Israel Palestine Infos
In the Name of Zionism
There is no (Jewish) politician in
Last week, when we celebrated the 62nd Independence Day, we were
flooded by a deluge of patriotic speeches. Each of the
By the way, when it comes to the Zionist character of
But no one of them – friends and enemies alike – spells out what it means. What makes the state into a “Zionist” one?
FOR ME, this is Chinese. I mean, everybody knows that
But what does this mean? What makes it communist?
When I was young, I learned that communism means the nationalization (or
“socialization”) of the means of production. Does this describe the reality in
Communism aimed at creating a classless society, leading in the end to the
“withering away” of the state altogether. Is that happening in
The Communist Manifesto declared that the proletariat has no fatherland. But
So what remains of communism in
And, of course – the ceremonies, symbols and banners. Karl Marx would have called them “opium of the people”.
AND BACK from the Manifesto of Marx and Engels to the “Jewish State” of Theodor Herzl, the official “Visionary of the State”.
Herzl’s Zionist vision was quite simple: the Jews, all the Jews, must go to the Jewish State. Those who do not will be Germans, Britons, Americans or members of any other nation, but definitely not Jews.
In the Zionist school in
And lo and behold, “Zionist”
The leaders of the “
For years, the foreign policy of
WHAT HAS all this to do with Zionism? What has remained of Zionism, except the
historical fact that the Zionist movement has given birth to
Inside our political system, Zionism serves various and contradictory aims.
If one speaks in
The state constructs settlements in the occupied territories because it is
Zionist. It builds in
THE “ZIONIST Left” is also waving this flag in order to show how patriotic it is. In the past, it used it mainly to keep its distance from the radical left, which was fighting against the occupation and for the two-state solution. Nowadays, after the “Zionist Left” has itself adopted this program, it continues to wave the Zionist flag in order to differentiate itself from the “Arab” parties (including the Communist Party, 90% of whose voters are Arab).
In the name of Zionism, the “Zionist Left” continues to reject any possibility of including the Arab parties in a future government coalition. This is an act of self-mutilation, since it prevents in advance any possibility of the “Left” returning to power. That’s simple arithmetic. As a result, the “Zionist Left” has practically disappeared.
THE WAY the Israeli Right is using the Zionist flag is far more dangerous. In their hands, it has turned into a banner of pure hate.
For years now, the plague of “talkbackists” has been spreading. Unidentified persons are filling cyberspace with their outpourings. Here and there a liberal citizen posts some interesting remarks. But the immense majority of the talkbackists belong to the extreme Right and express themselves in a style reminiscent of the darkest periods of the last century. The appellation “traitor” for leftists is the most moderate in this lexicon, and the demand for their execution has become quite commonplace.
(When my name happens to be mentioned on one of the websites, it routinely draws behind it a train of dozens, and sometimes more than a hundred talkback epithets spewing pure hatred. All this in the name of Zionism.)
The public has become accustomed to this phenomenon and tends to ignore it or to shrug it off. They think that the talkbackists belong to the political underworld, together with the fanatical settlers and assorted marginal rightist groups.
But are they still “marginal”? Or are they closing in on the center of the stage?
RECENTLY, THE public has been exposed to a song that lit red lights all over the place.
A popular singer by the name of Amir Banyon has decided to tell those Leftists exactly what he thinks of them. Here are some choice samples:
“I defend the children / I risk my life for your family / And you spit in my face. / After the enemies outside did not succeed in killing me / You are killing me from the inside.”
“I am storming the enemy lines / With my back exposed to you / And you sharpen the knife.”
“I am your brother, you are the enemy … When I weep, you laugh behind my back … You are handing me over to the foreigner … You are killing me!”
By the way, those who distributed this masterpiece forgot to mention that the
author, he who “risks his life” and “always storms forwards”, has never served
in a combat unit. Actually, he was released from the army after three days (!)
because of drug problems. Later he became a pious Jew and joined Chabad, the
sect of the ultra-nationalist Lubavitcher rabbi who never visited
THE WORDS “handing me over to the foreigner” are the most serious accusation in Jewish tradition. “The moser” (he who hands over) was a Jew who betrayed another Jew to the gentile authorities and deserved death. It was precisely this accusation that sealed the fate of Yitzhak Rabin.
Lately, this has become the main accusation hurled by Israeli fascists against
the Left. Recently, an extreme campaign of incitement was launched against the
Anat Kam, a soldier who “stole” secret documents from the army command and helped Haaretz to exclose a war crime, was also accused of “serving the enemy”. She has been indicted for “aggravated espionage”, a crime bearing a life sentence.
“Traitors”, “Enemy Agents”, “Destroyers of the Fatherland”, “Knife in the back”
– these epithets are becoming part of the mainstream discourse in
Not so long ago, just such language led to historic tragedies in