Often, when engaged in debates with the apologists of the Zionist state who evoke the Holocaust and the dismal history of European oppression of the Jewish people, I make this inquiry regarding their conflating the self-created troubles of the Zionist state with the sins of European gentiles:
Why should the neighbors of the Zionist state be forced to live on their knees and give perpetual penitence because of the crimes of the anti-Semites of Europe?
In short, the Jews of Europe have no birthright to the lands of the Middle East.
A frequent fallacy contention regarding the “situation” in the Middle East: “Extremists on both sides are responsible for the ongoing tragedy, and have been for centuries.”
Fact: The Sephardic Jews and the people born of the Islamic faith lived in relative peace, throughout the region, before the invasion of Zionist, Ashkenazi Jewish usurpers and the resultant expulsion, land theft and repression of the indigenous Palestinian population. Positing that “extremists” on both sides are to blame for the tragedy is a false equivalency assertion.”
Anyone who has posted on the subject matter involving the affront to human decency that is the Zionist state has been, most likely, accused of anti-Semitism (and by the very people who support the European invaders of Palestine who oppress the Semitic people that they found living in the area).
Often, on my page, I allow Zionist apologists to posit their strawman assertions (e.g., “Do you support terrorist such as Hamas?” “Do you believe Israel has the right to defend itself?”) and their red herring tropes (e.g., “What about the violence in Syria.” “Why do you never complain about the Arabs?”) that are the standard fallacy arguments and shoddy casuistry axiomatic of Israel’s defenders.
Why do I let them proceed with such tropes of intellectual dishonesty? Answer: Because these misguided souls provide us with an object lesson into the sort of deluded mindset and deceitful approach it takes to be an apologist for evil.
We can learn from these exchanges. Ergo, the attitudes evinced by these commenters is not the glowering evil portrayed in Hollywood movies. In contrast, theirs is the everyday evil that creates the collective monster known as nationalism. One of the many reasons wise Jews such as Einstein and Hanna Arendt opposed the creation of the Zionist state.
“Within the Jewish community they have preached an admixture of ultranationalism, religious mysticism, and racial superiority. Like other Fascist parties they have been used to break strikes, and have themselves pressed for the destruction of free trade unions. In their stead they have proposed corporate unions on the Italian Fascist model. During the last years of sporadic anti-British violence, the IZL and Stern groups inaugurated a reign of terror in the Palestine Jewish community. Teachers were beaten up for speaking against them, adults were shot for not letting their children join them. By gangster methods, beatings, window-smashing, and wide-spread robberies, the terrorists intimidated the population and exacted a heavy tribute.”
“The people of the Freedom Party have had no part in the constructive achievements in Palestine. They have reclaimed no land, built no settlements, and only detracted from the Jewish defense activity. Their much-publicized immigration endeavors were minute, and devoted mainly to bringing in Fascist compatriots.”
– Excerpt from Albert Einstein’s letter to the New York Times on 12/04/48
Phil Rockstroh is a poet, lyricist and philosopher bard living in New York City.
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