Anti-Israelism: Why Zionism Doesn’t and Can’t Get It

by Alan Hart / January 28th, 2010

There
is no doubt it. More and more people all over the world, and probably
many of their governments behind closed doors, are beginning to see the
Zionist state of Israel for what it really is – not only the obstacle to peace but a monster1 apparently beyond control; and they, more and more so-called ordinary folk everywhere, are beginning to turn against it.

That explains why Prime Minister Netanyahu is leading Zionism’s hysterical call for the world to stop demonizing Israel.

At the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem on 25
January, he said: “There is evil in the world, and it doesn’t stop, it
spreads. There is a new call to destroy the Jewish state. It’s our
problem but not only our problem. This (the re-emergence and growth of
anti-Semitism according to Netanyahu) is a crime against the Jews, and
a crime against humanity, and it is a test of humanity.”

That was quite something from the man who has done more than most to
assist Zionism in its transformation of the obscenity of the Nazi
holocaust from a lesson against racism and fascism and all the evils
associated with them into an ideology that seeks to justify anything
and everything Israel does. War crimes and all.

Zionism can’t see, is too blinded by its own insufferable
self-righteousness to see, that the behaviour of its monster child is
the prime cause of the re-awakening of the sleeping giant of
anti-Semitism – except that in most cases it’s not anti-Semitism. It’s
anti-Israelism. (The danger is that it could easily become
anti-Semitism in its Western sense – loathing and even hatred of Jews
just because they are Jews – if the Western world is not assisted to
understand the difference between Judaism and Zionism. The difference
explains why it is perfectly possible to be passionately anti-Zionist
without being in any way, shape or form anti-Jew and, also, why it is
wrong to blame all Jews everywhere for the crimes of the relative few
in Israel, and not all Israelis).

It is a fact that prior to the Nazi holocaust, almost all the Jews
of the world were opposed to Zionism’s colonial enterprise. One of
several reasons for the opposition of the most informed and thoughtful
of them was the fear that if Zionism was allowed by the big powers to
have its way, it would one day provoke classical anti-Semitism.

As I note in my book, Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews,
this fear was given a fresh airing in 1986 by Yehoshafat Harkabi,
Israel’s longest serving Director of Military Intelligence. In his
remarkable book, Israel’s Fateful Hour, he gave this warning (my emphasis added):

Israel is the criterion according to which all Jews will
tend to be judged. Israel as a Jewish state is an example of the Jewish
character, which finds free and concentrated expression within it.
Anti-Semitism has deep and historical roots. Nevertheless, any flaw in
Israeli conduct, which initially is cited as anti-Israelism, is likely
to be transformed into empirical proof of the validity of
anti-Semitism. It would be a tragic irony if the Jewish state,
which was intended to solve the problem of anti-Semitism, was to become
a factor in the rise of anti-Semitism. Israelis must be aware that the
price of their misconduct is paid not only by them but also Jews
throughout the world.

Three particular events guaranteed that Israel’s “misconduct” became
not only “a factor” but the prime factor in the re-emergence and the
rise of what Zionism asserts is anti-Semitism but is actually
anti-Israelism. They were:

1. Israel’s invasion of Lebanon all the way to Beirut in 1982, the
initial purpose of this offensive being to destroy the PLO, its
leadership and infrastructure.
2. Israel’s war on Lebanon 2006, the
main purposes of this offensive being to cause enough destruction and
death to force Lebanon’s political institutions and military to
confront and defeat Hizbollah (which would not have come into existence
if Israel had not invaded Lebanon and occupied the south of it in
1982); and to teach the Arabs, all Arabs, a lesson.
3. Israel’s most recent war on the Gaza Strip, the main purposes of it
being to collectively punish all Palestinians there (for supporting
Hamas) and destroying Hamas militarily and politically, in the belief
that when it had done so, Israel would have more freedom to bully and
bribe Abbas’s quisling Palestinian National Authority into accepting
crumbs from Zionism’s table.

By any objective consideration those three offensives were
demonstrations of Israeli state terrorism. (I have just finished
updating the story for Volume Three of the American edition of my book
and it has chapter titled “State Terrorism Becomes Israel’s Norm”).

Because the Western world had been conditioned to see the 1967
conflict as a war of Israeli self-defense – i.e., not what it actually
was, a war of Israeli aggression, Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon was
the first real opportunity for the watching Western world to see what
until then only the Arabs in general, and the Palestinians in
particular, had seen in close-up – the ugly face of Zionism. A face so
ugly that 400,000 Israelis assembled to express their outrage of what
had been done in their name.

On the subject of the self-righteousness that is the cause of
Zionism’s congenital blindness, Harkabi wrote this (again my emphasis
added):

Self-criticism is imperative in order to counterbalance
the tendencies to self-righteousness and self-pity that stem from basic
Jewish attitudes, from the historical experience of persecution, and
from the ethos fostered by Menachem Begin. No factor endangers
Israel’s future more than self-righteousness, which blinds us to
reality, prevents a complex understanding of the situation and
legitimizes extreme behaviour
.

  1. There
    may be readers of this article who object a little or a lot to my
    description of the Zionist state as a monster. It’s not an original
    Alan Hart idea. In 1984, and as quoted by Harkabi, Israeli journalist
    Teddy Preuss published a book with the title Begin, His Regime. In it he wrote (my emphasis added): “I have no doubt that Begin’s rule will lead to the destruction of the state. In any case, his rule will turn Israel into a monster.” []

Alan
Hart has been engaged with events in the Middle East and globally as a
researcher, author, and a correspondent for ITN and the BBC. Read other articles by Alan, or visit Alan’s website.

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