It is a preposterous and nonsensical situation when anyone criticising the illegal Zionist entity in the Middle East for its human rights violations against the Palestinians is promptly condemned as being “anti-Semitic”.
This conflation of lawful denunciation of the Zionist state with being “anti-Jewish” is a sarcastic falsehood which is wielded to give it impunity from international law. It plays on the moral intimidation of critics by equating the historical oppression of Jews and in particular the Nazi holocaust with the inviolability of the Zionist state. In fact many non-Zionist Jews have defended the right of people to criticise the Zionist policies against the Palestinians.
Any suggestion that the conflict in the region is a Jewish-Muslim issue must be treated with the contempt it deserves. Nor is it a product of prehistoric traditional hatred. It is a 103 year old manufactured conflict (1917-2020) as a result of the Zionist occupation of Palestine, backed, funded and supported by the United States, Britain and other major imperial powers. This is a colonial project to ensure the perpetual presence of the colonial mentality.
It is about the revision of the Palestinians as non-people, writing them out of the historical description as if they never existed and rejecting their basic human rights. Yet to state these undeniable and irrefutable facts of Zionist/Western colonization — supported by innumerable historical records and events — sees the Zionist’s defenders level charges of anti-Semitism and racism.
The early Zionist leaders, led by Theodore Herzel, were acutely aware that to establish a Zionist homeland in Palestine meant that the Palestinians had to be vanquished and removed from the area. These intentions had to be disguised behind code words. The tarnishing of biblical legitimacy by Zionists to the land of historic Palestine must be hotly opposed. The tired expression about human and democratic rights, the supposed benefits of colonization to the colonized and the untruthful and deceitful call for democracy and peaceful co-existence with those besieged for obliteration and annihilation.
The late Edward Said referred to this type of colonialism as “unique”. He said that for the Zionists “the best Palestinian is either dead or gone, not even a subclass”.
Zionism was born from the evils of anti-Semitism. It was a response to the discrimination and violence inflicted on Jews in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries in Europe. Theodor Herzl in 1896 published “Der Judenstaat,” or “The Jewish State,” in which he warned that Jews were not safe in Europe. Britain’s support of a Jewish homeland was always coloured by anti-Semitism. The 1917 decision by the British Cabinet, as stated in the Balfour Declaration, to support “the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people” was a principal part of an unwise attempt based on anti-Semitic rhetoric.
Speaking of WWI, “With ‘Great Jewry’ against us,” Britain’s Sir Mark Sykes, (of the Sykes-Picot Document) warned: “there would be no possibility of victory. Zionism, was a powerful global subterranean force that was “atmospheric, international, cosmopolitan, subconscious and unwritten, nay often unspoken.”
Interestingly, the only Jewish member of Prime Minister David Lloyd George’s government, Edwin Montagu, passionately opposed the Balfour Declaration. He argued that it would encourage states to expel its Jews. “Palestine will become the world’s ghetto,” he warned.
It is this design and implementation of the Zionist/Imperialist/Colonialist project that has been playing itself out daily inside occupied historic Palestine for over 100 years.
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