Why American Taxpayers are Jointly Responsible for the Holocaust of the Palestinians
What happened to the Palestinians is tragic. Unfortunately the United States played a
major role in the tragedy. Who is ultimately responsible for the Holocaust of the Palestinians? For anyone
who would like to investigate this subject more thoroughly, I highly recommend The Great
War for Civilisation by Robert Fisk, the British journalist who interviewed
Osama bin Laden twice (the only western journalist to have done so). I
will only address the main points here; for readers who want to delve the
complicated history of the Middle East more profoundly, Fisk's book is a "must
read," and a good one.
When I use the terms "Zionism" and "Zionists," please
understand that I mean nothing derogatory. There
is nothing wrong with Jews wanting a place where they can live in peace and
security. However, the Palestinians have every right to live in peace and
security too. The dream of Zionism is not "wrong," but its
implementation has gone horribly wrong,
beginning with the ethnic cleansing of hundreds of thousands of innocent, non-combatant Palestinians in the wake
of the war of 1948. This brutal act has led to an avalanche of calamities, not
only for the Palestinians, but also for the region, and for the world.
Confronting and correcting the great and terrible imbalances caused by Israeli
Jews seizing their homeland at the expense of Palestinians is something the
world simply must address, and redress.
Am I saying the Jews should not have a homeland in present-day Israel/Palestine?
No, such things are for the people of the region to
decide, not me. One severe problem for the region has been the
interference of westerners with incoherent plans for divvying up land they have
never seen, much less invested with their sweat, blood and tears. But I believe
there is a path to peace, and that path begins with a simple first step
in the right direction: the establishment of justice—equal rights, fair laws and fair courts for
Jews and Palestinians alike, without exemptions or preconditions.
The Roots of Modern Zionism
Well before the eruptions of two world wars and the Holocaust, anti-Semitism in Europe and other parts
of the world was on the rise. Quite reasonably, the Jews who came to be known as
Zionists began to think it would be wise for the Jews to find a place where they could live in peace and security together. At the time, the
vast majority of Jews had been in the Diaspora for almost 2,000 years, and only
a small number lived in Palestine.
The father of Zionism was Theodor Herzl, an Austrian-Hungarian journalist who
covered the Dreyfus Affair, a notorious farce in which a Jewish officer in the French army was
falsely accused of spying for Germany. Herzl watched crowds screaming "Death to
the Jews!" in fascination and horror, and he came to the conclusion that that
Jews of Europe were fighting a losing battle against anti-Semitism. He would
proven correct by the rise of Hitler and the Nazis, by extensive pogroms against
the Jews in Russia, and by rabid anti-Semitism elsewhere. But I believe Herzl made
an incorrect assumption, which I will explain after quoting him . . .
In his pivotal book
Der Judenstaat ("The State of the Jews") he wrote:
"The Jewish question persists wherever Jews live in appreciable numbers.
Wherever it does not exist, it is brought in together with Jewish
immigrants. We are naturally drawn into those places where we are not
persecuted, and our appearance there gives rise to persecution.
the case, and will inevitably be so, everywhere, even in highly civilised countries—see, for instance, France—so long as the Jewish
question is not solved on the political level. The unfortunate Jews are
now carrying the seeds of anti-Semitism into England; they have already
introduced it into America.
Please note the words I italicized above. Herzl's words would prove to be
prophetic, because when the Jews eventually made the decision to descend on
Palestine in large numbers, they once again created exactly the problem Herzl
had seen and understood so clearly. But there was
another solution: the Jews could have emigrated to the United States and "spread
out" so that they were not perceived to be changing the underlying fabric of
society and culture. What Herzl failed to see clearly was that the American
ideal of equal rights for all human beings would, given time, solve the "Jewish
question," as long as they were not all concentrated in a small geographic area,
and did not try to overly influence the larger population. Political and
economic machinations "behind the scenes" have invariably backfired on the Jews
in the long run. The best solution for the Jews, in my opinion, would be
transparency. They should determine how best to live in a free society,
understanding that most Americans, for example, really don't care about their
cultural, religious and philosophical differences from the mainstream, or how
they dress, and what they choose to eat, etc. Where have the Jews been safer,
more secure, or more prosperous, than in the United States?
Herzl was perceptive. He was correct in some of his conclusions. But he was
hardly a prophet, since anti-Semitism has been historically on a decline in the
United States, along with other forms of racism, because of our American creed of equal rights for all human beings, and our rule of law. Fear and
lack of foresight drove the Zionists to create the same situation they needed to
avoid. Only an atmosphere of equal rights, fair laws and fair courts will allow
the Jews to live in peace with their neighbors. Today they must decide if they
will "clear the air" in present-day Israel and Palestine, or seek the pure air
of truly free societies.
As we will see, Zionism was, largely, the reaction to European ultra-nationalism
by Jewish ultra-nationalism. But the Jews did not have land for a Jewish state,
and the process of finding and claiming the land required for an independent
Jewish state would lead the Zionists down the path to a Holocaust of their own
creation. Unfortunately, they would soon be aided and abetted by
the gullible American taxpayer.
In 1896, with the publication of the English translation of Der Judenstaat, Herzl became the leading spokesman for
Zionism. I believe Herzl was largely correct in his apprehension of the climate
of the Europe of his day. Europe was convulsed in the deep throes of
ultra-nationalism, which would lead to two devastating world wars. World War II
would leave, it has been estimated, up to 70 million people dead. The Jews
were a people without a nation, and Europe was about to make nationalism its
newest and perhaps strangest religion to date, full of dreams of racial
superiority and divine fiats. But I believe Herzl was wrong when he assumed
there was nowhere in the world where Jews could live in peace and security
unless they established their own homeland. For across the Atlantic ocean, the
people of the United States had the perfect creed for the Jews: equal rights,
fair laws and fair courts for all human beings. Of course they had not lived up
to their perfect creed perfectly, and still haven't, to this day. But it was,
and is, by far the best thing going, in the realm of human rights.
The tragedy of Zionism is that it soon became a form of ultra-nationalism, as fierce and brutal as any other. What the Nazis would soon
do to the Jews,
the Israeli Jews would soon thereafter do to the Palestinians. And so today Jews all over the
world are again endangered, this time because of the fierce ultra-nationalism of
the Israeli Jews, which not only destabilizes the Middle East, but threatens to
destabilize the world. How very strange, when the Jews, of all people, should have been the
strongest proponents of equal rights, fair laws and fair courts for everyone.
The great mistake Herzl made was assuming there was no solution to the problems
of European nationalism and anti-Semitism, other than for the Jews to resort to
the same nationalism that so endangered them. The solution did exist: in the American
creed. The safest place on earth for the Jews was not Palestine,
but America. (And it seems Divine Providence might agree, because in 1492
when Ferdinand and Isabella decreed that the Jews must convert to Christianity
or leave Spain forever, they simultaneously funded the first voyage of Columbus, which would
lead to the revelation of a new homeland where millions of Jews would be able to live
in peace and security.)
called nationalism the "infantile disease of mankind." Nationalism causes human
beings to assign themselves labels (German, Jew), then go to great extremes to
advance the cause of one people over another. This was the disease of Europe that led, ultimately, to two world wars and the
had its imperial empire, and assumed somehow that Englishmen had the "right" to
and rule the people of India, Australia, Africa and Palestine. The Germans saw the English
empire and were envious. Where, oh where, were the people they could
conquer and rule?
Russia and Japan also had bizarre imperial dreams. Where, oh where on God's
green earth, were the people they could
conquer and rule?
Dreams of racial superiority
and "manifest destiny" were the seeds of the destruction of millions of lives,
many of them the lives of innocent women and children, who were caught in the
crosshairs of empires gone mad. Now, it seems, the Jews must have their empire,
and all too soon innocent Palestinian women and children would be caught in
Americans have only to examine their creed to understand the terrible dilemma
posed by ultra-nationalism. We believe that all human beings are equal, that
they all have the same self-evident rights. But what about the rights of a
in India, or a little girl in Palestine, not to be conquered and
ruled by foreigners? Do we believe in our creed enough
to stand for their rights? To date, the answer has unfortunately been, "No."
The English had somehow came to
the conclusion that because they were them, they had the "right" to conquer
and rule that little boy in India, that little girl in Palestine. The Germans had
come to the conclusion that because they were them, they had the "right" to
find someone, anyone, to conquer and rule, so that their empire could be as
"illustrious" as the British Empire, on which the sun famously never set.
The Jews, a people without a nation, were about to make the same mistake. They were
about to set out to conquer and rule that little girl in Palestine, who had
never done a thing to harm them.
Did the Jews have the "right" to conquer and rule the Palestinians? If the Nazis
were wrong, as we all know they were, to do what they did to the Jews during the
Holocaust, isn't it clear that the Jews were just as wrong to do the same things
to the Palestinians? What Zionism did, in the end, was to fight fire with fire.
Unfortunately innocent women and children were to be trapped in the resulting
But there was always another solution: the American solution. Unfortunately the
United States, in her zeal to help the Jews, would soon betray her own ideals in
the Middle East, even as she increasingly lived up to them at home.
At the first Zionist Congress, held at Basel, Switzerland in 1897, Herzl was elected the president of
what would become the World Zionist Organization. Soon thereafter he began
to reach out diplomatically to various world leaders, more or less
"floating" his idea of a Jewish homeland, and looking for someone to bite. I
don't mean this in a derogatory way. Herzl was simply trying to turn his dream
into a practical reality. But I believe there was only practical solution that
would not have led to violence, and that was for the Zionists to have avoided
the root cause of anti-Semitism that Herzl himself had seen so clearly: the
tendency of Jews to find safe havens, then congregate in concentrations of
too-large numbers, thus frightening and irritating the locals. The practical
solution would have been to find a very large safe haven and "spread out." I
believe the only practical safe haven for the Jews at the time was the United
States. Perhaps the US remains the only safe haven big enough and free
enough for the Jews to occupy in large numbers, in peace and security. But the
impracticality of Zionism as it was implemented may now be endangering the
safety and security of even American Jews. Why? Because now growing numbers of
Americans feel that our tax dollars and even the lives of our
soldiers (our own children!) have been manipulated and used to the benefit of
Israeli Jews, with catastrophic results for our own security and prosperity? Why
should Americans die, live in fear of their lives, and go broke while paying for
the Holocaust of the Palestinians, when the only people who benefit are the ones
who decided to conquer and rule that little Palestinian girl? As much as I
admire the accomplishments of the Jews as a people, I have no admiration for men
who conquer and rule little girls, and I wonder why so many of my Jewish friends
demand that I support Israel and never question her. I am not an anti-Semite,
but if I feel this way, what about other locals who become easily frightened and
irritated when the fabric of their society and culture are threatened by what
they see as outside forces?
I believe American Jews will have to ask themselves if it is wise for them to
profit from American ideals at home, while seeming intent to undermine them
abroad. Just because other Americans have been trusting, perhaps wildly
over-trusting, of Israel for so long, does not mean that they can afford to
remain in "support Israel at all costs" mode. Have many American Jews tried to
sit on both sides of the fence, enjoying the many blessings of equal human
rights at home, while deluging other Americans with all sorts of propaganda
insisting that the human rights of Muslims take a back seat abroad? This is,
increasingly, the way it seems to many Americans. What has the cost been to
Americans in lives lost at 9-11, and in two fruitless wars? What has the cost
been to the economy, reputation and legacy of the United States?
I find Zionism, as it has been implemented, highly impractical. It seems to me
that now even American Jews may face ever-increasing waves of anti-Semitism,
unless they quickly "get off the fence" and stand for America's ideals and its
creed of equal rights for all human beings. That little Palestinian girl is a
human being. If you force me to choose between her and the men who took
everything she and her family had, which is so little in comparison to what we
have, and to what the Israeli Jews have, which side do you think I might choose?
I am a publisher of Holocaust poetry, not an anti-Semite, but I simply do not
believe that men should conquer and rule little girls because they happen to be
of another race or religious persuasion.
I believe with all my heart, mind, soul and spirit that I must protect that
little Palestinian girl, and her mother. Let men full of dreams of conquest blow
themselves to smithereens if they must, but they should never have trapped women
and children in their crosshairs, then pulled the trigger.
There was a high degree of impracticality
involved in early Zionism, because Palestine was already inhabited by hundreds
of thousands of Palestinians, most of them peaceable farmers who had lived there
for many centuries. They had no intention of leaving. Nor did they have any
place to go. To this day, they still don't. The consequence was the Zionists
ended up conquering and ruling my little Palestinian girl.
In effect, Herzl had created a Jewish state with its own congress (the WZO) before
he had a place to put it. In his diary he wrote:
Were I to sum up the Basle Congress in a word —
which I shall guard against pronouncing publicly —
it would be this: At Basle I founded the Jewish State. If I said this out loud today l would be greeted by universal
laughter. In five years perhaps, and certainly in fifty years, everyone will
Almost exactly fifty years later, in 1948, Herzl's Jewish state did become a
reality, and all hell broke out.
Yes, today all the world perceives that Herzl did establish a Jewish state. But
please note his comment about not pronouncing his intentions publically. This
would become a hallmark of the leaders of Zionism. Zionist leaders like David Ben-Gurion and
Golda Meir would be forced to say one thing in public, but quite another
thing in private. Why? Because it's difficult to persuade the world to support
the establishment of your dream homeland, if it means the destruction of someone
else's homeland and dreams.
The practical reality of Zionism is this: the Jews had no logical right to
displace the Palestinians, and the Palestinians had no intention of being
displaced. In order to displace my little Palestinian girl, and take her
family's land and water for their Jewish state, the Zionists would need powerful
allies. Their main allies would be imperial British and American politicians,
abetted by the gullible American taxpayer, who would quickly ante up billions of
dollars so that Israeli Jews could have free land and water at my little girl's
The early Zionists were fully aware (how could they not be?) of the practical problems a Jewish homeland in
Palestine presented, and so they briefly considered other parts of the globe. Locations discussed included
largely uninhabited areas of Uganda and South
America. But in the end, of course, Palestine was selected, as Palestine was the
Biblical promised land, although the Jews had not lived there in large numbers
for nearly 2,000 years. The selection of Palestine for a Jewish homeland
created an immediate problem, because if millions of Jews were going to move
into any fairly small territory in high concentrations, one of three things had to be the
it had to be uninhabited
if there were inhabitants, they would have to welcome the Jews
the inhabitants would have to be displaced and/or subdued.
The Zionists quickly understood that they would have to follow the latter
course, while appearing to be willing to co-exist with the Palestinians. The
Zionist leaders, in effect, resorted to a cheap parlor trick, to misdirection.
They knew the Palestinians and surrounding Arab nations would not accept large
numbers of Jews willingly, and never would, because this had been clearly
announced by leading Arabs. Hence, the policy of Zionists like David Ben-Gurion
was to tell the world one thing, particularly the gullible American taxpayer,
while doing something entirely different. The public plan was co-existence. The
private plan was ethnic cleansing, the sooner the better.
The Ethnic Cleansing of 1948
Americans have been, to put it bluntly, brainwashed to believe the Palestinians
were and are somehow "wrong" not to accept the Jews with open arms. But the
Palestinians only did what anyone would have done in their place. Suppose
someone suggested that three million Jews (or Arabs, Chinese or Kenyans) were going
to relocate to your state en-masse, take it over, establish their preferred form of government, and
"acquire" your land, house and property in the process, with no
intention of paying for it? Would you welcome them
with open arms? No, of course not. Nations allow small numbers of people to
immigrate. But no nation allows another people to immigrate in such large
numbers that they take over. When the Palestinians and Arabs of neighboring states
understood that the Jews intended to take over Palestine, they
did what anyone else would have said, including Americans. They said, No!
The Palestinians were a nation of peaceable farmers. They had lived under the
aegis of larger empires, such as the Ottomans and the British, so they had not
been fully autonomous. But they had every right to self-determination.
the aftermath of World War II, the Western nations, led primarily by Britain and the
United States, did not give the Palestinians the right of self-determination.
Instead, British and American politicians worked "behind the scenes" to cede
much of Palestine to Jews who had not lived there in large numbers for almost
2,000 years. In effect, people who had never set foot on Palestine chose to give
it away. They had no right to do this. The Zionists were unable to persuade the
Palestinians to accept their presence in large numbers, so the Zionists went
"over their heads" and appealed to powerful westerners who were still engaged in
the last dying throes of imperialism.
Once the Zionists had a toehold in Palestine, they knew that violence would
erupt, and that war was inevitable. So Golda Meir traveled to the United States
and raised 50 million dollars from American Jews, so that the land, home and
property of my little Palestinian girl and her family could be taken by force,
after which they could be swept from their own land like insects. This was
Zionism as it was implemented in 1948. The Jews became an invading army of
unwelcome foreigners. The Palestinians had no army of their own, and had to rely
on the disorganized, bickering armies of their Arab neighbors to defend them.
The Jews had more money: American money. They had more powerful friends in high
places: American friends. They were better organized. Many of them had fought
against the Nazis and were better trained. They won the war of 1948. It was
hardly a "miracle." Then the Zionists did what they had planned to do for many
years: they swept hundreds of thousands of innocent Palestinians who were
non-combatants from their own land. They treated my little Palestinian girl like
And to this day her family is dispossessed, homeless, and lives the most
marginal of existences. In the meantime, the Israeli Jews have grown prosperous,
living on land they have never paid for, and diverting water from thirsty
Palestinians to their swimming pools, while not allowing my little Palestinian
girl's family to even dig a new well, or to deepen their existing wells. Perhaps
because what they did is such a horror, the Israeli Jews have grown increasingly
cold and brutal toward my little Palestinian girl, just as the Nazis once grew
cold and brutal toward little Jewish girls during the Holocaust.
I invite anyone to research and study these matters, as I have. Many Israeli
archives have been made matters of public record recently, and now even Jewish
historians, journalists and human rights activists freely admit what actually
happened to the Palestinians. No, there is nothing inherently wrong with the
Zionist dream of a Jewish homeland, if that homeland can be established on the
pillars of equal rights, fair laws and fair courts for all human beings. But
this is simply not the case. In order to wrest the Jewish state of Israel from
the Palestinians, the Zionists chose a simple path, not to peace, but to
destruction. They chose the methods of Hitler, who claimed "living space" as the
divine right of the Aryan superman, at the expense of his neighbors, who
included multitudes of innocent women and children.
If you do not believe me, study these matters for yourself. But here is all the
evidence I believe anyone needs to know. Before 1948 the Palestinians owned well
over 90% of the land of Palestine. Within a few months they owned only a tiny
sliver of the land of present-day Israel. The land was taken from innocent
non-combatants, and to this day it has not been returned or paid for. There is a
word for taking someone else's property without their permission and without
paying a fair price for it: theft.
In short, the Israeli Jews stole the land, home, farm, property and water rights
of my little Palestinian girl and her family, and of tens of thousands of other
little Palestinian girls and their families, leaving them dispossessed, homeless
and unable to provide for themselves. Then the Israeli Jews sent you and me, the
American taxpayer, enormous bills. so that we would pick up the tab for the
Holocaust they created. American Jews began to deluge us with oceans of
propaganda, telling us that the Palestinians and the surrounding Arabs states
were "anti-Semites" and "terrorists," when future prime ministers of Israel like
David Ben-Gurion, Menachem Begin and Ariel Sharon were terrorists on a far
larger, more systematic scale than any Palestinian. These men killed their ten
thousands and dispossessed and displaced hundred of thousands, who have now
grown to millions.
And all the while they laughed to the bank at the expense of the gullible
American taxpayer, who is now responsible for funding and supporting a
Holocaust, and for the multitudes of lives lost in two fruitless wars that would
never have been required if only the Israeli Jews had, at any time, chosen to
tell the truth, to establish justice for the Palestinians, and to pay them the
debt they have owed them for sixty years now, and counting.
But there is a simple path to peace, and that path begins with one simple first
step in the right direction: the establishment of justice—equal rights, fair laws and fair courts for
Jews and Palestinians alike, without exemptions or preconditions. I do not
believe the Israeli Jews will take this simple first step willingly. And it
seems American politicians are unable to summon the courage to propose such a
thing. So I believe we must present a petition to the UN which calls for these
things, and these things only, so that all the world can see if the United
States and Israel are truly democracies, or merely raging hypocrites.
I believe the United States will not vote against its greatest ideals and its
own creed. This will be one UN resolution the United States must not and will
not veto. And so the onus will fall on Israel, to do what must be done. If
Israel complies with this UN resolution, my little Palestinian girl and her
family will be protected and will have the opportunity to rebuild their
shattered homes and lives. If Israel does not comply, then Israel will be
isolated from the world community and American Jews will have to get off the
fence. Will they side with Israel and abandon the ideals of equal rights, fair
laws and fair courts, or will they counsel their kin to do what is right, or
suffer the consequences?
In the end, I believe Israel will do what is right, and that both Jews and
Palestinians will find a just peace, together, whether as citizens of a single
democratic state, or of two independent states.
But I believe there is the danger of a devastating plague in Gaza, and if this
plague is not averted, and occurs while the Palestinians are the wards of a
Jewish state, Jews all over the world may be endangered once again, even
American Jews. So there is no time to waste. We have everything to gain, and a
world to lose.
Editor, The HyperTexts
March 1, 2009