A Monument to anti-Semitism
delegates to the United Nations World Conference against Racism,
Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance will assemble
in Durban, South Africa, and possibly debate a resolution equating
Zionism with racism.
we should have to debate this issue in 2001 is regrettable, for
the General Assembly has already decided the matter. On Nov. 10,
1975, it passed Resolution 3379, which, among other things, reaffirmed
the UN's condemnation of the "unholy alliance between South African
racism and Zionism," (Resolution 3151G, 1953), and further condemned
"any doctrine of racial differentiation or superiority [to be] scientifically
false, morally condemnable, socially unjust and dangerous," (Res.
more regrettable is the reticence of Mary Robinson, United Nations
High Commissioner for Human Rights, to revisit the issue: "If there
is an attempt to revive the idea of Zionism as racism we will not
have a successful conference." (Toronto Globe and Mail, July 28).
that a conference that wilfully ignored the worst sustained human
rights violation of the last 60 years is irredeemably compromised.
By this wilful sin of omission it will tacitly condone the very
kind racism it purports to abhor.
a cursory examination of the Zionist enterprise and statements by
its practitioners provides ample prima facie proof that Zionism
is, has been, and will always be, racist.
the process of expropriation and removal of the poor must be carried
out discreetly and circumspectly." Theodore Herzl in The Complete
Diaries, Chapter I, p. 88.
Palestinian refugees will find their place in the Diaspora. Those
who can resist will live thanks to natural selection. The others
will simply crumble. Some of them will persist, but the majority
will be a human heap, the scum of the earth, and will sink into
the lowest levels of the Arab world," Near East Department of the
Israeli government, 1948.
is no other way than to transfer the Arabs from here to the neighbouring
countries, to transfer all of them; not one village, not one tribe,
should be left." Joseph Weitz, the Jewish National Fund administrator
for Zionist colonization (1967), from My Diary and Letters to the
Children, Chapter III, p. 293.
only good Arab is a dead Arab...When we have settled the land, all
the Arabs will be able to do about it will be to scurry around like
drugged cockroaches in a bottle," Rafael Eitan, Likud leader of
the Tsomet faction (1981) in Noam Chomsky, Fateful Triangle, pp
is forbidden to be merciful to them, you must give them missiles,
with relish - annihilate them. Evil ones, damnable ones. May the
Holy Name visit retribution on the Arabs' heads, and cause their
seed to be lost, and annihilate them, and cause them to be vanquished
and cause them to be cast from the world," Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, founder
and spiritual leader of the Shas party, Ma'ariv, April, 9, 2001.
reaction to Yosef's statements, Interior minister Eli Yesha said
supportively: "They reflected the overall state of thinking of the
Israeli Jewish society."
five citations, from Herzl to the present, show that Zionism is,
at root, a conscious war of extermination and expropriation against
a native civilian population. In the modern vernacular, Zionism
is the theory and practice of "ethnic cleansing," which the UN has
defined as a war crime.
justice doesn't always win against a determined campaign of disinformation
and intimidation. In 1991, under intense pressure from Israel and
the North American Jewish lobby, the UN reversed itself on Zionism,
thereby denying the truth it spoke 16 years earlier.
Zionist argument, then as now, consists of the falsehood that the
UN's action itself constituted an act of racism. Zionism, we are
told, is merely the national expression of Jewish self-determination.
Thus, to condemn Zionism is to condemn all Jewry--an act of "anti-Semitism."
epithet "anti-Semitism" is hurled to silence anyone, even other
Jews, brave enough to decry Israel's systematic, decades-long pogrom
against the Palestinian Arabs. Because of the Holocaust, "anti-Semitism"
is such a powerful instrument of emotional blackmail that it effectively
pre-empts rational discussion of Israel and its conduct.
is for this reason that many good people can witness daily evidence
of Israeli inhumanity toward the "Palestinians' collective punishment,"
destruction of olive groves, routine harassment, judicial prejudice,
denial of medical services, assassinations, torture, apartheid-based
segregation, etc. -- yet not denounce it for fear of being branded
be free to acknowledge Zionism's racist nature, therefore, one must
debunk the calumny of "anti-Semitism." Once this is done, not only
will the criminality of Israel be undeniable, but Israel, itself,
will be shown to be the embodiment of the very anti-Semitism it
purports to condemn.
as anti-Semitism (general case)
we need to rectify one major misunderstanding. The words "Semite"
and "Semitic" refer to more than Jews and Jewishness. Strictly speaking,
"Semitic" is a linguistic term denoting a family of Afro-Asiatic
languages, of which we have today Arabic, Hebrew, Maltese, and the
South Arabic languages of northern Ethiopia.
Semitic languages included Akkadian, Sumerian, Canaanite, Amorite,
Ugaritic, Phoenician, Punic, Aramaic, as well as ancient Hebrew
anyone who spoke or speaks these languages is by definition a Semite,
though the term only came into use in 1813. In the case of the Middle
East, Semites include the Palestinian Arabs. Not only do they speak
a Semitic language (Arabic), but they are the direct blood descendants
of the Canaanites, whom we know as the Philistines.
the Zionist Jews who founded Israel are another matter. For the
most part, they are not Semites, and their language (Yiddish) is
not Semitic. These Ashkenazi ("German") Jews -- as opposed to the
Sephardic ("Spanish") Jews -- have no connection whatever to any
of the aforementioned ancient peoples or languages.
are mostly East European Slavs descended from the Khazars, a nomadic
Turko-Finnic people that migrated out of the Caucasus in the second
century and came to settle, broadly speaking, in what is now Southern
Russia and Ukraine.
A.D. 740, the khagan (ruler) of Khazaria, decided that paganism
wasn't good enough for his people and decided to adopt one of the
"heavenly" religions: Judaism, Christianity or Islam. After a process
of elimination he chose Judaism, and from that point the Khazars
adopted Judaism as the official state religion.
history of the Khazars and their conversion is a documented, undisputed
part of Jewish history, but it is never publicly discussed. It is,
as former U.S. State Department official Alfred M. Lilienthal declared,
"Israel's Achilles heel," for it proves that Zionists have no claim
to the land of the Biblical Hebrews.
what we know as the "Jewish State" of Israel is really an ethnocentric
garrison state established by a non-Semitic people for the declared
purpose of dispossessing and terrorizing a civilian Semitic people.
In fact from Nov. 27, 1947, to May 15, 1948, more that 300,000 Arabs
were forced from their homes and villages. By the end of the year,
the number was close to 800,000 by Israeli estimates. Today, Palestinian
refugees number in the millions.
the Jews knew they were committing a criminal act is shown by a
eulogy Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan delivered for a Jew killed by
Arabs on the Gaza border in 1956:
us not heap accusations on the murderers," he said. "How can we
complain about their deep hatred for us? For eight years they have
been sitting in the Gaza refugee camps, and before their very eyes,
we are possessing the land and the villages where they and their
ancestors have lived. We are the generation of colonizers, and without
the steel helmet and the gun barrel we cannot plant a tree and build
April 1969, Dayan told the Jewish newspaper Ha'aretz: "There is
not one single place built in this country that did not have a former
the equation of Zionism with racism is founded on solid historical
evidence, and the charge of anti-Semitism is absurd.
as anti-Semitism (specific case)
the preceding evidence, Zionists still have one rhetorical weapon
that must be defused: the claim that the state of Israel is necessary
because Jews need a safe haven from "anti-Semitism" in the non-Jewish
world. Zionists insist that anti-Semitism is solely a crime against
Jews, and that criticism of Zionism is by definition an attack upon
Jews, a denigration of the Holocaust, and therefore "anti-Semitic."
image of Israel as a necessary bastion for Jews is compelling enough
to convince reasonable people that equating Zionism with racism
is morally wrong. This was especially true in the immediate post-war
world: "Generally speaking, the Zionists succeeded in persuading
large segments of world public opinion to link the Zionist cause
with the Holocaust," wrote Professor Ilan Papp of Haifa University.
"Against such a claim, even able Palestinian diplomats -- and there
were not many in those days -- could hardly win the diplomatic game."
The Journal of Palestine Studies (Winter 1997).
equation of Zionism with the Holocaust, though, is based on a false
presumption. Far from being a haven for all Jews, Israel is founded
by Zionist Jews who helped the Nazis fill the gas chambers and stoke
the ovens of the death camps. Israel would not be possible today
if the World Zionist Congress and other Zionist agencies hadn't
formed common cause with Hitler's exterminators to rid Europe of
exchange for helping round up non-Zionist Jews, sabotage Jewish
resistance movements, and betray the trust of Jews, Zionists secured
for themselves safe passage to Palestine. This arrangement was formalized
in a number of emigration agreements signed in 1938. The most notorious
case of Zionist collusion concerned Dr. Rudolph Kastner Chairman
of the Zionist Organization in Hungary from 1943-45. To secure the
safe passage of 600 Zionists to Palestine, he helped the Nazis send
800,000 Hungarian Jews to their deaths. The Israeli Supreme Court
officially whitewashed Kastner's crimes because to admit them would
have denied Israel the moral right to exist.
the Jewish-Israeli scholar Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi wrote: "Out of
the original sins of the world against the Jews grew the original
sins of Zionism against the Palestinians: Its memory poisons the
blood and marks every moment of existence." (Original Sins -- Reflections
of the History of Zionism and Israel. p. 216.)
this horror seems incredible or aberrant, it shouldn't. In a letter
to the Zionist executive on Dec. 17, 1938, David Ben-Gurion stated
it openly and unapologetically: "The saving of Jewish lives from
Hitler is considered here as a potential threat to Zionism, unless
they are brought to Palestine. When Zionism had to choose between
the Jewish people and the Jewish state, it unhesitatingly preferred
accepts anti-Semitism as the natural, normal attitude of the non-Jewish
world toward the Jew. It does not consider it as a distorted, perverted
phenomenon; it is a response to anti-Semitism, but not a confrontation,
denunciation or fight against it." (Faris Yahya, Zionist Relations
with Nazi Germany, p. 78.)
today, pro-Israeli journalists and publishers play up acts of violence
against Jews to give the illusion that anti-Semitism is rampant
and to manufacture consent for Zionism as a virtuous, necessary
ideology. Journalists who try present a balanced view of Israel,
to say nothing of a critical one, are silenced or terrorized. This
goes for Jews as well as non-Jews.
Nov. 10, 2000, the American-Jewish editor in chief of the Kansas
City Jewish Chronicle, Debbie Ducro, published an impassioned 1,150
word article from another Jew decrying Israeli atrocities against
the Palestinians. The writer, Judith Stone, even used the term Israeli
Shoah, to draw allusion to Hitler's genocidal war against the Jews.
Ducro was fired on Nov. 11.
San Francisco, Rabbi Michael Lerner has endured death threats and
vicious harassment from right-wing Jews because he gives voice to
Palestinian views on his website and in the magazine Tikkun.
Israeli web site called 'self-hate' has identified me as one of
the five enemies of the Jewish people, and printed my home address
and driving instructions on how to get to my home," wrote Lerner
in a May 13 e-mail. "We reported this to the police, the Israeli
consulate, and to the Anti Defamation league. The ADL said it wasn't
their concern because this was not a 'hate crime.'
a typical letter that Lerner said Tikkun received: "You subhuman
leftist animals. You should all be exterminated. You are the lowest
of the low life" (David Raziel in Hebron).
anyone other than a Jew had written this, you can be sure that the
ADL and any other Jewish lobby groups would have gone into full
attack mode. In other words, when non-Jews slander and threaten
Jews, it's called "anti-Semitism" and "hate crime'; when Zionists
slander and threaten Jews, nobody is supposed to notice.
crimes occur when cruelty is made to appear honourable, and good
people stand by and do nothing to stop it.
world watched as the Nazis unleashed state-sanctioned terrorism
against the Jews, who were deemed to be sub-human (Untermenschen)
- not worthy of dignity, respect or legal protection under the law.
To kill a Jew, to destroy his livelihood, to force him and his family
out of their homes - these were accepted, sanctioned forms of conduct
by citizens of the German Reich to rid Europe of a specific group
the world watches as Israelis unleash state-sanctioned terrorism
against Palestinians, who are deemed to be sub-human (Untermenschen)
- not worthy of dignity, respect or legal protection under the law.
(See citations above.) To kill a Palestinian, to destroy his livelihood,
to force him and his family out of their homes - these are accepted,
sanctioned forms of conduct by citizens of the Zionist Reich designed
to rid Palestine of a specific group of people.
Nazism is racist and deserving of absolute censure, then so is Zionism,
for they are both fruit of the poisonous tree of fascism. It cannot
be considered "anti-Semitic" to acknowledge this fact.
condemn Israeli terrorism, does not in any way imply animus against
Jews; neither does it attempt to diminish the Holocaust. In fact,
the opposite is true. Zionists did nothing to aid non-Zionist survivors
of the death camps, and did everything they could to coerce them
to come to Palestine. For Zionists, the only Jew worth saving from
the camps was one who wanted to build the Jewish State.
famed violinist Lord Yehudi Menuhin told the French newspaper Le
Figaro in January 1988: "It is extraordinary how nothing ever dies
completely. Even the evil which prevailed yesterday in Nazi Germany
is gaining ground in that country [Israel] today."
it to have any moral authority, the UN must equate Zionism with
racism. If it doesn't, it tacitly condones Israel's war of extermination
against the Palestinians.
Greg Felton is a Canadian editorialist on international politics,
especially the Middle East.