United against (Na)zionism


«Orthodox Jewry has not the slightest intention of subjugating any section of the population of the Holy Land. We merely demand that the gates of Palestine be opened to all those Jews who have no home and enable them to live here Jewish lives in accordance with the commandments of the L-rd. However in order to avoid the continuation of the untenable position as set out in the last paragraph of section 4 we suggest that the keys of Jewish immigration be placed into the hands of the Government of this country.
We furthermore wish to express our definite opposition to a Jewish state in any part of Palestine.»
– Chief Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Dushinsky, statement to the U.N. Special Comittee on Palestine, July 16, 1947, taken from the United Nations Trusteeship Library.


Genocide and deportation all over again:

«From beginning to end, it involved acting as if the Palestinian people not only must not exist, but had never existed.

The conquerors were those who had themselves suffered the greatest genocide in history. Of this genocide the Zionists have made an absolute evil (italics in original). But transforming the greatest genocide in history into an absolute evil is a religious and mystical vision, not a historical vision. It doesn’t stop the evil; on the contrary, it spreads the evil, makes it fall once again on other innocents, demands reparation that makes these others suffer part of what the Jews suffered (expulsion, restriction to ghettos, disappearance as a people). With “colder” means than genocide, one ends up with the same result.

The United States and Europe owed reparation to the Jews. And they made a people, about whom the least that could be said is that they had no hand in and were singularly innocent of any holocaust and hadn’t even heard of it, pay this reparation. It’s there that the grotesque begins, as well as the violence. (…)

And later, they will act as if the expelled Palestinians came from outside, they will speak of the first war of resistance that the Palestinians led all alone. Since they haven’t recognized Israel’s right, they will be made into descendants of Hitler. But Israel reserves the right to deny their existence in fact. Here begins a fiction that had to stretch further and further, and to weigh on all those who defended the Palestinian cause. This fiction, this wager of Israel’s, was to make all those who would contest the de facto conditions and actions of the Zionist state appear as anti-Semites.

From the start, Israel has never concealed its goal: to empty the Palestinian territory. And better, to act as if the Palestinian territory were empty, always destined for the Zionists. It was clearly a matter of colonization, but not in the nineteenth-century European sense: the local inhabitants would not be exploited, they would be made to leave. (…)

It’s a genocide, but one in which physical extermination remains subordinated to geographical evacuation: being only Arabs in general, the surviving Palestinians must go merge with other Arabs. (…)

The complicity of the United States with Israel does not arise solely from the Zionist lobby. Elias Sanbar (Revue d’Etudes Palestiniennes) has shown clearly how the United States rediscovered in Israel an aspect of its own history: the extermination of the Indians which, there as well, was only in part physical. It was a matter of emptying, as if there had never been an Indian except in the ghettos which were made for them as immigrants from inside. In many respects, the Palestinians are the new Indians, the Indians of Israel. (…)

But the Palestinian people will not lose their identity without creating in its place a double terrorism, of the state and of religion, which will profit from its disappearance and render impossible any peaceful settlement with Israel. (…) Israel will not escape merely morally divided and economically disorganized, it will find itself faced with the mirror of its own intolerance.»

Gilles Deleuze, “The Grandeur of Yasser Arafat“, 1984.

Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss, activist and spokesman of Neturei Karta, an anti-Zionist grouping, based in New York.

“It is dangerous deviation to pretend that the Iranian president [Mahmoud Ahmadinejad] is anti-Jewish and anti-Semitic. He is extremely friendly and he understands the difference between the Zionists and the Jews who do not embrace the state of Israel… We don’t look at him as an enemy.”
Weiss, statement to Iran’s official IRIB radio, March 2006, quoted in New York Rabbi Finds Friends in Iran and Enemies at Home – New York Times – January 15, 2007.

“The Zionists use the Holocaust issue to their benefit. We, Jews who perished in the Holocaust, do not use it to advance our interests. We stress that there are hundreds of thousands Jews around the world who identify with our opposition to the Zionist ideology and who feel that Zionism is not Jewish, but a political agenda…What we want is not a withdrawal to the ’67 borders, but to everything included in it, so the country can go back to the Palestinians and we could live with them…”
Weiss, Neturei Karta in Iran: Zionists use Holocaust by Roee Nahmias, YNetNews, March 12, 2006.

«Now maybe I can say that at the discussion of the holocaust, I may be the representative, the voice of the people who died in the holocaust because my grandparents died there. They were killed in Auschwitz. My parents were from Hungary. My father escaped and his parents remained. He wasn’t able to get them out of Hungary and they died in Auschwitz as were other relatives and all the communities that they knew. So to say that they didn’t die, to me you cannot say that. I am the living remnant of the people who died in the holocaust and I am here, I believe sent by God, to humbly say, simply to speak to the people here and say, ‘You should know that the Jewish people died, and do not try to say that it did not happen. They did die!’ There are people throughout the Jewish communities, still alive in their seventies and eighties and every one of them will tell you their stories. It is something which you can not refute, but that being said, it doesn’t mean that the holocaust is a tool to use to oppress other people
Weiss, speech at the International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust, held by the Iranian government in Tehran, December 2006.

Rabbi Moshe Mayer Sterngold, London.

George Galloway

American Radical – The Trials of Norman Finkelstein” (2009).

«I am opposed to any State with an ethnic character, not only to Israel.»
– Norman Finkelstein, “Ha’aretz on The Holocaust Industry”, 2011, Normanfinkelstein.com.

Seminar “New Geopolitics in the Middle East” (La Nueva Geopolítica en Oriente Medio), School of International Relations of the National Institute of Advanced Studies (IAEN) of Ecuador, National Institute of Advanced Studies (IAEN) Auditorium, December 11, 2013.



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