Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
De-Zionization of Israel, US-European Foreign
Policy Is Prerequisite for Ending Arab-Israeli Conflict
By Nicola Nasser
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, November 5, 2013
Drying Up Ideological Wellsprings of Arab – Israeli Conflict
Gradually, awareness that de-Zionization of the US and European foreign
policy as well as the internal policies of the State of Israel has become a
prerequisite for peace in the Middle East is steadily taking roots in
Israeli and world public opinion and consciousness.
awareness has yet to wait for drying up the Zionist ideological wellsprings
of the Arab – Israeli conflict and translating it into real politics by de-Zionization
of Israel and disengaging western foreign policy from its ideological
attachment to Zionism.
In his article published by Foreign Policy on
last October 25, James Traub quoted US President Barak Obama in a speech
last May, “announcing a re-formulation of the war on terror,” as saying: “We
cannot use force everywhere that a radical ideology takes root;” the only
alternative to “perpetual war” is a sustained effort to reduce “the
wellsprings of extremism.”
The “wellsprings” of “perpetual wars” and
“extremism” in the Middle East during most of the past twentieth century
until now could easily be detected in the unholy combination of real
politics and the “radical ideology” of the secular - turned - religious
This combination made it possible and seemingly ethical for
Americans and Europeans to accept and justify the unethical displacement of
the indigenous Arab people of Palestine to be replaced by a multi-national
artificial gathering of Jews who suffered oppression, anti – Semitism,
pogroms and holocaust in their western home countries.
European continued attachment to the Zionist ideology lies at the heart of
their treatment of Israel, the offspring of this ideology, as one of their
top “vital interests” in the Middle East, which is an attachment that in
turn lies at the heart of anti-Americanism and other forms of Arab conflicts
with the “west.”
The safe haven of the “new world” in
America was a timely and practical solution for Europeans to get rid of and
solve their “Jewish Question;” it now absorbs more Jews than Israel does.
The communists offered their own solution; it materialized in the
Jewish autonomous “Oblast” first ever republic in the Russian Birobidzhan,
close to the border of the former Soviet Union with China, which was home to
some three million Jews before some one third of them immigrated to Israel
following the collapse of the communist empire.
The nation states
basing citizenship on the rule of law is now the rule of the day in Europe,
where Jews enjoy full constitutional religious, civil, political and all the
other rights enjoyed by their compatriots.
There is no more a
“Jewish Question” in Europe in particular or in the west in general. If such
a question still persists there it is one related to the disproportionate
influence of Jewish citizens on the decision makers in the political,
financial and media arenas.
Nonetheless, the Zionist propaganda in
Israel and abroad is still fervently inciting that Jews are an endangered
species outside Israel, soliciting Jewish immigration, encouraging dual
citizenship and binational loyalty among them and considering all Jews
outside Israel as “refugees.”
Writing in the
on September 6 last year, Hanan Ashrawi, a Palestinian leader and elected
parliamentarian, quoted Shlomo Hillel, a government minister and an active
Zionist from Iraq, as saying, “I don't regard the departure of Jews from
Arab lands as that of refugees. They came here because they wanted to, as
Zionists” and quoted Former Knesset member Ran Cohen, who immigrated from
Iraq, as saying: “I have to say: I am not a refugee. I came at the behest of
Consequently, the “Jewish Question” moved ironically to
the very Arab safe haven to which the oppressed European Jews fled with
their lives to survive the culture of inquisition in Medieval Europe. The
largest Jewish minority among Arabs in Morocco nowadays tells the story.
This Arab safe haven was turned by the Zionist ideology into a hell of
wars, instability, ongoing conflict and home of a revived “Jewish Question”
since Israel was artificially created 65 years ago in the heart of the Arab
world, where Jews used previously to be a prosperous minority in every one
of the capitals of the 22 Arab states except Jordan.
justifies the creation of Israel in Palestine by two basic controversial
arguments: That God promised the land to Jews no matter what would happen to
its Arab inhabitants who was there long before Joshua and his army crossed
River Jordan to destroy Jericho and kill every man, woman, child and animal
by “God’s command.”
On November 2, 1917, British Foreign Secretary
then, Lord Balfour, acted as the self – appointed messenger of God’s will to
issue a modern God’s promise to Jews to have a “homeland” in Palestine.
The modern justification of the Holocaust does not care that another people,
namely Arab Palestinians, pay the price for a crime they did not commit.
Ironic but informative as well is the fact that Zionism was not
originally a Jewish product.
According to the author of “Christian
Zionism: Road-map to Armageddon?” (InterVarsity Press, 2004) Revd. Dr.
Stephen Sizer, writing in the Middle East Monitor on last August 1, “The
origins of the movement can be traced to the early 19th century when a group
of eccentric British Christian leaders began to lobby for Jewish restoration
to Palestine as a necessary precondition for the return of Christ… Christian
Zionism therefore preceded Jewish Zionism by more than 50 years. Some of
Theodore Herzl’s strongest advocates were Christian clergy.” Dr. Sizer
headlined his article, “Christian Zionism: The Heresy that Undermines Middle
He, together with the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem:
The Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah, Archbishop Swerios Malki Mourad of the
Syrian Orthodox, the Episcopal Church Bishop Riah Abu El-Assal and the
Evangelical Lutheran Church Bishop Munib Younan issued in 2006 and signed
the Jerusalem Declaration on Christian Zionism, which concluded: “We
categorically reject Christian Zionist doctrines as a false teaching that
corrupts the biblical message of love, justice and reconciliation.”
The Zionist narrative was challenged by Israel’s “New Historians.” Benny
Morris, Ilan Pappe’, Avi Shlaim, Tom Segev, Hillel Cohen, Baruch Kimmerling
and others have already reconsidered and created a post – Zionists’
awareness. Pappe’ concluded that the Zionist leaders planned and executed
“ethnic cleansing” to displace most of the Arab Palestinians.
Sand’s trilogy - - “The Invention of the Jewish People,” “The Invention of
the Land of Israel” and his upcoming third volume “The Invention of the
Secular Jew” - - hits hard at the very foundations of Zionism.
The fact that the secular Zionism was not popular among the world religious
Jewry in the early stages of the movement and that it is an ideology still
opposed by a strong Jewish minority is a fact Zionists are keen to
“The UN avenue” in Haifa, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv was
renamed "The Zionism avenue" in response to the adoption by the
United Nations General
Assembly (UNGA) of Resolution 3379 on November 10, 1975, which
determined that “Zionism is
a form of racism and
racial discrimination;” it was revoked by the UNGA resolution 46/86 in 1991;
the ongoing Israeli Zionist ideology and practices render its repeal a
premature step that should be reconsidered to reinstate it.
world community as represented by the United Nations, by adopting resolution
181 of 1947 dividing Palestine between its indigenous Arab Palestinians and
the invading aliens of the Zionist settlers played in the hands of Christian
and Jewish Zionism to commit an historical mistake that doomed peace in the
Middle East as an elusive humanitarian hope for a long time to come.
Jews were an integral part of the region’s history and social fabric until
Zionism cut this fact short. Only the prerequisite of
de-Zionization of Israel and world politics will
make peace a dream that would come true in the region and restore
history to its normal course in it. The Crusaders’ interruption of the
regional history is an informative precedent from which all those concerned
could draw lessons.
* Nicola Nasser is a veteran Arab journalist
based in Birzeit, West Bank of the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories.