FW: Part II Zionists And/As Nazis

Craven, Jim jcraven at clark.edu
Wed May 21 09:44:15 MDT 2003

>From Tom Segev "The Seventh Million: Israelis and the Holocaust":

"The haavara agreement was a central issue in the elections in the summer of
1933 for representatives to the Eighteenth Zionist Congress. The
Revisionists rejected [in a turnabout] any contact with Nazi Germany. It was
inconsistent with the honor of the Jewish people, they said; Jabotinsky
declared it 'ignoble, disgraceful and contemptible'. The Revisionist press
now castigated the Zionist Organization and the Jewish Agency as 'Hitler's
allies', people 'who have trampled roughshod on Jewish honor, on Jewish
conscience, and on Jewish ethics...dark characters who have come to trade on
the troubles of the Jews and on the land of Israel...low types who have
accepted the role of Hitler's agents in Palestine and in the entire Near
East...traitors...deceivers who lust after Hitler's government.' " (p. 24)

"After reading the Nazi Party newspaper, Ben-Gurion wrote, it seemed to him
that he was reading the words of Zeev Jabotinsky in Doar Hayom: 'the same
thing, the same style, and the same spirit.' " (p. 24)

"In his impassioned speech, Ben-Gurion called for the rescue of German
Jewry, 'a tribe of Israel', and their transfer to Palestine, rather than
action against Hitler. ' I do not believe that we can oust him and I am not
interested in anything other than saving these 500,000 Jews,' he said.
Ben-Gurion saw the debate between rescue and boycott as  a debate between
Zionism and assimilation, between the nationalist interests of Jewish
settlement in Palestine and the international war against anti-Semitism. The
assumption imnplicit in his words was that the war against anti-Semitism was
not a part of the Zionist mission." (pp. 24-25)

"To make his point, Ben-Gurion used harsh language that would in time be
employed by anti-Zionists: 'If I knew that it was possible to save all the
children in Germany by transporting them to England, but only half of them
by transporting them to Palestine, I would choose the second--because we
face not only the reckoning of those children, but the historical reckoning
of the Jewish people.' In the wake of the Kristallnacht pogroms, Ben-Gurion
commented that the 'human conscience' might bring various countries to open
their doors to Jewish refugees from Germany. He saw this as a threat and
warned: 'Zionism is in danger.' " (p 28)

"Nevertheless, the pragmatists were convinced that the boycott of Germany
could not advance the interests of Palestine, that their ends could best be
accomplished through contact with the Nazis. Thus the leaders sought to keep
relations with Nazi Germany as normal as possible: Two months after Hitler
came to power the Jewish Agency executive in Jerusalem had sent a telegram
straight to the Fuhrer in Berlin, assuring him that the yishuv had not
declared a boycott against his country; the telegram was sent at the request
of German Jewry in the hope of halting their persecution, but it reflected
the Jewish Agency's inclination to maintain correct relations with the Nazi
Government. Many years later, Menachem Begin revealed that the Zionist
Organization had sent hitler a cable of condolence on the death of President
Hindenburg." (p. 29)

"Traveling on to Cairo, he [Eichmann] summoned a Jew from Jerusalem, one
Fiebl Folkes. A report from Eichmann wrote of his trip and the record of his
interrogation by the Israeli police decades later indicate[s] that Folkes
was a member of the Haganah--the clandestine Jewish defense force--and a
Nazi agent. On one occasion he even met with Eichmann in Berlin. The Nazis
paid him for his information, mostly rather general political and economic
evaluations. Among other things, Eichmann quoted Folkes to the effect that
Zionist leaders were pleased by the persecution of German Jewry, since it
would encourage immigration to Palestine." (p. 30)

to be continued...

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