Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism (Part 2)

 

 

On the Formation of Israel

 

 

 

The Zionists claim that if the Palestinians had agreed to the partition plan of 1947 they would have had a state already in 1948. In reality while the Zionists said at the time that they agree to the partition, they never agreed to a Palestinian state. In 1947, Golda Meir met with King Abdullah of Jordan in order to agree how to divide between Israel and Jordan the lands allocated by the partition plan to the Palestinians.

 

According to a CIA report: "just days before Israel will declare its independence, Golda Meir, then Head of the Political Department of the Jewish Agency traveled to Amman to meet with King Abdullah of Transjordan. This was the second meeting between the two, with the first occurring in early November 1947 at Naharayim on the banks of the Jordan River[…] Abdullah shared the Zionist leadership’s fear of a Palestinian state led by the Mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin al Husayni emerging as a result of the UN Partition decision. […] The British announcement that they will end the Mandate and turn the Palestine issue over to the United Nations gives King Abdullah renewed hope that he will be able to expand his empire by taking over the Arab areas of Palestine. In the November 1947 meeting with Golda Meir, he states his intention to annex the Arab parts of Palestine. Meir responds that the Zionist leadership will not oppose that plan if it means that there would be no clashes between Jewish and Jordanian forces." [6]

 

Gershom Gorenberg in an article titled “The Mystery of 1948. Did Israel actually plan to expel most of its Arabs in 1948? Or not?” in which he claimed that the Zionist leaders did not plan the mass removal of the Palestinians, nevertheless wrote:

 

"In October 1947, telegram from Moshe Shertok was sent to David Ben-Gurion. Shertok was the “foreign minister” of the Jewish Agency, part of autonomous government of the Zionist settlements in Palestine; Ben-Gurion was head of the Agency. Shertok was in New York, where the final version of the partition plan was being hammered out. The plan allowed Arabs living in the Jewish state to opt for citizenship in the Arab state or the Jewish state, and for Jews living in the Arab state to do the same. Jerusalem residents could also choose to be citizens of one of the states. Were the U.N. plan to include a population transfer, that would be ideal, Shertok implies, but this was not in the cards. Since the Arabs would stay put, it would be best if they chose citizenship in the Arab state, so that they would not be able to vote in the Jewish one. Meanwhile, the Jewish political majority would be boosted by Jews living outside the state".

 

It should be no surprise that Zionist leaders thought about the forced uprooting of men, women and children in order to create ethnically homogenous state. It was part of the Zeitgeist. The original British proposal for dividing Palestine, submitted by the Peel Commission in 1937, (that was accepted by the Zionist leaders) included transfer of Arabs out of the Jewish state, and cited the forced exchange of 1.3 million Greeks and 400,000 Turks in 1923 as a positive precedent. [7]

 

Were the Zionists committed to the partition plan they would have allowed the Palestinian refugees to return at least to the lands allocated for a Palestinian state not to speak of returning to their lands occupied already before 1948. Instead they killed any Palestinian that tried to return to his land.

 

"By early May 1948, Shertok was speaking of the “astounding” and “unforeseen” Arab exodus, as if describing an unexpected inheritance. Going back to the status quo ante was unthinkable, he said. When Israel’s provisional government discussed the issue in June, the consensus was to prevent the refugees from returning. The policy was partly defensive, to avoid a fifth column. But in the June cabinet meeting, Shertok also described all “the lands and the houses” as “spoils of war,” and as compensation for what Jews had lost in a war forced on them". [8]

 

While the official line of the Zionists is that their land grabbing was done in self defense against the Arab armies that attacked Israel in May 1948, the Zionists were by far the more powerful and better organized force, and by May 1948, when the state of Israel was formally established, about 300,000 Palestinians already had been expelled from their homes or had fled the fighting, and the Zionists controlled a region well beyond the area of the original Jewish state that had been proposed by the UN. Now it's then that Israel was attacked by its neighbors - in May 1948; it's then, after the Zionists had taken control of this much larger part of the region and hundreds of thousands of civilians had been forced out, not before. [9]

 

 

 

Far Right’s Infatuation with Israel

 

 

 

The Zionist definition of Anti-Semitism is, by design, aimed at silencing and demonizing any opposition to Israel’s crimes by the left. History teaches us that this is very dangerous for Jews, as well as other minorities deemed “undesirable”, because it disarms them against the far right and the fascists who currently hate Muslims and Jews while admiring Israel.

 

For example, a German neo Nazi group calling itself National Socialists for Israel, stated: "A strong nation is worthy of life; an ailing nation deserves death," […]. "Deportations, pogroms and inquisitions were all understandable acts which were carried out by nations merely trying to defend themselves. That is also the context in which the event called the 'Holocaust' must be viewed… This does not justify it. Instead of destroying the Jews we should have taken every measure possible to support the Zionist movement. The group distributed stickers in Berlin with Israeli soldiers on them and the words, “A 2000-year struggle for survival. Respect those who have earned it." Another sticker has a picture of senior Nazi official Reinhard Heydrich, and under the words, "As a Nazi, I'm a Zionist." [10]

 

The British BNP’s leader Nick Griffin – formerly of the Holocaust denying National Front – in 2009 claimed that he had brought the party “from being, frankly, an anti-Semitic and racist organization into being the only political party which… stood full square behind Israel’s right to deal with Hamas terrorists”.

 

The English Defense League founder Tommy Robinson in 2011 recounted warmly that “in our first demonstrations… we flew the flag of Israel, the Star of David. In the first public speech I ever gave, I wore the Star of David in Leeds.”

 

Groups like the EDL and BNP have their roots in the neo-Nazi and fascist street gangs who have often been involved in attacks on people of color and immigrants. Many were, or are, also virulently anti-Semitic. For such groups to embrace the “Jewish state” is not so much of a contradiction as it may first appear. After all, the mission of Zionism was to remove Europe’s Jews from Europe – something anti-Semites also sought. [11]

 

Trump is known to be a strong supporter of Israel. Last year a mass far right demonstration took place in Charlottesville Virginia. Trump said about them and about those who oppose them “very fine people on both sides”. Thus he equated neo-Nazism with those fighting for racial equality. In his colloquy with the press, he was not calling neo-Nazis great folks but said that many of the Confederate-statue-loving protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, were not neo-Nazis at all. Somehow, these “fine people” got mixed in with white supremacists shouting, “Jews will not replace us.” [12]

 

 

 

The Israeli Government’s Infatuation with the Far Right

 

 

 

It is not only that the far right, including some Neo Nazis organizations love Israel, but the Israeli government and the Zionist movement endorse these right wing organizations.

 

In November 2017, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) hosted a gala dinner in New York City honoring Stephen Bannon, US President Donald Trump's then-chief strategist. Bannon and his media outlet Breitbart News were, and still are, seen by many as anti-Semitic was of no consequence to Zionist leaders from the US and Israel, who were in attendance. [13]

 

In Europe, Israel is actively pursuing alliances with far-right groups and parties as a state policy. During the Ariel Sharon government in the early 2000s, Italian post-fascist Gianfranco Fini paid a visit to Israel. At that time Fini, the leader of the Movimento Sociale Italiano (Italian Social Movement), the ideological successor of the anti-Semitic Fascist Party, was trying to change the image of his movement. He started by changing the name to the "National Alliance" and then, to solidify its new image, he embarked on a trip to Israel, in the company of Amos Luzzatto, the head of the Italian Jewish community.

 

This party was replaced by the far-right League Party under the leadership of the Matteo Salvini. Salvini too went through the same political baptism by Israel as Fini did. In March 2016, he came to Tel Aviv to launch his political career.

 

The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has also been in the process of establishing solid ties with Israel, despite its racist views.

 

"[T]he party derided for anti-Semitic, xenophobic views redolent of the Nazis is also staunchly supportive of Israel," reported the Times of Israel. "[It is] one of a number of right-wing populist parties in Europe that have tried to make common cause with Israel's tough stance toward terror and self-styled position as a forward bulwark against Islamic extremism." The AfD, enthusiastically launched a campaign pushing for the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.” [14]

 

In Eastern Europe, Israel has also reached out to Hungarian PM Viktor Orban, who for the past few years has been leading a vicious political campaign against the Jewish Hungarian American financier, George Soros. Accusations of anti-Semitism against Orban and his party did not deter PM Benjamin Netanyahu from visiting him in Budapest in July last year. Israel has also armed the Azov battalion, a neo-Nazi paramilitary organisation in Ukraine. [15]

 

Another great friend of Israel is the president of the Philippines Duterte who drew outrage in 2016 when he compared his anti-drug campaign to the Nazi genocide of Jews in World War II and said he would be "happy to slaughter" 3 million addicts. He was officially welcomed by Minister of Communications Ayoob Kara who said:

 

"Welcome to the Land of Israel and to Holy Jerusalem—the capital of Israel. The people of Israel love you because you are a supporter of Israel. Your country was the only one in the East that supported Israel's independence and sided with us at the UN and UNESCO throughout the years." [16]

 

It is not only the right wing government of Israel that endorse racist and far right parties and governments, but Yitzhak Rabin, the left wing Zionist, when he was a prime minister, supported the apartheid regime in South Africa. In 1976, Israel invited the South African prime minister, John Vorster - a former Nazi sympathiser and a commander of the fascist Ossewabrandwag that sided with Hitler - to make a state visit.

 

The National Party (NP) in the early 1950s, introduced legislation reminiscent of Hitler's Nuremberg laws against Jews: the population registration act that classified South Africans according to race, legislation that forbade sex and marriage across the color line and laws barring black people from many jobs.

 

For decades, the Zionist Federation and Jewish Board of Deputies in South Africa honored men such as Percy Yutar, who prosecuted Nelson Mandela for sabotage and conspiracy against the state in 1963 and sent him to jail. Yutar went on to become attorney general of the Orange Free State and then of the Transvaal.

 

He was elected president of Johannesburg's largest orthodox synagogue. Some Jewish leaders hailed him as a "credit to the community" and a symbol of the Jews' contribution to South Africa. Vorster's visit laid the ground for a collaboration that transformed the Israel-South Africa axis into a leading weapons developer and a force in the international arms trade. Liel, who headed the Israeli foreign ministry's South Africa desk in the 1980s, said that the Israeli security establishment came to believe that the Jewish state may not have survived without the relationship with the Afrikaners.

 

"We created the South African arms industry," said Liel. "They assisted us to develop all kinds of technology because they had a lot of money. When we were developing things together we usually gave the know-how and they gave the money. After 1976, there was a love affair between the security establishments of the two countries and their armies. We were involved in Angola as consultants to the [South African] army. You had Israeli officers there cooperating with the army. The link was very intimate."

 

Alongside the state-owned factories manufacturing for South Africa was Kibbutz Beit Alfa, which developed a profitable industry selling anti-riot vehicles for use against protesters in the black townships.

 

The biggest secret of all was the nuclear one. Israel provided expertise and technology that was central to South Africa's development of its nuclear bombs. Israel was embarrassed enough about its close association with a political movement rooted in racial ideology to keep the military collaboration hidden.

 

"All that I'm telling you was completely secret," said Liel. "The knowledge of it was extremely limited to a small number of people outside the security establishment. But it so happened that many of our prime ministers were part of it, so if you take people such as [Shimon] Peres or Rabin, certainly they knew about it because they were part of the security establishment. At the UN we kept saying: we are against apartheid, as Jewish people who suffered from the Holocaust this is intolerable. But our security establishment kept cooperating."

 

So did many politicians. Israeli cities found twins in South Africa, and Israel was alone among western nations in allowing the black Bantustan of Bophuthatswana to open an "embassy".

 

By the 1980s, Israel and South Africa echoed each other in justifying the domination of other peoples. Both said that their own peoples faced annihilation from external forces - in South Africa by black African governments and communism; in Israel, by Arab states and Islam. [17]

 

Israel has a long history of supporting military coups in Africa. "Israel itself helped install Amin in power, creating a monster who turned on his former patrons." [18]

 

Israel aided the military regime that ruled Argentina from 1976 to 1983, including by providing arms. This regime during the "dirty war" murdered left wingers with many Jews. [19]

 

Last year two Israeli women, Lily Traubman and her daughter Tamara Santos Traubman, who immigrated to Israel from Chile, demanded that Israel’s attorney general open a criminal investigation into Israeli officials who were involved in arms deals with the regime of Augusto Pinochet, for aiding and abetting crimes against humanity. The two women moved to Israel in the 1970s after being persecuted by the Pinochet regime, which also had Lily’s father disappear. [20]

 

Thus, while Israel accuses those who oppose it of Anti-Semitism, it itself has forged strong connections with the real Anti-Semites. Anyone who examines the history of the Zionist movement with the Anti-Semites will discover a horror story of collaboration.

 

 

 

References:

[6] https://israeled.org/golda-meir-secret-meeting-king-abdullah-amman/

 

[7] https://tinyurl.com/y9gzma97

 

[8] ibid.

 

[9] https://tinyurl.com/yd7q9xpb

 

[10] http://jewcy.com/jewish-religion-and-beliefs/neo_nazis_love_israel

 

[11] https://tinyurl.com/yb85x3t3

 

[12] https://tinyurl.com/yadhtrvs

 

[13] ibid.

 

[14] https://tinyurl.com/yburcnsg

 

[15] ibid.

 

[16] https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5339909,00.html

 

[17] https://www.theguardian.com/world/2006/feb/07/southafrica.israel

 

[18] https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/idi-amins-israeli-connection

 

[19] https://tinyurl.com/yb3lrvbj

 

[20] https://tinyurl.com/yb9tsfal