It seems to boil down to that: all anti zionist critique is directed only at Jews who are for self determination. Putting aside the critique on existing Israeli policy, which is warranted at times, those who attack Zionism are racist.
The logic behind those opposing Zionism (aka the right of Jews for self determination) is the following:
- Judaism is a religion and no religion has it’s own country. As such Jews do not deserve self determination.
- The second component of this argument is that: all Jews come from Europe and thus Zionism is simply the last form of European colonialism.
Now, as we all know Judaism is actually more than a denomination, but is also a nation. The only similar group to Jews in the world are the Sikhs – they too are a nation and religion, and reside mainly in one area: Punjab.
When presented with the fact that Jews are a nation we are asked then “how come we come from different places”? The answer to that is that this is the result of most of us intermarrying in the diaspora. This point of course negates the insane claim that all Israelis are European.
A reminder: Jews always lived in the Land of Israel. This fact is not only held true in academia but also in the Koran and in the writing of Josephus and even by Mark Twain (who I adore).
The truth is that:
The resettlement of the sparsely populated Holy Land by the descendants of its ancient inhabitants, however, did not take place solely in the modern era. Throughout Jewish history, waves of returnees came back to the sacred soil of their ancestors. In the 8th and 9th centuries, A.D., Jewish immigrants re-established major communities in Jerusalem and Tiberias; by the 11th Century, they had built new communities in Jaffa, Ashkelon, Caesarea and Rafah. In the 16th Century, more Jewish immigrants developed the famous center of mysticism in Safed and beginning in the 1700’s religious scholars and pilgrims intensely repopulated Jerusalem (Michael Medved, 2006).
Thus, if Jews have no right to a land they have populated from before the time that Christ was born what right does the US or Canada have to exist? What right does any nation barring China (unified in 220 BC) or Iran (which I like referring to as occupied Persia) to exist? As Haim Weitzman once said to Lord Arthur James Balfour:
We held Jerusalem when London was a swamp!
Those who single out Jews for not having a right for self determination are no more than racists. They are modern day fascists who spread their poison under the guise of liberalism. A great example how these people are trying to tear down the legitimacy of Jews for self determination is in this map:
Here is the land Palestinian propaganda say was lost to Israel since 1945. However, here are the details of land ownership in mandatory Palestine: http://bit.ly/7MtPx1
. Also, under the Turkish system the sovereign owned all of the non agricultural land (called ard almawat
– dead lands). Once Israel became sovereign of it’s share of mandatory Palestine, is simply took over from the British. As such the map attached is a blatant lie.