The Broken Promise Of A Promised Land
The process of Israel’s establishment on a mountain of subsequently broken promises — as a Jewish State in Palestine and its reprehensible reputation for being a brutal land and resource plundering settler-colonial, Apartheid enterprise — began being seriously inculcated into the world’s collective conscience with a series of presumptuous pronouncements following Zionism’s August 1897 “First Congress” in Basel, Switzerland.
One such example occurred in 1901 when Israel Zangwill, a British Zionist, insisted in the New Liberal Review that Palestine was “a country without a people; the Jews are a people without a country.” During a debate at the Article Club later that year, he asserted “Palestine has but a small population of Arabs and fellahin [peasants and farmers] and wandering, lawless, blackmailing Bedouin tribes.” Needless to say, unlike the Israelis, the Bedouin have never blackmailed, bribed, bullied, or perpetrated the ethnic cleansing of some other national group.
Yet despite its zealotic efforts and seditious propaganda, Zionism — with its extreme form of Jewish nationalism — initially enjoyed little support from key Jewish figures and was even criticised by both Western liberals and most of the preeminent Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox rabbis in Russia and Eastern Europe. After the end of the Second World War, however, revelations of the extent of Nazi atrocities presented Zionism with an opportunity to hijack, exceptionalise, and weaponise the Holocaust as a means of advancing its agenda for the Jewish settlement of Palestine
Zionism . . . promotes the narrative that the Nazi holocaust is exceptional in human history — despite it being one of many holocausts from Native Americans North and South to Armenia and Rwanda. It sets Jews apart from the victims and survivors of other genocides instead of uniting us with them . . . Billions of US dollars flow annually to Israel to sustain the occupation and Israel’s sophisticated and brutal army. The war machine they fund is a leader in the global arms industry, which drains resources craved by a world in desperate need of water, food, health care, housing and education.
International Jewish anti-Zionist Network Charter
By doing so, Zionism transformed the jewish victims of a Nazi perpetrated genocide into the perpetrators of a Zionist instigated genocide of Palestinian people: a type of genocide that was best defined by Raphael Lemkin:
The term does not necessarily signify mass killings . . . more often [genocide] refers to a coordinated plan aimed at destruction of the essential foundations of the life of national groups so that these groups wither and die like plants that have suffered a blight. The end may be accomplished by the forced disintegration of political and social institutions, of the culture of the people, of their language, their national feelings and their religion. It may be accomplished by wiping out all basis of personal security, liberty, health and dignity. When these means fail the machine gun can always be utilised as a last resort. Genocide is directed against a national group as an entity and the attack on individuals is only secondary to the annihilation of the national group to which they belong.
Raphael Lemkin (1900-1959), Polish-Jewish jurist, who in his book Axis Rule in Occupied Europe, coined the word “genocide” and subsequently served with the team of Americans working to prepare the Nuremberg trials.
In September 1948, shortly after Israel’s establishment, an Israeli army truck forcibly rounded up 14 Palestinian Bedouin farmers, drove them to an abandoned house, and shot them in cold blood: an atrocity that belied the nation’s earlier “Declaration of Establishment” and served as an arrogant warning to the to the rest of the world that god-chosen Israelis would not abide by any international law or be made accountable for their barbaric crimes against humanity.
“What will be seared into the consciousness of the world will be the image of Israel as a blood-stained monster, ready at any moment to commit war crimes and not prepared to abide by any moral restraints . . . ”
Uri Avnery, former Zionist Irgun paramilitary member
Zionism’s greatest achievement has not been the more than seven decades of persistent persecution of the indigenous Palestinian population and denial of its culture, history, existence, and human rights: an irrefutable fact that has been largely misrepresented if not totally ignored by unprincipled mainstream media prostitutes; that has been catastrophically tolerated by a world drenched in xenophobic thoughts, attitudes, and actions; that has been unconscionably financed by an inherently racist, degenerate, and declining US where democracy is suffocating and the “American Dream” has become a horrifying nightmare; and has been further facilitated by the double moral standards of a spineless EU which like the US is also subservient to the pernicious and predatory lobbying of powerful and cash-rich pro-Israel groups relentless in pursuit of Zionist objectives which are presented as conscientious concern — with the bogus claim of preventing another Holocaust — for the wellbeing and safety of all Jews.
No! Zionism’s greatest achievement — and at the expense of the rest of humanity — has its uncanny ability to silence virtually all justified criticism of its heinous criminality with unabashed chutzpah.