[Marxism] Socialism and Democracy

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Fri Feb 23 22:25:10 MST 2007

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 
fre­quent  exchanges. 
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 
Wilhelm II". 
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 
Mid­dle  East". 
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 
billion dollars. 
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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