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Opinion Editorials, March 2010
Anti-Semitism: Zionist Myth Vs. Truth and Reality
By Alan Hart
A tale of two anti-Semitisms
Anti-Semitism properly and honestly defined is prejudice against and loathing and even hatred of Jews, all Jews everywhere, just because they are Jews.
Anti-Semitism as defined by Zionism, the colonial, ethnic cleansing enterprise of some Jews, has come to mean almost all criticism of Israelís policies and actions, in particular its oppression of the Palestinians, and, also, criticism on the basis of revelations from the documented truth of history which expose Zionismís propaganda for the nonsense it is. Put another way, anti-Semitism as defined by supporters of Israel right or wrong is anything written or said by anybody that challenges and contradicts Zionismís version of events. In effect Zionists say, ďIf you disagree with us, youíre anti-SemiticĒ.
As a blackmail card to silence criticism of Israel and prevent informed
and honest debate about who must do what and why for justice and peace in
the Middle East, Zionismís false charge of anti-Semitism has worked
wonderfully well to date. Why? In the long (and still present) shadow of the
obscenity of the Nazi holocaust, a European crime for which, effectively,
the Arabs were punished, there are few things Westerners in public life,
politicians and media people especially, fear more than being accused of
Zionism Ė myth and reality
For a complete understanding of what anti-Semitism is and is not, itís
necessary to know what Zionism is and is not.
"Anti-Semitism is a propelling force which, like the wave of the future, will bring Jews into the promised land. Anti-Semitism has grown and continues to grow Ė and so do I."
He was right. Without the anti-Semitism unleashed by Adolf Hitler in his
Germany and Nazi-occupied Europe, Zionismís colonial enterprise would have
been doomed to failure for lack of enough Jewish support.
Zionism Ė a catastrophe for Jews
Any discussion of anti-Semitism should also take note of the words of Yehoshafat Harkabi, Israelís longest serving director of military intelligence. In his book Israelís Fateful Hour, he wrote: ďI believe it was a damaging error on Menachem Beginís part to insinuate that criticism of Israel is a manifestation of anti-Semitism.Ē In the same book Harkabi gave this warning:
"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."
From the early 1980s when those words were written, Israelís ďmisconductĒ
has been the prime cause in the rise of what Zionism presents as
anti-Semitism but which is actually anti-Israelism/anti-Zionism. Today the
biggest danger to the Jews of the world is, as Harkabi warned, that anti-Israelism/anti-Zionism
will be transformed into anti-Semitism, with the consequence at some point
of another great turning against Jews.
Alan Hart is author of Zionism: The Real Enemy of the
Jews and former ITN and BBC ďPanoramaĒ correspondent. A specialist in the
Middle East, he blogs at www.alanhart.net
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