Pack your Zionist Bags
Posted by minsky on October 24, 2007
The success of my invective against Zionism (link), is attributed to rhetoric; to my deliberate choice of destructive criticism, in place of constructive criticism. Since I don’t hold any position, it is easy for me to attack others’. So the story goes.
I partly agree. I haven’t been specific. I was rhetorical, very polemical. Here and there I got carried away. Not a clean record by any means, but so much for my part. Those who assume, I need to be constructive or offer alternatives to salvage credibility, don’t understand the problem.
The absence of alternatives to Zionism is the problem- The problem of Zionist hegemony in Jewish America and Israel. Zionism 2.0 and Zionism 1.0, are still Zionism. Zionism is the reason there are no alternatives. It thrives on their censure.
The first, and most decisive step along the creation of alternatives to Zionism, is the rejection of its hegemony.
To survive, Israel needs alternatives to Zionism. To reduce risks for our global Jewish community, we must create them. Adherence to present day Zionism endangers Jews worldwide, including in Israel.
Let’s begin with some basics. Jews, Judaism, Israel, and Zionism. These are four, distinct, elements in the saga. There are many relationships between the four. The worst of these, finds Zionism subordinating Jews and Judaism to Israel. Our present predilection, is the worst.
Zionists do not seek primus inter pares. They have, and sought, total hegemony; first and foremost ideological. Their political objective, destroy all alternatives in the Jewish body-politic.
Zionism is a foregone conclusion, isn’t it? Why else would so many smart Jews back it? “Jewish lives”, “Jewish security”, “Jewish safety”.For the sake of which, we can torture, terrorize, prevaricate, blaspheme, pre-empt, and destroy.
The WHY is here – Israel (ta da). The HOW, is here. Zionism. (hurrah)
Bow to your idol simpletons. Thou shalt have no other G-ds but the State which is G-d, and Ben-Gurion is his prophet.
The Torah does not provide a guide to weaning idolaters off of carved images. It just says stop. So let’s stop pretending.
Let’s stop pretending that any of us has the answers. Especially those, who pretend the most, and offer the least – Zionists. A sample of questions;
1) How many Israeli Arabs presently in Israel? How many in thirty years? What does this imply for Israeli democracy, and Israel as a Jewish state?
Answer: Today, 1.5 million (fifth of population). Birthrate, 4.0. In thirty years, minimum of third of population. Will Israel be able to balance democracy, with Jewish identity?
Zionist answer: none
2) How many Palestinians immediately bordering 1967 Israel? Rich, poor, happy or upset? Their goals and objectives? What does this mean for Israel‘s future?
Answer: nearly 4 million in West Bank and Gaza. Four more million around Israeli border in Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon. Birth rate, for Gaza and West Bank. 4.17. Mostly dirt poor, living in squalid shanties, displaced, angry, seething. Sole purpose in life, reclaim land. Meaning for Israel’s future?
Zionist Answer: none
3) Where lie most of Israel‘s aquifers, and sources of water? Is this an obstacle to peace between Palestinians and Israel?
Answer: Golan and West Bank. In Palestinian hands. Not only is this an obstacle to peace, it is an irreversible obstacle to any de facto Palestinian statehood. Short of claiming the water for Israel, the Zionists say what?
Zionist Answer: none
4) How much land Zionists expropriated from Palestinians, occupied by Israel or inhabited by Israelis? Why does it matter?
Answer: Depends who you ask. This is an important issue, because the land in question is claimed by both parties. Significant numbers of Palestinians in Gaza and West Bank claim land in Israel proper. They are fighting for it, and ready to die, no less than Israelis. What kind of legal framework is ready to resolve these problems?
Zionist Answer: none
5) Right of Return. Israeli vs. Palestinian. How many Jews eligible, vs how many Palestinians. To where?
Answer: 13 million Jews worldwide, and 10 million Palestinians worldwide. If all live in Israel-Palestine, twenty three million people will argue over water, land rights, and political rights in a locale the size of the Bay area. Oy-Bay! What framework is being offered to resolve this question?
Zionist Answer: none
6) The military balance, and Israel‘s future. Nuclear weapons and Israel‘s neighbors. How many wars do we have to fight to feel secure in the Middle East?
Answer: Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iran, Egypt, are all striving to balance Israel, by developing nuclear weapons. All of them can sustain asymmetric warfare against Israel, not to mention direct conventional warfare. Rockets are becoming cheaper and more plentiful; Islamists better organized, and determined. Hezbollah hides under orchards owned by unwitting Yanks in Connecticut, stores ammo in civilian cellars, and lobs missile after missile on Jewish cities. It beats the IDF. Today it’s Iran. Tomorrow Syria, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt. As Israel looses its military edge due to their advances, the costs of maintaining parity increase, and militarization ensues. This translates into greater costs in lives and political objectives of any future conflict. So what’s the plan?
Zionist answer: none
In these sample of a few, but pertinent cases, we see a pattern of Zionist numbness, dumbness, strategic blindness.
The Zionists objective is to become an ideological foregone conclusion. This Zionism achieves through pretense; pretense to have the answers. Bamboozling intelligent Jews to buy their shill takes calculated brilliance, or does it? In order to secure its dominance of American and Israeli Jewish communities Zionism relies on bullying and censorship, indoctrination and pontification, and marginalization and stigmatization of those who question its pretense.
Zionists pretend to have answers. Obey them, follow them, identify yourself with them, and lend a hand at every stage.
I don’t pretend to have the answers. Trash me, curse me, make me pay.
I wont pretend… but I will seek. I will look for answers. I begin by rejecting some foregone conclusions pandered by Zionists, implying a rejection of Zionism which panders itself as a foregone conclusion.
1) Dominance of Judaism and Jews by Zionists.
2) Zionist state of Israel – a guarantor of my safety.
The First Postulate
Zionists are saddened when Judaism opposes their objectives. Zionists are unhappy when all Jews are not Zionists. Zionists seek to dominate Jews and Judaism.
There is no one they hate more, than Jews who are vehemently, and strongly anti-Zionist. No one is a greater challenge to their usurpation of Judaism and Jews.
By making Anti-Zionism tantamount to Anti-Semitism, they come to rely on words like Self-Hating Jew to ridicule and to defame anti-Zionist Jews.
Reject this! We are Jews due to Torah. We have become Jews through Torah. Not through Zionism. Without the values inherited from Torah, we are not Jews.
Judaism comes first.
Political ideology last.
The Jewish body politic (Judaism) is closer to Western, Modern notions of Human Rights, than to the erroneous and parochial nationalism of 19th century Europe, or present day Third World.
The Zionists are a bumpkin regression to a brutish and imbecilic past, in their co-option of Torah, they represent an Islamization of Judaism and the Jewish body-politic. In as much as Zionism aspires to ideals of ethnically determined statehood, it reflects a fascist past. In as much as it aspires to religious statehood, it represents Islamism.
Islamization is contrary to the efforts of rabbis and leaders of the Jewish body-politic of the last centuries (Heschel, Sholem, Schechter, Schneerson, Bubber, Levinas) to promote Jewish rights as Human Rights, and in so doing promote Modern Values, to the detriment of the parochial, particular, nationalist, sectarian, and ethnocentric. It is contrary to the battle against Islamic sharia, contrary to the battle against chauvinism, racism, colonialism, and xenophobia.
In usurping primacy among Jews, Zionism drives us towards Islamism, away from Humanism.
You ask me for alternatives? Stop Zionist hegemony, stop foregone conclusions. This is an alternative!
Put Jewish body-politic first (Judaism, Humanist values), Jews second, and Zionism last. What about Israel? Put it last! Cast it into the sea if you are to choose between it and Humanism.
Israel represents sick Zionist dreams, ludicrous, unrealizable, dangerous political adventures, and not Jewish dreams. Judaism dreams of states and nations with equality, justice, and peace, not war, lies, manipulation, and discrimination. Read the promises of the Messiah if you don’t believe me. No where is war coveted, nor promised.
By putting Judaism first, you cleanse it of Zionist stains, Zionist distortions, and Zionist politicization.
Values first. Jews first. Zionism last. Israel last.
I want Judaism anywhere and everywhere, Judaism with Jews everywhere and anywhere. Yes including in the state of Israel; in the state of Israel, but not to the detriment of our values, and to Jews in other countries!
Jews must be free to live anywhere. Jews should and must live in Israel, if Israel is a culmination of virtue and humanity. If it is anything other, it menaces our values, and who we are. We cannot sacrifice these values for stones, trees, or rivers. If such a sacrifice is requested refuse it. Live where you can practice virtue, not vice.
The Second Postulate
The state of Israel, and its Zionist midwives, make the world safe for me, my friends, and our tefillin.
Buy this baloney, and then add a cheeseburger. Here’s an alternative. An alternative history through alternative interpretation of a trite anecdote.
The Mufti of Jerusalem. Anti-Semite by birth, ideology, and practice. Only trouble, the practice came last. A direct result of Irgun, Hagana, and Stern Gangsters. Left to his devices, his Islamic treatment of infidels and “Brothers of the Book” would have amounted to passive racism. Stimulated by a Zionist invasion (a historical fact damn it!) of his homeland, the numbskull turned religious dogma into applied genocide. Zionist role? They stir the hornet’s nest, then claim to make the world safe from bees!
What about the time the Zionists stirred the nest, and single-handedly undermined a global Jewish boycott of Hitler? Erwin Black (Transfer Agreement) says this was a small price to pay for Israel’s birth. Small price to pay? For a state which at the turn of the millennium chalks up more decades of human rights violations than Myanmar; more chastisement from the global community than Saudi Arabia; can lay claim to more destruction of Jewish values than avowed enemies of our past?
Leaving statistics aside, and the litany of victims elegies (Palestinian or Jewish), Israel is a roadblock for the global progress of Human Rights. This means it threatens the safety of Jews worldwide. My safety. Your safety. We depend daily on respect for our rights. It is the bedrock of our freedom. As Jews we depend on nondiscrimination and state impartiality wherever we dwell. The more impartial, and efficient a state’s application of Human Rights, the better for us.
I know my Zionist opponents don’t give a rat’s ass about UN resolutions rebuking Israel, dubbing them anti-Semitic by virtue of origin and intent. That’s precisely the problem. The Zionist’s problem and their gift to world Jewry.
Not only do Zionists not give a rat’s ass, they give a hoot when International Norms are undermined. What can matter more to the Zionists, their sacred state or the sorry state of Global Human Rights? Human Rights which provide safety for millions of Jews not living in Israel come second to Israel’s rights, because when applied to Israel’s actions, International Norms undermine its legitimacy. Faced between illegitimacy, and Human Rights, they choose the latter. This is the nature of the scorpion, ribbit, ribbit.
Fifty UN resolutions against Israel reflect Zionism’s long-running hostility towards International Norms. A hostility which contributes to the destabilization of the international community to Israel‘s own detriment. Witness Israel’s nukes. Probability of confrontation with neighbors (such as Iran) is proportional to Israel‘s attack on International Norms of Non-Proliferation. Israel’s future wars are the inevitable result of Zionism’s perpetual war against modernity. A war based on the destructive postulates which are part and parcel of its political ambitions.
Zionist impunity radicalizes Anti-Semites worldwide, threatening us all with deteriorating conditions. Witness Marseille, witness San Jose. As these conditions worsen, Zionism will further radicalize. It will be pronounced with an “a” in place of “io” and become a corny anagram in the mouths of Anti-Semites. As Zionism spurs Islamization, so too will it Islamicize Jews, and Torah. For 2008 expect innovative readings of Magilot Esther. Persians, they wanted to wipe us out, we returned the favor. In two decade’s time every weekly AIPAC Parasha commentary, will mention Cannan and the Amalekites.
Israel and Zionism have no claim to my safety. My visits to Israel depressed me, instilled fear, and dread. I was nauseated by the disparity between comfort and its price; by security measures which I’ve experienced in Laos and Columbia, where Humans have to rummage for their Rights in rambling landfills.
The rancid stench of blood vengeance hiding in the nooks of Palestinian Jerusalem, foretells the safety Israel will afford us in decade’s time. Next year in Jerusalem? Hopefully not. I felt safer and more Jewish in Brooklyn, than in a country turning Judaism into the stillborn precursor of a brain-less Islam. In Brooklyn, I don’t need a religious factotum to sign off on my marriage, I don’t need to occupy anyone’s barrio, duck Katyusha rockets, accusations of apartheid, worry whose water I’m stealing, and if the times of retribution lie near. In Brooklyn I have the privilege of being who I am, with no coercion to become a criminal accomplice.
You cannot buy my support for a state which practices terror, by telling me my health depends on it. National security is no pretext for torture, theft, and persecution. And you can’t and won’t do it my name! You do not have the right to appropriate my religion, or origin, to enlist me in your cause.
Violence breeds violence, Zionism breeds race-horses. Slim and lithe, loop after loop, never stopping. Zionists dwell on the arson of a Sukkha in Silicon Valley Hillel, wax about the intrinsic anti-Semitism of everything left-of-center. “We are here to protect you”, incant the Zionists.
Nothing in the historical record convinces me of the value of Zionism and Israel to Jewish safety. I encourage Jews to live anywhere, and to bring, wherever they live, the values which have made us who we are: honesty, justice, belief in equality, freedom of conscience, and free will. These values make the world safe for everyone. Parochialism, Islamism, Fascism, apply to those chosen for other purposes.
Governments and regimes which stand by, and behind Human Rights, enforce them effectively and consistently, are the source of Jewish safety. Israel doesn’t belong on this list. It is part of a list of states aggressively rolling back separation of Church and State, corrupts democracy abroad, undermines International Human Rights Law, legislates domestic laws that breed sectarianism, promotes ethnocentrism, defiles Torah, and reduces memory and history to political drivel. It pursues a national agenda of alienating Jews from their mother countries, advocate policies of communitarianism, Israel-firsters, not to mention harsh interrogation techniques and Armenian Genocide denial. How does a state which accentuates, rather than attenuate conflict, contribute to anyones’ safety?
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