[Marxism] Re: How to answer these questions?
brian_shannon at verizon.net
Fri Aug 4 22:04:44 MDT 2006
How about looking at this in terms of truth, logic and defensive
All Zionists are Jews (putting aside Christian Zionists who we can
omit for this discussion). But not all Jews are Zionist. In fact, a
growing minority are not.
It is in the interest of the Arab masses to defeat the Zionist
enterprise. Political organizations can best aid this by referring to
those Jews who defend the present state of Israel and its policies as
Zionists because it would help separate some Jews from these
Zionists, present a more democratic face to not only the Jews of
Israel but to the Jews of the world, and it politically corresponds
to the needs of the Arab masses.
In also corresponds to the truth of the situation -- without
demagoguery. There is no reason to use a term that hurts you instead
of benefitting you if the term that can be more easily defended is
also able to fully express your political needs. Thus, one defends
oneself from fascists; you don't beat them up. You defend your
nation; you don't kill the invader -- even though killing goes on.
Most people on this list know the drill.
However, there is no need to continually harp on this. It is best
done by regularly using the more correct terminology. It can also be
done by explaining why the term Zionist is the better term. But one
does not have to do this by directly confronting some individual or
organization that writes or speaks in different terms.
It can be an article in a paper or on the internet. It can be an
aside in a speech or on a panel in response to someone in the
audience. It can be presented as a more effective strategy rather
than a criticism of identified individuals or organizations who
differ in rhetoric.
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