Anti-Zionism Is Racism

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Zionism and bigotry | Melanie Phillips.

Zionism is no more nor less than the self-determination of the Jewish people — as a people, and not just as adherents of the Jewish religion. Jews are in fact the only people – aspeople — for whom Israel (ancient Judea and Samaria) was ever their national homeland. Those who deny Zionism thus deny Jewish peoplehood and the fundamental right of Jews to live as a people in their own ancestral homeland, Israel.

Unique in the world, Jews are both a people and adherents of a religion. Intrinsic to and inseparable from the religion of Judaism is the land of Israel; more specifically, the centrality of and longing for Jerusalem and its Temple. Deny that centrality and you rip the heart and soul out of Judaism. Those who deny the right of the Jews to Israel and Jerusalem deny the right of the Jews to their own religion.

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  • ziontruth

    How much of a consolation it is, Mrs. Phillips, I don’t know, but you might take consolation in the fact that all these boycotts and vilifications of Israel, when they are at the grassroots level as in much of British society, are bad news not for Israel but for those societies. They indicate that the rot of Marxism, Islamization and the unholy alliance between them has wormed itself down deeply to the society in question.

    Of course I want those manifestations of this Jew-hatred under its shiny wrapper of anti-Zionism to stop, and I’ve even brought up concrete proposals for that (most of them to be carried out by the Jewish State, in much the same way as insolent Turkey’s recent designs on our officials), but there is nothing to cry about the world’s cruelty. As King David sang before HaShem: “When the wicked spring up as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish, it is that they may be destroyed for ever.” (Psalm 92) Wherever the populace hates Israel, it bodes ill for that nation.

    A small bit to add to something Phillip wrote in the piece: “The right of the Jews to their own historic national homeland has been recast, entirely falsely, as a usurpation of the ‘right’ to that land of ‘Palestinians’ – who never actually existed as a discrete people in the first place.” (Emphasis original.) Precisely, but it is also necessary to add that they don’t exist as a discrete people now, because all those years they could have expended on building themselves up into a nation with positive characteristics (the only thing that makes a real nation), they spent on glorifying the negative culture of jihad and suicide-murder. They are still what they have always been: A fraudulent narrative cooked up to mask the clearly unjust Arab imperialist ambition to rob the Jewish nation of its own and only rightful homeland in the world. As true now as fifty years ago.

  • Shlomo

    It is anti semitism indeed. Even if they do not accept the religous angle, other nations came into being at or around the same time. The Gulf nations, Czech, Yugoslavia, all are recognised in their new breakaway identities, but only Israel is demonised.

    For the record, Melanie Philips should remember that the Christian church sees itself as the new Israel, so you cannot expect them to accept the Jewish narrative.

    • Dhee

      Erm, I think you may have missed a CRUCIAL difference between those nations and Israel… the original inhabitants. The idea that immigrants of a nation can then remove the said inhabitants to develop their own nation based on religion is ridiculous to say the least. And that is ignoring the current state of those inhabitants

      • walt kovacs

        yup…

        the only way to do it is with smallpox, bigger guns and manifest destiny

        however, your argument immediately falls apart, when we note that it is the jew who is the original occupant of the land and not the arab…who only entered in large numbers when the jew began to return to said land

        you filthy, ignorant, mouth breathing, jew hating bastard

        • Jim from Iowa

          You left out fire water, Walt. And intermarriage. There’s a little manifest destiny in all of us, even the Canadians.

    • Dhee
  • Shlomo

    when they are at the grassroots level as in much of British society, are bad news not for Israel but for those societies. They indicate that the rot of Marxism, Islamization

    Ziontruth, can you lend some facts to this? Melanie Philips did not mention marxists, in fact she has written extensively about the Church’s role in supporting boycotts, divestments and the fakestinians. Marxism is not the problem here. The Christian Churches, notably the Church of England, as well as it’s counterparts in the USA (even in the Bush era) suppport the boycotts.

    There is no marxist movement that is supporting boycotts. Christ at the Checkpoint is not marxist, Sabeel is not marxist they are Christian.

    Please do not repeat tea-party anti marxist mantra, without thinking. It makes us look like nutters.

    What do you think Ben Gurion was if not a marxist? All the founders of Israel were marxist atheists. Kibbutzniks were socialists, Israel has always been a socialist or (according to you a marxist) state. It’s like Europe in this respect.

  • Dhee

    Sorry, but Zionism itself, is a racist ideology. The idea that only a certain sect of people have a right to a nation i.e. Israel sounds a bit like another racist ideology which I’m sure, you all are familiar with. Zionism has inspired the Israeli parl. to speak about non-Jewish immigrants in a despicable manner which wouldn’t be tolerated any where else. The separation and discrimination of Palestinians due to Zionism is further proof to that.

    • Norman B.

      Who are you calling a racist, racist? So everybody else is entitled to their own nation except Jews, and the Final Solution wasn’t final enough for you. Go ahead and cower behind your keyboard, because against Jews armed with guns you’re no ubermensch.

      • Dhee

        See, bringing up emotional historical events doesn’t not contribute to the debate. Zionism isn’t about inclusion… its whole ideology supports apartheid i.e. only Jewish people are entitled to a certain piece of land which you then support by using religion. Israeli parl. talked about ‘no sympathy for African migrants’ and that they contribute to the defilement of Jewish society… please tell me that this isn’t racism?! Sounds a bit like the ‘Aryan’ race theory to me.

        • SerJew

          No nation is supposed to be “inclusive”. Go ask the US to be inclusive of illegal Mexican immigrants. Or Italy regarding the Lybian refugees. Israel is the Jewish nation, as Greece is the Greek Nation and Finland, Japan and China to their respective peoples. If you are upset about that, tough shit. Maybe you should ask your country do dissemble and be “inclusive” to everybody else. Good luck with that. Warning: you might be killed or need to move to another, non-dissembled country.

        • SerJew

          And, BTW, you quit using emotional slogans such as “inclusive” (so cozy and kumbaya-like) in your so-called argument.

        • Norman B.

          Don’t point any fingers at me, since your own religion, or non-religion as it were, is blood-stained with genocide and mass murder. If you don’t like what Israel is up to, show your solidarity with the so-called oppressed by putting on an explosives vest and pulling the cord.

    • walt kovacs

      why are you debating this filthy racist pig?

      nothing will change his/her mind

      only a good curb stomping….

      amen

    • Shlomo

      Dhee, Zionism is not racism, because Israelis come from all backgrounds, Jews who are European, Asian, African, you name it. You are an anti semite.

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  • Dhee

    Nope, I’m not an anti-Semite since I know Jewish people who AGREE with my point. What disgusts me is the treatment of Palestinian and anyone who isnt ‘Jewish’ and the interrogation that people are put through to prove that they are worthy to live in Israel. Any Jewish person around the world are entitled to live in Israel yet anyone else, including a Palestinian whose family has live there for 1000s of years, are told otherwise. What also disgusts me is the growing of illegal settlements in Palestinian lands that are forcing people out of their homes, making them refugees in their own land. And you still havent answered my point; is saying African migrants contribute to the defilment of Jewish socity not racist? It is the same arguement used by Hitler to justify his abhorrent ways.

    • http://anneinpt.wordpress.com anneinpt

      I’m not an anti-Semite since I know Jewish people who AGREE with my point.

      The last refuge of an antisemite: “Some of my best friends are Jews…”

      What disgusts me is the treatment of Palestinian and anyone who isnt ‘Jewish’ and the interrogation that people are put through to prove that they are worthy to live in Israel.

      What interrogation would that be? And where does it take place? If you apply for an American Green Card, are you interrogated? Do you sit for hours waiting for an interview, sorry – an interrogation – at your local US consulate? If you apply for a British entry visa, do you not have to fill out pages and pages and bring documents and diplomas to prove your heritage and your worth?

      So why should Israel’s doing the same constitute “disgusting” or “racism” or whatever it is you’re complaining about?

      Any Jewish person around the world are entitled to live in Israel yet anyone else, including a Palestinian whose family has live there for 1000s of years, are told otherwise.

      Ah, poor Palestinians. The only trouble is, they have not been living in Israel for thousands of years. What a ridiculous assertion. The first Palestinians arrived AFTER the Jews arrived in Ottoman and then-British Mandate Palestine and made the desert bloom and brought about an economic flourishing. However Israel IS documented thoroughly as being the homeland of the Jews. Ergo, Jews have an innate right to immigrate, and non-Jews don’t. Which doesn’t mean they don’t receive the right, simply that it’s not automatic. Just like the US and Britain and every other country on earth in fact. Except for the Muslim countries which don’t allow entry to Jews at all. e.g. your Palestinian friends.

      What also disgusts me is the growing of illegal settlements in Palestinian lands that are forcing people out of their homes, making them refugees in their own land.

      More ridiculous hyperbole.

      1. The settlements are not illegal, no matter how loudly and repetitively you state this fact.
      2. Settlements are not growing, and have not grown since the 1990s. They are growing only within their own municipal boundaries.
      3. No Palestinian has ever been forced off his land to make room for a settlement.
      4. The only place Palestinians are real refugees are in Lebanon, Syria, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. And probably one or two other Arab countries. Jordan recently revoked citizenship from thousands of Palestinians; Kuwait kicked out tens of thousands of Palestinians during Gulf War I.

      is saying African migrants contribute to the defilment of Jewish socity not racist?

      Whoever said those words definitely made a racist statement. But does that make the entire Israeli populace racist? How does that reflect on Zionism?

      You are a bigot, and what’s worse, an uneducated ignorant bigot.

      • Dhee

        Mate, how can I be uneducated when I’m doing my dissertation about this very subject for my degree. The illegal settlements are well documented and have been discussed by the UN so please do your own research before discrediting other people. The point I make with me knowing Jewish people is not to prove that I’m not anti-semitic; but to show that there are hundreds of NGOs formed by Jewish people against the Zionism/Israeli govt. There is a major difference between an interview and an intimidating interragotion that I have been put through.The quote about African migrants came from a member of you parl. so the racist comments are clearly going to concern me since it is inspired by Zionism and influences people to described those black migrants as the ‘killers of the Zionist dream’.
        At the end of the day, Israel have signed the Geneva convention under no compulsion and its hypercritical to then go against its core values.

        And I’m not even going to refer to your ludicrous claims about Palestinians. They really should look at the History curriculum that is being taught at your schools.

        • SerJew

          “Mate, how can I be uneducated when I’m doing my dissertation about this very subject for my degree.” i-Dhee-ot

          Well, dude, if that is so, it´s proof that education went irreversibly down the sewage.

          • Dhee

            *claps* well done, for that great childish remark. I am sure you have proved your point by showing how churlish and uneducated YOU are.

            • SerJew

              Awww, you are being sooooo un-inclusive, i-Dhee-ot. And that coming from such as “serious” “scholar”. Shame on you!

      • Dhee
        • SerJew

          I suggest you read “Mein Kampf”.

      • Dhee
  • Dhee

    And I love the threats by the way, keep em coming!

    • SerJew

      Awww, cut this victim crap. Is anybody pointing a gun to your empty head? Are you been threatened by torture or fatwas? Give us a break and behave as a grown-up.

      • Dhee

        You really are funny. I see none of your comments included any actual rhetoric but silly jibes. I somehow feel like I’ve proven my point and that you don’t have any counter-arguments. Shame really, I was hoping for a proper debate and you’re clearly not up to it.

        • SerJew

          Well, i-Dhee, your posts are indeed full of rethoric: that empty and demagogic one, so typical of Jew-haters of your ilk, that are such cowards that they don´t have the guts to say upfront what you really feel and think. Because your type wants the best of the worlds: you want to be a Jew-hater AND by a chic “progressive” (or at least look like one). Thence the anti-Zionism masquerade and the “inclusive” kumbaya non-sense speech.

          But these tricks won´t do, dude: your hate is transparent. Now, go back to your “brilliant” dissertation. Yes, that´s a horrible threat.

          • Dhee

            Yeah, I’m clearly a ‘Jew-hater’.. without it getting personal my girlfriend is a Jew and as a result my child is also. I constantly speak about this with her and to the public eye. There are many supported organizations who do the same but with much more effective actions i.e. boycotts and protests. This idea that criticizing Israel and zionism equates to racism is beyond ridiculous; I’m talking about ideology not people. To be honest, I think I have done enough to prove my point. Good Luck living in ignorance

            • SerJew

              Good riddance! And greetings to your “girlfriend”.

            • SerJew

              “This idea that criticizing Israel and zionism equates to racism is beyond ridiculous” i-Dhee-ot

              Hogwash! You didn´t criticize anything, you thrown hateful lies, accusations and slogans. That´s pure Judeophobic demagoguery. Go back to your “dissertation” (maybe your “girlfriend” can give you some help).

            • SerJew

              “This idea that criticizing Israel and zionism equates to racism is beyond ridiculous” i-Dhee-ot

              Hogwash! You didn´t criticize anything, you´ve thrown hateful lies, accusations and slogans. That´s pure Judeophobic demagoguery. Go back to your “dissertation” (maybe your “girlfriend” can give you some help).

        • SerJew

          “Shame really, I was hoping for a proper debate and you’re clearly not up to it.” i-Dhee-ot

          Nope. You were hoping for a little provocation and you´ve got one, so don´t whine now. As for “debate” and “argument”, it´s way beyond your capability, dude.

  • Dhee

    “I believe that zionism is racism because it self-propagates itself as a democratic movement. However, a democracy, cannot, by definition, only be representative of one community in a bi-national and tri-religious contiguous geographic area. A democracy cannot exist for one people and not for another. This as called Apartheid in South Africa, and is now called zionism in Palestine.”

    Sums it up really, don’t you think?!

    • SerJew

      Sums up your cluelessness, yes, pretty much.

  • Dhee

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oljrngl5Iwc

    Please tell this also isnt racism… and this is against actual Jews but they are black.

    • http://anneinpt.wordpress.com anneinpt

      Sure. Israel is so racist and so averse to having Jewish black babies that it went and organized an airlift, bringing 14,000 black Ethiopians to Israel overnight in the 1990s.

      Oh! How racist of them! Oh, wait…

      You’re using a two year old video with unsubstantiated claims, which are denied by a respected Israeli doctor and human rights activist, and which the Israeli government has denied to prove your point which doesn’t actually exist.

      Read these documents:

      Israeli fertility rates
      The Ethiopian community in Israel

      You are pathetic.

  • Shlomo

    Yeah, I’m clearly a ‘Jew-hater’.. without it getting personal my girlfriend is a Jew and as a result my child is also. I constantly speak about this with her and to the public eye.

    Dhee, if the nazis ever rose in whichever country you are in, they would not care if a Jew had a Jewish ancestor going back 3 generations, or even if they were Halachically Jewish or not.

    Since you have a Jewish child, I hope you do appreciate that Israel would be a safe haven if nazism ever rose again. There is nowhere else we can go. Even the US refused to take boatloads of Jews headed to the death camps in Europe.

    • Dhee

      For me, all I was hoping for was a debate about zionism. I’m not saying Jewish people should leave Israel; that’s beyond ridiculous. I’m fully aware of the abhorrent discrimination and attitude towards Jews around the world before the Holocaust which allowed it to happen in the first place. But I do believe that zionism is stopping any progress in that conflict and that people’s right to their land/safety is not being prioritized enough.

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