The recent events in the Middle East and the rise of Hezbollah and Hamas have skewed the reality of what occurred in Palestine in 1948 (when Zionists from Eastern Europe forced through the creation of the State of Israel) and the real agenda of Zionism, versus the truth of Judaism.
So what’s the purpose of this blog? Well, because of the situation in Gaza and the West Bank and yesterdays overwhelming vote to upgrade Palestine from the status of “U.N. observer to nonmember observer state” is something that echoed the same sentiments of the League of Nations, the forerunner of the United Nations.
Before the United Nations was created after World War Two, the League of Nations was in the process of considering Palestine as a Nation State. One of the reasons for the demise of the League of Nations was that the Zionists within the British, French and US Governments wanted to create the State of Israel where Palestine already existed, by ratifying the massive immigration of Jews from Eastern Europe.
This blog is not anti-semitic, because I am not anti-semitic. I am an observer, and present a list of quotes from Zionist leaders and anti Zionist Rabbis regarding the State of Israel and the differences between Secularism and Religion. We hear ad nauseam about the heinous acts of Hamas and Hezbollah which are true, but we have forgotten the history of what happened to the Palestinians and of the genocide of Palestinian Arabs that has continued for over sixty years .
I was born in Hong Kong of British parents, grew up in India and the Middle East where my parents worked in Iran and Libya and went to school in England. My mother worked for British Embassies in both countries and my father for American Oil Companies. My book AN UNQUIET AMERICAN relates some of the history of the region, so I have a long history with the Middle East. But this blog is not about my views, I am simply presenting the views of others.
People tend to say what they mean when they think they talking to a sympathetic audience, and what follows are quotes from David Ben Gurion, the founder and First Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu the current Prime Minister, and Ehud Barak, Minister of Defence and former Prime Minister, that give a strong insight into Zionist thinking.
“We must expel Arabs and take their places.” - David Ben-Gurion, 1937, “Ben-Gurion and the Palestine Arabs“, Oxford University Press, 1985.
“Let us not ignore the truth among ourselves … politically we are the aggressors and they defend themselves… The country is theirs, because they inhabit it, whereas we want to come here and settle down, and in their view we want to take away from them their country.” - David Ben-Gurion, quoted on pp 91-2 of Chomsky’s Fateful Triangle, which appears in Simha Flapan’s “Zionism and the Palestinians“, pp 141-2 citing a 1938 speech.
“We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population.” - David Ben-Gurion, May 1948, to the General Staff. From “Ben-Gurion, A Biography“, by Michael Ben-Zohar, Delacorte, New York 1978.
“Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do not even know the names of these Arab villages, and I do not blame you because geography books no longer exist. Not only do the books not exist, the Arab villages are not there either. Nahlal arose in the place of Mahlul; Kibbutz Gvat in the place of Jibta; Kibbutz Sarid in the place of Huneifis; and Kefar Yehushua in the place of Tal al-Shuman. There is not a single place built in this country that did not have a former Arab population.“ - David Ben-Gurion, quoted in “The Jewish Paradox“, by Nahum Goldmann, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1978, p. 99.
“Why should the Arabs make peace? If I was an Arab leader, I would never make terms with Israel. That is natural: we have taken their country. Sure, God promised it to us, but what does that matter to them? Our God is not theirs. We come from Israel, it’s true, but two thousand years ago, and what is that to them? There has been anti-Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitx, but was that their fault? They only see one thing: we came here and stole their county. Why should they accept that?” - David Ben-Gurion, quoted in “The Jewish Paradox” by Nahum Goldmann, former President of the World Jewish Congress.
“Israel should have exploited the repression of the demonstrations in China, when world attention focused on that country, to carry out mass expulsions among the Arabs of the territories.” - Benyamin Netanyahu, then Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister, now Prime Minister of Israel, speaking to students at Bar Ilan University, from the Israeli journal Hotam, November 24, 1989.
“I would have joined a terrorist organization.” – Ehud Barak‘s response to Gideon Levy, a columnist for the Ha’aretz newspaper, when Barak was asked what he would have done if he had been born a Palestinian.
The quotes speak for themselves.
But there are also those Jews and Jewish religious organisations who are vehemently opposed to the State of Israel and to Zionism. Neturei Karta is one, and is vocal in their opposition to Israel’s persecution of Palestinians. Here is a link to a video of a demonstration in New York in which Rabbi Dovid Feldman of Neturei Karta is making a speech in support of Palestinians http://bit.ly/11aTO8Q
From the Neturei Karta site: “Neturei Karta oppose the so-called “State of Israel” not because it operates secularly, but because the entire concept of a sovereign Jewish state is contrary to Jewish Law.”
Rabbi Amram Blau was one of the most vociferous opponents of the State of Israel and was imprisoned many times by the Israeli Government for his opposition to Zionism. Here is part of his letter to the world.
Jerusalem, January 17, 1974
To All Those Who Believe in Justice:
Nations of the world accepted the clear lie when they recognized the Zionists, those heretics who established their state through conquest under the name of “Israel,” as any part of the Jewish People. The nations thereby enabled the Zionist heretics to conquer the Jewish People themselves. Through this action those nations offended the authentic Jewish People, its Torah and faith in a way much worse than how the Jewish People has ever been injured by the Arabs, in view of the fact that these Zionist heretics and their establishment of their state through conquest have no connection to the Jewish People. It is known that only the Torah defines the Jewish People. The Jewish People have no involvement with Zionists, Zionism or their state conceived under the notion of nationalism. Judaism has nothing to do with nationalism.
The Jewish People are absolutely opposed to any injury against the Arab nation. The Arab nation never harmed the Jewish People until the advent of Zionist nationalism. The Jewish People are commanded by the Torah to seek the peace of the governments where they are citizens, and not to rebel against any nation, G-d forbid, especially when this concerns the Holy Land, to which we are forbidden to engage in mass immigration.
Read his complete letter here http://bit.ly/VaNqbv
President Truman was told by advisers sent by him to the Middle East, that his embrace of Zionism would have long lasting and detrimental effects on relationships with Arabs in the Middle East. His reply was: “I am sorry gentlemen, but I have to answer to hundreds of thousands who are anxious for the success of Zionism: I do not have hundreds of thousands of Arabs among my constituents.”
If we do not remember history we will continue to repeat the mistakes of the past. Most Jews are not extreme Zionists nor supporters of Neturei Karta, but many are uncomfortable with the policies of the Israeli Government and just want to live in peace with Palestinians, likewise Palestinians who do not support Hamas or Hezbollah.