If Zionism isn’t racism, then what is it?
Posted by minsky on September 24, 2007
In this month’s Commentary Hillel slaughters Avraham. Some of you will applaud Halkin, because you’ll find Avraham Burg’s statements nothing short of inflammatory.
I happen to think otherwise. This is Hillel sacrificing Avraham, because I share Avraham Burg’s opinion that the state of Israel is in danger of extinction, due to the stultifying nature of Zionism. Halkin is a careerist, Burg a handy pray in his crosshairs.
I believe the nature or Zionism is best expressed in Isreal, the culmination of a Zionist political project best characterized as an unwieldy theocratic pseudo-state, walking the thin line between Medieval European apartheid and pre-Civil Rights American segregation. Zionism is a worn-coat which has outgrown its owner, and because Israel lacks a post-Zionist ideology of the state, it is increasingly looking like a straight-jacket containing the spasms of a nut-case.
I am not against the Israeli state, nor against its continued creation, nourishment, and development. I merely believe that Zionism is now an obstacle to Israel’s future.
Rather than picking on pious Jews, Amanpour should have focused on Zionists, when discussing Fundamentalism and the Middle East. Similar to Radical Moslems and Evangelical Christians, Zionism has transformed itself from a radical movement with liberational overtones, into a calcified reactionary dogma. No longer capable of relying on the force of logic, Zionism and the Isreali state is increasingly reliant on the force of arms, rhetoric, and passion.
For Diaspora Jews, Zionism pushes us to take sides between morality and piety, vs blatant oppression, dispossession, and destruction of international law. It is neither Hallakhic nor Jewish.
I resent what I see as Zionisms unchallenged status in the official Jewish community across America, and community policies. Be it in Synagogues, Federations, Foundations, or lobbies. Why does the book Myth and Fact have to be given to bar-mitzva kids, Palestinians relentlessly portrayed as irrational lunatics?
I am tired with Zionism distorting fine young Jewish minds when campus Hillel’s urge us to take a stand for Israel, and tell us what to call a wall, who is guilty of the New-Anti Semitism, or read Mark Twain’s travel memoirs if and only if to prove to our credulous neurons that even if Palestinians existed, there were too few to legitimise any present claim to Cannanite land.
I applaud Avraham Burg, and I want something to replace Zionism. A post-Zionism, that will give Israel a new political vitality, and stop pushing Jews world-over, into morally repugnant corners. For this to happen, we must first let go of Zionism, and see it for what it is, a 19th century European Nationalist notion, not only contrary to Torah, but a dangerous idol in its stead.