by Alan Hart / February 12th, 2010
Jews of the world (and probably many Gentiles) believe that Zionism is
the return of Jews to the land promised to them by God. At the risk of
offending some readers of all faiths for saying so, I must confess, and
do so cheerfully, that I don’t buy this concept because the Gentile me
does not believe in the God of organized, institutional religions. So,
I say to myself, no God, no promise to Jews (or anybody else). In my
perception of the scheme of things, God is the potential for good
inside each and every one of us. God so defined is a prisoner within
each of us and our prime task is to liberate this prisoner. But let’s
put that to one side.
The Jews who “returned” in answer to Zionism’s call had no
biological connection to the ancient Hebrews. They were converts to
Judaism long after the end of the Hebrew conquest and short-lived
domination of much of Canaan, the name as in the Bible by which
Palestine was first known to the world. They therefore had no legitimate claim on the land.
The Jews who did have a legitimate claim, probably not more
than about 10,000 at the time of Zionism’s first dishonest mission
statement in 1897, were the direct descendants of the Israelites who
stayed in place on the land through time. They regarded themselves as
Palestinians, and they were fiercely opposed to Zionism’s colonial
enterprise because they feared it would make them as well as the
incoming alien Jews enemies of the Palestinian Arabs.
Also true is that prior to the obscenity of the Nazi holocaust, most
Jews of the world were not at all interested in Zionism’s colonial
enterprise and many were opposed to it. The most informed and
thoughtful of those who did express their opposition believed that
Zionism was morally wrong. They also feared that Zionism’s colonial
enterprise would lead to unending conflict. But most of all they feared
that Zionism, if it was allowed by the major powers to have its way,
would one day provoke anti-Semitism. Which is precisely what is happening today. (Hence the title of my book, Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews).
In reality it is how the Zionists created their state – a Zionist not a Jewish state – that best defines what Zionism actually is.
Israel was created, mainly, by Zionist terrorism and ethnic
cleansing – a pre-planned process that saw three-quarters of the
indigenous Arab inhabitants of Palestine dispossessed of their homes,
their land and their rights.
Zionism asserts that its state was given its birth certificate and
thus legitimacy by the UN Partition Resolution of 29 November 1947.
That is propaganda nonsense. The truth can be summarized as follows.
- In the first place the UN without the consent of the majority of the people of Palestine did not have the right
to decide to partition Palestine or assign any part of its territory to
a minority of alien immigrants in order for them to establish a state
of their own.
- By the narrowest of margins, and only after a rigged vote, the UN
General Assembly did pass a resolution to partition Palestine and
create two states, one Arab, one Jewish, with Jerusalem not part of
either. But the General Assembly resolution was only a recommendation – meaning that it could have no effect, would not become policy, unless approved by the Security Council.
- The General Assembly’s recommendation never went to the Security Council for consideration because
the U.S. knew that, if approved, it could only be implemented by force
given the extent of Arab and other Muslim opposition to it; and
President Truman was not prepared to use force to partition Palestine.
- So the partition plan was vitiated (became invalid)
and the question of what the hell to do about Palestine – after Britain
had made a mess of it and walked away, effectively surrendering to
Zionist terrorism – was taken back to the General Assembly for more
discussion. The option favoured and proposed by the U.S. was temporary
UN Trusteeship. It was while the General Assembly was debating what do that Israel unilaterally declared itself to be in existence – actually in defiance of the will of the organised international community, including the Truman administration.
The truth of the time was that the Zionist state had no right to exist and, more to the point, could have no right to exist UNLESS
… Unless it was recognised and legitimized by those Zionism had
dispossessed of their land and their rights. In international law only
the Palestinians could give Israel the legitimacy it craved.
What is a Zionist today?
Short answer: One, not necessarily a Jew, who (to quote Balfour) supports the Zionist state of Israel “right or wrong” and who cannot or will not admit that a terrible wrong was done to the Palestinians by Zionism
– a wrong that must be acknowledged and then corrected on terms
acceptable to the Palestinians if there is ever to be peace and the
countdown to catastrophe for all is to be stopped. The Arab word for
the catastrophe of the original dispossession of the Palestinians is
Nakba. In my view, Zionism’s Nakba denial is as obscene and as evil as
denial of the Nazi holocaust.
One thing nobody can deny is the effectiveness of Zionism’s
propaganda machine. Zionism’s spin doctors probably learned from the
Nazis that the bigger the lies and the more frequently they are told,
the more likely it is that they will be believed in the mainly Gentile,
Judeo-Christian or Western world; and all the more so when the
mainstream media is terrified of offending Zionism either too much or
The biggest of all of Zionism’s propaganda lies is the one which
asserts that Israel has lived in constant danger of annihilation, the
“driving into the sea” of its Jews. As I document in detail in my book,
Israel’s existence has never, ever, been in danger from any combination
of Arab force. Not in 1948. Not in 1967. And not even in 1973.
Zionism’s assertion to the contrary was the cover which allowed Israel
to get away where it mattered most, in North America and Western
Europe, with presenting its aggression (often state terrorism) as
self-defense, and itself as the victim when actually it was, and is,
The companion propaganda lie is that Israel never had Arab partners for peace.
Zionism has two hallmarks.
One is self-righteousness of a most extraordinary kind. In
1986 this self-righteousness was described by Yehoshafat Harkabi, a
former Director of Israeli Military Intelligence, as “the biggest real
danger” to the Jewish state.
The other hallmark is a shocking and awesome arrogance of military and economic power
and the influence the latter buys, most critically in the U.S. Congress
where what passes for democracy is for sale to the highest bidders.
On the matter of truth as it relates to the making and sustaining of
conflict in and over Palestine that became Israel, I hope the German
philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) is right: “All truth passes
through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently
opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” If that’s true,
Zionism not only can be defeated but will be.