[Marxism] Socialism and Democracy
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Zionism’s murderous legacy
George Anthony on the history of anti-Semitism and Israel
Islip Political Newsletter November 2000
Anti-Semitism is the oldest world prejudice. Apart from the evils of the
ancient Egyptians and the Spanish Inquisition: the England of the 1300s and King
Richard called the Lion Heart, was the first with the word “holocaustem”
and applied it to the luckless Jews of the time. Closely followed by King
Edward 1, conqueror of William Wallace, who forced the Jews of his era to wear
ycllow badges prior to hanging 300 of them in of London then deporting and
drowning 3,000 in the Thames.
Anti-Semitism is an evil confirmed by the death camps of the Holocaust.
The Nazi phrase inscribed over the gates of Auschwitz. "Arbeit Macht Frei”,
surely the depths of an evil cynicism .
Growing up in the London Borough of Hackney during the 30s and 40' s. I saw
without comprehending, the gradual spread of the Jewish community from their
original "haven" of Stepney to escape the pogroms of Tsarist Russia. In both
boroughs the Communist Party was firmly based on their large Jewish
communities. It was in both that heavy defeats were inflicted on the
Mosleyite British Union of Fascists at Cable Street and Ridley Road.
Having said that, anti-Semitism was widespread amongst the area's
working class. Indeed my father, a soldier who had served in India. Brought met
up on a regular diet of hating Jews and coloureds. In rebelling against this I
joined the Young Communist League at 17. There 1 discovered a new world of
knowledge and enlightenment. Among those experiences was one with the
Hashomair Hatsair, a left wing Zionist organisation that met in a house on the corner
of Nightingale Road and Brook Road in Hackney. There I had many a brush
over the "Jews are a Nation`" and "No they're not. they're a religion"
and what about Biribejan?” (a failed Jewish homeland in the Soviet
Union). Little did I foresee the import at a later date of those
Later. I lived in Stamford Hill (a recruiting ground for "settlers'').
alongside "froomers" "Galitziana cowboys" and the "sheitel brigade"
(versions of orthodox Jewry). who treat their women folk as second class
citizens. And alongside a "schule" for young Rabbi's. There I came up against an
ignorance that beggared belief. For instance, "that together the Russians
and Germans fought the Jews in the last war". It was then that I began to
examine my views about Israel and Zionism.
Gertrude Elias. who wrote regularly in the Islip Newsletter: although some
of her best friends had died in Auschwitz. had no doubts about it. Peter
Ustinov describing the Arabs as the last victims of the Holocaust", and Sam
Khan of the South African Communist Party telling me. "When Israel is in
trouble, they invoke the Holocaust". And now this latest explosion on
the West Bank has brought me to an agonising reappraisal. For even the
"Left" and peace movement in Israel are blind to Palestinian rights.
Generations of discrimination. (stirred up the Catholic Church). created a
yearning for a "Nirvana" called Israel, a land "flowing with milk and honey”,
the biblical home of Jewish descendents of the ancient Jewish kingdoms
of David and Solomon It has attracted as a magnet. East and West
alike after oppression, real or imagined.
So you might ask, why are young Israelis, those in the army particularly,
able to treat the Arab people's as their "Untermensch"? After _all, it_
(http://all.it/) had a progressive role in 1945. the Soviet Union. having
liberated most of the death camps, and not unaffected by these horrors, being the
first to recognise the state of Israel.
The Jews are not a nation The prominent French writer Philippe de Saint
Robert wrote in 1970 that "From Herzel to Ben Gurion, the founders and realisers
of Zionism were not believers; they were the conscious and organised
initiators of an entirely political enterprise which, prior to clinging to
British imperialism, did not fail to offer its services to Kaiser
There it is. Israel was never about the Jewish religion. But a conspiracy
to create a gendarme state amongst the "unreliable" indigenous Middle East
states and to protect oil interests. This has been proclaimed consistently
since the official foundation of the World Zionist Organisation in
August 1897. Theodore Herzel writing to Cecil Rhodes "I believe that the
Zionist idea,...is a colonial.. idea". That the Zionist programme in Palestine
should "form a portion of a rampart of Europe against Asia" and be "an
outpost of civilisation as opposed to barbarism".
The Balfour Declaration of November 2nd 1917, made just a few days before
the October Socialist . Revolution, was an agreement to _form, in_
(http://form.in/) due time, a "Jewish national home". to free the British Government
from the commitment (made to the Arabs bv T.E.Lawrence to motivate the Arab
nations to fight Turkey), to make Palestine into an Arab state.
In 1920. while Churchill was Secretary for War and Air, he wrote that
"Zionism was the answer to international communism and that Zionism must therefore
win the soul of the Jewish people"
General Patrick Hurley told President Roosevelt in May 1943: "the Zionists
envisage Jewish leadership for the whole Middle East in the fields of
economic development and control." In 1945, the US Senator Edwin C.
Johnson said, "a Jewish Palestine is needed as an anchor and bulwark in the
In 1973. Israeli Prime Minister. Golda Meir. explained that "Israel
is really a safeguard for the maintenance of American interests in the area.
and the first line of defence for American interests in the Mediterranean
basin". A former Israeli Minister of Defence_Ezer Weizman. went further.
"Washington doesn't need to ask us for bases; without being asked. Israel will
give the United States everything it requires."
Zionists use Anti-Semitism
Hannah Arendt. the U.S political commentator. wrote that Adolf Eichmann
despised the Assimilationists. that the Orthodox Jews bored him- but he
loved the Zionists because they were "idealists'- like him. The fathers of
Zionism using anti-Semitism as a recruiter to Israel. In 1952, the
editor of the social Zionist newspaper Davar. Wrote, "If I had the _power, as_
(http://power.as/) I have the will. I would select a score of young men,
intelligent, decent, devoted to our ideal and burning with the desire to help
redeem Jews. I would send them to the countries where Jews are absorbed in sinful
self satisfaction, The task of these young men would be to disguise
Themselves as non-Jews, and plague Jews with anti-Semitic slogans, such as
Bloody Jew, “Jew- go to Palestine”.
They have made it clear that to make room for these would be
immigrants, the Arabs have to be banished. In 1973, Chief of the Israeli General
Staff. Movshe Dayan said." Zionism is being realised at the expense of
the Arabs". Sentiments echoed by former Prime Minister Menachin Begin, when he
said, "You should never be kind to the _Arabs, so_ (http://arabs.so/) that
we may undermine the so-called Arab culture. On whose ruins we shall build a
civilisation of our own". Dr David Hacohen. a prominent member of the
social-Zionist Labour Party, told Tory MP R.J. Maxwell Hyslop. (as reported in
the "Times" of November 28th 1975). "The Arabs are not human beings. they are
not people, they are Arabs'". In 1919. Zionist leader, Nalnun Sokolow
wrote, "Absolute purity does not exist, but relatively the Jews are
doubtless the purest race among civilised nations". David Bell Gurion, the first
Israeli head of government declared in 1957 that "1 believe in our moral and
intellectual _superioritv, in_ (http://superioritv.in/) our capacity to serve
as a model for the redemption of the human race".
In this racist jungle, Eastern Jews are also discriminated against. and
although making up 60% of the primary school intake only 3% reach a
university campus. And their per capita income is half that of the European Jewry.
Furthermore 78% of Jewish children living in poverty are from African and Asian
Detailed studies of the Oslo Peace Agreements. made by Professor Alain Jose
of the French Centre for Research on Peace and Strategic Studies, show that
the Benjamin Netanyahu agreements to withdraw from West Bank Israeli occupied
land, including water, have all been reneged on by Ehud Barak. Professor
Joxe concluding they were fakes to hide a worsening life for the
Palestinans. The “settler” population doubling to 150,000. since the Oslo
agreement of September 1995. Now Ariel Sharon, butcher of refugees in the Sabra and
Chatila refugee camps in 1982, gains the upper hand.
To confirm their support, in the middle of the present slaughter, the
"Arizona Jewish Post" of November 3rd. reporting that the outgoing US Congress
votes $1.98 billion in military and $834 million in economic aid to Israel. Also
$2.22 billion to Egypt and Jordan. Furthermore drawing up plans to block
aid to Palestine should they unilaterally declare for an independent state.
Is it any wonder then, that Israeli leaders like Prime Minister Goleta Meir
saying in 1975, that the UN Resolutions on the Middle East. are
In conclusion. the present intifada" is a constantly changing scene. with
constantly changing, international repercussions (the price of oil is a
reliable barometer). This time the Palestinian's have machine guns, and
Hizbollah the ability to penetrate the Israeli army. But what are they to tanks and
helicopter gun ships? Furthermore the richest and most powerful countries.
Egypt and Saudi Arabia. (medieval style executioners) have been bought
off by the almighty dollar, salving their consciences by giving Palestine 1
Only an alliance between the populations of the Arab States, including
the 20% in Israel itself; the Arab leaders in opposition to US hegemony,
and last, but by no means least, world opinion, can persuade Israel to live in
harmony with their Arab neighbours, on the basis of equal rights for all the
people of the Middle East. But it will be a long haul.
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