I suppose I'm swimming in unwelcoming waters here. But I ask everyone to lend me his ear, if only for a few paragraphs.
I am not a Jew and I am an anti-Zionist. Let me try to guess your reaction:"Why ? Zionists are defending Jews against daily threats from Arabs in Palestine. Why would you want Zionists to leave Israelis alone with mortal threats?"
I agree that Israelis are in danger. But let us put things back in perspective for a very little while.
Zionists didn't spring up from nowhere yesterday. They have been in power for sixty years; they have tried to create this state for more than a hundred years.
Again, I'm guessing some will say: so what ?
So, considering that Zionists have had power for sixty years, and anti-Semitism has risen in Palestine, this raises the following, difficult question: is it not possible that Zionism, instead of drawing Palestinians to its cause, antagonized them all these years? Zionism is, after all, a nationalism.
And we have certainly seen other similar cases of hatred induced by other nationalisms. For instance, the National Front in France has created many problems for whites who incidentally did not necessarily approve of its positions on immigration. The Germans are constantly reviled in American circles, because of what the National Socialists did in their names. During a trip to Italy, a kid said he was sorry, and that he did not speak Fascist. Again, we see how nationalism hurts an entire people, and turns the rest of the world against it.
It is my view, therefore, that Zionism breeds anti-Semitism. For that reason, I oppose the Zionist State. I do not call it Israel, for that is a religious name that belongs to all Jews, and not just to those agreeing to Zionism. I also do not call the Zionist State the Hebrew State, or the Jewish State, for the same reason: not all Jews approve of the Zionist State.
I want Zionism to return to its original marginal status; I want Arabs and Jews to have equal rights in a single country. I want peace and democracy, freedom and equality. One of the American founding fathers said: commerce and friendship with all nations. It is time to put that to practice, once again.
Jan 19 2009 - 1:21pm