all other essentials to life and well-being. It wants all US aid stopped until Israel ends its occupation and acts like a civilized state.
It deplores Zionism and what it represents. It’s activists have chapters around the world. They organize protests and demonstrations, hold vigils and religious ceremonies, communicate with the media, foster dialogue between Jews and Palestinians, sponsor teach-ins, educational forums and study groups.
They believe that moral human beings are obligated “to speak out and take action.” They refuse to remain silent or accept Israeli crimes passively. They’re one among other like-minded organizations that say “Not In My Name.” Not now or ever.
A Final Comment
At its core, Zionism is fundamentally racist, extremist, undemocratic, and militant:
— in espousing Jewish supremacy, exceptionalism, and uniqueness as God’s “chosen people;”
— in relying on occupation, oppression, violence and dispossession;
— in justifying a Jewish ethnocracy based on structural inequalities;
— in ruling by force, not coexistence;
— in choosing confrontation over diplomacy and the rule of law; and
— by denying Arabs and all others the same rights as Jews.
No ideology that destructive can endure. No regional peace and reconciliation is possible until it’s repudiated.
- For Jewish organizations that opposes Zionism click here!
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