Herzl, Hitler and Israel's Final Solution for the Children of Gaza
In an interview with the Sunday Times published on June 15, 1969, Israeli Prime Minister Golda
Meir said, "It is not as though there was a Palestinian people ... and we came and threw them
out and took their country away from them ... they did not exist."
(Also reported in the Washington Post, June 16, 1969)
A few months earlier Meir (known as "Mother Israel") had asked rhetorically, "How can we return the held territories? There is
nobody to return them to." (March 8, 1969). Her
incredibly racist comment has recently been repeated by American presidential
candidates Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum.
But please suppose that you were a Palestinian child, facing the
accumulated might, hypocrisy and zealous fury of Israel and the United States:
how would you feel? Wouldn't it be terrifying to hear the leaders of nuclear-armed nations
calmly suggesting that you don't exist, or at least not in the same way that
other people exist?
Perhaps now we can understand why so many Palestinian children feel a sense of
overwhelming despair, and why some of them blow themselves and other
people to pieces.
We can also understand why great humanitarians like Albert Einstein (a Jew), Gandhi,
Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter, Noam Chomsky (a Jew), and Norman
Finkelstein (a Jew) have been harshly and publicly critical of Israeli racism
against Palestinians. Why do the leaders of Israel sound like the Grand Wizards
of the KKK when they talk about Palestinian children?
Do Palestinian children exist and have human rights, or are they "nobodies"?
I hope you will consider the terrible implications of Mother Israel's blatantly racist statements
for the children of Gaza and Occupied Palestine. I assure you that these children are
people, and that many of them of them are very small, very vulnerable, very
frightened, very miserable, very endangered human
beings. I know because I have published their stories, and those stories are very, very hard to read. If you're a compassionate human
being, I doubt that you could read their stories without becoming very, very angry that innocent children are once again being
collectively punished for the "crime" of having been "born wrong." It
happened to Native American children who walked the Trail of Tears. It happened
to black children who huddled in slave hovels while white plantation owners
raped their mothers and flayed the flesh from their
fathers' backs. It happened to Jewish and Gypsy
children who perished during the Holocaust while German Christians sang
paeans to Christ from the pews of their white-washed churches. Now it is happening
again to Palestinian children because two of the world's richest, most powerful nations ―
Israel and the United States ― refuse to consider them human beings with rights
fully equal to those of Jews and Christians.
Do Palestinian children exist, or are they "nobodies" whose rights can be
conveniently ignored because the Bible says God "gave" the land of Palestine to
the ancient Hebrews? Well, here are a few other things the Bible says. Perhaps
we should consider them before we blithely assume that every word in the Bible
is of divine origin. The Bible clearly says that girls who have been raped
should be either murdered or sold to their rapists (Deuteronomy 22); that
fathers can sell their own daughters as sex slaves, with the option to buy them
back if they don't "please" their masters (Exodus 21); and that captured women
and male infants should be slaughtered, with only virgin girls being kept alive,
obviously as sex slaves (Numbers 31). Can we safely assume that the Old
Testament is an oracle of divine wisdom, when it literally overflows with such
heinous "commandments"? If not, then why not be honest about the highly dubious
verses about God "giving" land to Moses, Joshua, Caleb, King David & Co.? After
all, according to the Bible they didn't receive the land as a gift, but took it
in an orgy of ethnic cleansing and genocide, "the slaying of everything that
breathes." If a wise, just God "gave" the land to men, would they have to
murder women and children to take it?
Should Palestinian children be forced to suffer and die today, because Jews and Christians refuse
to be honest about the Bible? What good are religions that callously accept such
Bigotry, the Sacred Disease
The problem with Golda Meir's hideous statements above, and with hundreds of similar statements by high-ranking Israelis to follow,
if you continue reading on this page, is obvious: bigotry. Heraclitus called bigotry the "sacred disease."
Israel has turned bigotry into a state religion which now threatens not only
Palestinian children, but Jewish and American children as well. Americans, by
acquiescing to demands that they consider only the rights of Jews while ignoring
the self-evident rights of Palestinians, have endangered American
children. If you care about all the children of the world, and the future of the world they are
destined to live in, I hope you will bear with me for a few minutes and
allow me to explain why Golda Meir said what she said, why she was wrong, and what we can do about it.
Why American children are endangered, and all the children of the world
But first, please consider what Golda Meir's racism, fascism and fanaticism may
mean for the world's children, as evidenced in this exchange with Alan Hart, the author of
Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews:
Hart: "I recall the words spoken to me many years ago by Golda Meir, Mother Israel, when
she was prime minister. At a point during an interview I did with her for the
BBC’s Panorama programme, I interrupted her to ask, “Prime Minister, I want to be sure I understand what
you’re saying … You are saying that if Israel was ever in danger of being
defeated on the battlefield, it would be prepared to take the region and the whole world down with it?"
Meir "without the shortest of pauses for reflection, and in the gravel
voice that could charm or intimidate American Presidents according to need"
replied: “Yes, that’s exactly what I’m saying.”
Hart: "Within an hour of that interview being transmitted at eight o’clock on a Monday
evening, The Times (pre-Murdoch and not then a cheerleader for Zionism) had changed its lead editorial.
Its new editorial quoted what Golda had said to me, [adding] its own opinion:
'We had better believe her.' I did, and still do."
Should we believe Alan Hart? I, for one, do. I remember reading Robert Fisk's
book The Great War for Civilisation with a sense of growing horror. In
it, Fisk mentioned seeing high-ranking American diplomats like Colin Powell and
Madeline Albright acting deferentially, even fearfully, around Israeli
politicians. Considering the normal operating mode of American
politicians—hubris—that seems hard to believe, unless Israel has been
threatening to use nuclear weapons. When I put two and two together, it seems to me that Israel has
told the United States, "Unless we are allowed to have our way with
Palestinians, and the world acquiesces to our brutal, unjust treatment of them,
we are willing to unleash a nuclear Armageddon on the world."
Does this mean Israel can hold the entire world hostage? No, I
believe there is a peaceful, nonviolent solution to the Israeli/Palestinian
conflict. Please allow me to explain ...
How soon they forget
"Have our Jewish sisters and brothers forgotten their humiliation?
Have they forgotten the collective punishment,
the home demolitions,
in their own history so soon?
Have they turned their backs
on their profound and noble religious traditions?"
A Simple Program for Peace
All too often the people on one side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict bitterly criticize
people on the other side, and nothing good results. My goal is not to condemn
anyone for the sake of condemnation, nor is it to win an argument; my goal is to
find a positive, peaceful solution. Yes, I believe Israel and the United States
need to cure themselves of the sacred disease of bigotry, and I convinced that doing so
requires honesty rather than hypocrisy. But I believe positive change is
possible, so please allow me to present my "simple program for peace." Hopefully
this will persuade you that, while I strongly oppose what Israel and the United
States have done in the past, and continue to do in the present, I am not
here to merely vent. And please keep in mind that "simple" does not mean "easy." Here's
•Israelis and Americans need to be honest about what really happened to the
Palestinians: the ethnic cleansing of the Nakba. The Nakba (Arabic for
"Catastrophe") has been ongoing since 1948; thus entire generations of
Palestinian children have been born and lived (and now many of those children have died) without
having ever drawn a free breath. How would we feel, if this was the case for our
• Israel needs to unconditionally grant Palestinians
equal rights and the protection of fair (nonracist) laws and courts. Why?
Because every human child is self-evidently entitled to equal rights and
justice, and on this planet justice requires fair laws and courts. There can
never be racial peace where there is racial injustice, so establishing fair laws
and courts is absolutely necessary if Israel wants peace, and if Americans want
to avoid more events like 9-11 and more unwinnable wars abroad.
• Americans must understand that it is not "unfair" to require
Israeli Jews to do what Americans did themselves, when the United States finally
abandoned government-sanctioned racism in the form of Jim Crow laws and kangaroo
• Because Israel's leader seem to be either unwilling or
unable to "pull the trigger" and treat Palestinians as human beings with fully
equal rights, they need encouragement from the United States and the world to
start moving in the right direction. Fortunately, there is a simple way for the
world to encourage Israel to take the all-important first step of treating
everyone as equals. The solution is a new UN resolution based on the American
Creed of equal rights and justice for all human beings. No American president
can veto the American Creed, so this new UN resolution should pass, where so many
others have been short-circuited. Such a resolution backed by economic sanctions
(which will hopefully not be needed, once Israel reads "the writing on the wall")
will force Israel to either make the Palestinians full citizens of a single
state, or grant them independence. If you don't understand why this plan will
work, please check out the Burch-Elberry Peace Initiative for more details.
Hopefully I have persuaded you that my intentions are good. Yes,
I am about to be highly critical of Israeli and American bigotry and hypocrisy.
Yes, I am about to say that it is wrong to treat innocent children like pariahs
on their native land, or anywhere else on earth. Does this make me a racist, or
someone who strongly opposes racism? You will have to decide whether
to join me, side with the bigots, or stake out your own position of action or
inaction. If you're not sure yet whether I have my facts straight, I invite you
to read further on this page and to check out my
Index of Nakba Articles,
which contains the comments of Elders of the human race like Mohandas Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Dr. Martin Luther King
Jr., Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter, Sitting Bull and Jewish
Holocaust survivors, poets, songwriters and peace activists. Also in the Nakba
Index you can find links to over 200 Jewish organizations that oppose the Nakba
and support equal rights for Palestinians. Some of these groups send "human
shields" to Gaza and Occupied Palestine in an attempt to protect Palestinian
farmers and their families from government-sanctioned racism. Let's be honest: what sort of nation creates the
need for "human shields"? Sometimes we only have to mull over basic facts to
figure out that what we've been told to believe makes no sense. Or, if you
prefer to study these matter independently, you can find a wealth of information
online. I recommend studying the laws and courts of Israel, which are matters of
public record, and Israel's so-called "security walls," which are, in fact, highly
offensive devices designed to divide and conquer Palestinians (and which all too
often kill them, as ambulances are detained in their immense shadows). I had
only to study the real-world facts for a short time to understand why people
like Mandela and Tutu, who know apartheid intimately, oppose Israeli apartheid
so vocally, and why the men who attacked Americans on 9-11 opposed us so
violently. While I don't agree with the tactics of terrorists who target
civilians, I can certainly understand their anger and their despair, because I
feel the same anger and despair when I think of the suffering of their children.
What does the Bible say?
Many Jews and Christians cite a few verses in the Bible that say God
"gave" the land of Palestine to the ancient Hebrews as if that somehow settles the matter.
However, there are several important questions raised by the Bible which are
discussed extensively at this link: What does the Bible say about the Nakba? I
believe there are a number of very good reasons not to use the Bible to condone atrocities perpetrated
on women and children. For instance:
•No sane human being would surrender his house because someone else said God wanted him to have it.
• To claim that God wants me to rob you and leave your family homeless and destitute either makes God unjust or me a liar.
• If God "gave" the land of Palestine to the ancient Hebrews, why
does the Bible say that men like Moses, Joshua, Caleb and King David took it via ethnic
cleansing and genocide? Why does the Bible say Moses ordered the slaughter of
women and male infants, and the taking of virgin girls as sex slaves? Why does the Bible say King David slaughtered
every woman when he "smote the land"? Why does the Bible say that David ordered
the slaughter of the lame and blind when Jerusalem was taken from the Jebusites?
How can anyone believe that a loving, compassionate, wise, just God commanded the
slaughter of women, children and the handicapped?
• How can the verses that commanded the Israelites to enslave and
murder their own children be explained? In Exodus 21, Moses permitted fathers to
sell their daughters as sex slaves, with the option (but not the obligation) to
buy them back if they didn't "please" their masters. In Deuteronomy 22, Moses
commanded the Israelites to murder girls who had been raped, or to sell them to
their rapists (meaning they could be raped legally for the rest of their lives).
According to Moses, rape victims should only be spared if they were raped in a
field where no one could see or hear them. In Numbers 31, Moses commanded that
captured women and male infants be slaughtered, with only virgin girls being
kept alive (obviously as sex slaves). Is this the wisdom of God or the evil
machinations of barbaric men who pretended to speak for God because doing so
gave them power?
• The Hebrew prophets spoke of the need for chesed
(mercy, compassion, lovingkindness) and social justice. But obviously there is
nothing "compassionate" or "just" about ethnic cleansing and genocide. The
prophets criticized the Levites (the priests and scribes who created and copied
the texts that eventually became the Bible), calling them liars and saying they
had changed the word of God to the point that the Israelites no longer knew what
God had said. Since the Bible contains contradictory statements which cannot be
reconciled (for instance the book of Judges says God hardened David's heart to
take a census, while the book of Chronicles says Satan hardened his heart to
take the same census), people who look to the Bible for guidance must still
listen to their own hearts, minds and consciences. What do your heart, mind and
conscience tell you about the adults of one race crushing the bodies and spirits
of the children of another race?
• What would Jesus do? Would Jesus evict multitudes of people from their
homes, many of them women and children and the elderly, knowing they would
suffer terribly and that many of them would die on a new Trail of Tears? Would
Jesus praise Christians for supporting such injustices in his name, or would he
call them hypocrites and fools, like the Pharisees?
• In the past, Christians used the Bible to condone slavery, witch
hunts, Inquisitions, Crusades, torture, "holy wars" and the burning of
"heretics" at the stake. Millions of people have been tortured, enslaved and
killed in the name of Jesus Christ. Isn't it time to start doing what Jesus did
himself, or at the very least stop using his name in vain? Jesus praised the Good Samaritan, a man
who ignored the dictates of religion in order to act with compassion toward
someone who despised him. Shouldn't we put highly dubious theology aside (how
can we possibly know whose house goes to whom, based on ancient religious texts)
and act with compassion and justice?
The "logic" of racism, fascism and fanaticism
Now, getting back to Golda Meir's idea that Palestinians are nobodies who never
really existed: something is obviously wrong with her "logic," if we can call it that. If the Palestinians didn't exist, it makes no
sense to say that they weren't thrown out and that their country wasn't taken from them. If
there never were beings called Martians, would it make any sense for me to say, "Martians
never did exist, and by the way I didn't throw them out in order to steal their planet"? Of course
not. Golda Meir was obviously lying, for a
specific purpose, or she was trying to rationalize
something that seems utterly alien to those of us who believe that all earth's children
are created equal. Having read her autobiography, a book written about her
by her son, a number of other books in which she played important roles, and
hundreds of other books and articles about Israel, Palestine, Zionism and the
history of the Middle East, I believe I know enough to suggest that she was
rationalizing. What she really meant probably goes something like this: "We
Jews have a long, glorious history as a civilization with a superior culture.
But the Palestinians are just a disorganized rabble with an inferior culture, so
we don't consider them to be our equals, or even close. Therefore, because they
are not really a 'people' compared to us, we have the right to take their land
by force, evict them, and keep them from ever returning. Their suffering means
little or nothing, compared to our achievements, since we are a 'people' and
they are not."
In other words, she was a fascist.
And unfortunately most of the other leaders of Israel since its rebirth as a
nation in 1948 have also been fascists. I can prove this quite easily, simply by quoting what
they said, discussing what they did, and showing how their words and deeds meshed,
and betrayed them. How do know that Hitler was a fascist? All we have to do is
read what he said and consider what he did. Hitler was a fascist because he
believed Aryans were "superior" to all other races, and that because they were
"superior" they were entitled to seize lebensraum ("living room") from
other races, using any degree of force and brutality
necessary, even against women and children. Although Hitler did not plan to
commit genocide at first, in the end he realized that the Jews had nowhere to
go, and that it was going to be very expensive to keep millions of them alive
perpetually. Hence, his horrendous "final solution." But it all began with the
same utterly alien idea that Golda Meir expressed above: that people of other races
were "nobodies" who didn't really "exist" or "matter" because they fell far
short of the "glory" of the "Master Race."
What does Israeli fascism mean, for the Children of Gaza?
What does Israeli fascism mean for the children of Gaza and Occupied Palestine,
as Israel takes more and more of their land and they, too, have nowhere else to
go? I believe the end result will inevitably be the same: genocide,
extermination ... unless the world acts to keep it from
Does this mean that Israel is beyond hope? No. Please consider Germany at the
end of World War II. Millions of Jews, Gypsies, Slavs and other "undesirables"
had been murdered during the Holocaust. Perhaps 70 million people had died
worldwide. Much of Germany lay in smoldering ruins. But after the Allies forced
Germany to establish fair laws and courts, a new Germany soon emerged from the
rubble. The people were the same. Many Jews continued to live in Germany, and
there was no sudden outpouring of affection between them and Germans. Far from
it. (Most of the Jewish Holocaust survivors I've talked to have great disdain
for the Germans, to this day.) What saved Germany and allowed a new Germany to
emerge was not a sudden change of human hearts, but a far better and fairer form
of government based on the idea that all human beings are equal, and thus deserve the
protections of fair laws and courts.
Does it bother me that Golda Meir spoke like a fascist? Yes, it does. Does it
bother me that so many other high-ranking Israelis sound and act like fascists?
Yes, it does. But I know that America has its share of fascists, and yet they are
virtually powerless. Why? Because if they break the law, they go to jail and/or
pay fines and civil damages. While no one can change the prejudices of another
person's heart, a decent system of government can protect people from those
And I also know something else that I consider very promising: when Golda Meir
lived in the United States she was a firm believer in democracy; furthermore, when
Israeli Jews come to the United States they almost invariably become firm, even
devout, believers in equal rights for all human beings. While they may seem
terribly hypocritical today, there is hope. The hope is that Israel will adopt a
far better, fairer form of government. The day Israel establishes fair laws and
courts, its terrible problems with racial injustice and violence will begin to
ameliorate, as was the case in Germany after WWII and in the United States once
its Jim Crow laws and kangaroo courts were finally laid to rest by the reforms
of the American Civil Rights Movement.
And finally, not being a racist, I know there are many Jews of good conscience
who do not support the racism, fascism and fanaticism of Israel's current
government. We have to remember that the United States was far from a true
democracy for most of its existence, as it denied equal rights to women, blacks
and other minorities. Even today the United States still has not granted fully
equal rights to non-heterosexuals. But the United States has made considerable
progress since the American Civil Rights Movement of the mid 1900s. This implies
that Israel can also make considerable progress in a relatively short period of
time, if only it will establish equal rights and the protection of fair laws and
courts for everyone. The Burch-Elberry Peace Initiative
explains how this can be accomplished.
But what about Israel today, and this modern Trail of Tears?
"I equated the ejection of Palestinians
from their previous homes within the State of Israel
to the forcing of Lower Creek Indians
from the Georgia land where our family farm was now located;
they had been moved west to Oklahoma on the Trail of Tears
to make room for our white ancestors."
Israel's hypocrisy is a very real problem. According to Golda Meir's
reprehensible "logic," Germans had the right to
confiscate the land, houses and property of Jews, to sweep them into squalid
ghettos and concentration camps, and to keep them from ever returning to "polite
society," simply by claiming that German civilization and culture were
"superior" to Jewish civilization and culture.
"As to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza ...
the so-called 'Palestinian autonomous areas' are bantustans.
These are restricted entities
within the power structure of the Israeli apartheid
Of course Jews insist that
what the Nazis did to them during the Holocaust was wrong, and of course they
are absolutely correct to do so. But it seems that many Jews want to have their cake and eat it too.
Whenever anti-Semitism is practiced against Jews, they insist that anti-Semitism is
wrong. (I agree.) But whenever they practice
anti-Semitism against Arabs, they try to justify their
reprehensible behavior by falling back on the grotesque logic of
Hitler and the Nazis. (I disagree.) Obviously Hitler was either wrong or right,
and today everyone who's not a fascist knows he was wrong. But isn't it passing
strange that enough Jews agree with Hitler to keep Palestinians in chains, and
the world on the brink of World War III?
On a Christmas visit to Jerusalem in 1989,
Desmond Tutu said that if the colors and names were changed
"a description of what is happening in Gaza and the West Bank
could describe events in South Africa."
He also said that he was "very deeply distressed"
by his visit to the Holy Land,
because "it reminded me so much of what happened to us black people in South
He made similar comments in 2002,
"the humiliation of
the Palestinians at checkpoints and roadblocks,
suffering like us when
young white police officers prevented us from moving about."
If a Jewish professor anywhere in the world is slighted, legions of Jewish
activists fire off aggrieved emails about the evils and dangers of
anti-Semitism. (Well and good.) But if Jewish "settlers" and the Israeli military practice
anti-Semitism against little Palestinian schoolgirls, spitting on them and
jeering at them as they trudge their way to kindergarten, somehow that
doesn't "count." (Why?)
It bothers me greatly to think of little children being shamed and humiliated by adults. My
business partner is a fine young black man. When I made him a partner in the
business I own, he told me an illuminating story. He said that when his father
was a little boy growing up in Mississippi, he was commanded to call little
white boys "Sir." I have never forgotten that story, and I think about it often.
When I learned that Jewish robber barons were insulting, spitting on and
sometimes abusing Palestinian children on their way to school, I thought of the
dark days of racism in the South, when little black boys and girls had to face
the bigotry of white adults. How do such things make you feel?
If such things don't bother you, I fear we are of two different species. If they
do bother you ― if they bother you a lot, as they do me ―
then please keep in mind my idea about a new UN resolution based on the American
Creed of equal rights and justice for all human beings. All children who are abused, shamed and humiliated by adult bigots need
and deserve the protections of fair laws and courts.
Don't you agree?
Israeli racism and hypocrisy
Here's another racist remark by Golda Meir: "Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children
more than they hate us." (As quoted in Media Bias and the Middle East by
Paul Carlson, p. 10, and The Agony of the Promised Land by
Joshua Levy, p. 187)
The racist assumptions here are that Jews love their children, that Palestinians don't, and that
Palestinian resistance to Jewish domination is based on racial "hatred"
rather than on the honest, loving desire of Palestinians for their children to
experience the freedom Americans value so highly. But of course the
American Founding Fathers rebelled against and forcefully resisted the British
monarchy, imperiling their children. Did this mean the American Founding Fathers were
inferior beings who didn't love their children? Or does it suggest that
imperialist regimes like those of King George and Golda Meir make it very
difficult for parents to raise their children, since they force them to choose
between raising their children as serfs or imperiling their lives?
Once again Golda Meir's words betray her racism, her fascism and her fanaticism. And
once again they also betray her
hypocrisy, and Israel's hypocrisy, because Meir and other high-ranking Zionists
clearly ascribed a
much higher value to creating a Jewish state than they did to the welfare and
happiness of the children of Israel. Please consider the evidence below,
which I turned up during my research for this article.
I was born in 1958, so on a whim I decided to see what Golda Meir was up to in 1958. To my
surprise, when I did a Google search for "Golda Meir 1958" the top four stories,
according to Google, were about Golda Meir preventing sick and disabled
Jews from emigrating to Israel! Like Hitler, it seems she only valued Jews who were able to work for a fascist
state that valued their productivity over their humanity. The Jews who unable to work,
including children, could either languish, rot, or die. Here's an article on the subject, by
one of Israel's leading newspapers, followed by commentary from other sources:
Golda Meir told Poland: Don't send sick or disabled Jews to Israel!
December 9, 2009
by Lily Galili, Haaretz Correspondent
In 1958, then-foreign minister Golda Meir raised the possibility of preventing
handicapped and sick Polish Jews from immigrating to Israel, a recently
discovered Foreign Ministry document has revealed.
"A proposal was raised in the coordination committee to inform the Polish
government that we want to institute selection in aliyah [the
immigration of Jews to Palestine], because we cannot
continue accepting sick and handicapped people. Please give your opinion as to
whether this can be explained to the Poles without hurting immigration," read
the document, written by Meir to Israel's ambassador to Poland, Katriel Katz.
The letter, marked "top secret" and written in April 1958, shortly after Meir
became foreign minister, was uncovered by Prof. Szymon Rudnicki, a Polish
historian at the University of Warsaw.
In recent years, Rudnicki has been researching documents shedding light on
Israeli-Polish relations between 1945 and 1967.
The document had not been known to exist before this time, and scholars of the
mass immigration from Poland to Israel that took place from 1956 to 1958 were
unaware of Israel's intent to impose a selection process on Jews leaving Poland
[most of whom were] survivors of the Holocaust and its death camps.
The "coordination committee" Meir refers to was a joint panel consisting of
representatives of the government and the Jewish Agency.
Rudnicki's study, undertaken together with Israeli scholars headed by Prof.
Marcos Silber of the University of Haifa, has already been published in a book
The Hebrew version of the book will be published in a few months. However, the
document containing the suggestion about the selection process does not appear
in the book because it did not impact relations between the two countries.
"Although there are numerous documents on the issue of immigration, we did not
find in the archives of Israel or Poland—where they also opened the party
archive for us—any response to this request by Golda to the ambassador in
Poland," Rudnicki told Haaretz. "In this respect, the document remains an
internal matter of Israel," he said.
However, Rudnicki concedes that the content of the document surprised him as a
scholar and a Jew.
"This is a very cynical document," he said. "It is known that Golda was a brutal politician who
defended interests more than people."
[But as we shall see, this fascist, Stalinist preference for the needs of the
state over the happiness of individuals lies at the core of Zionism.]
Commentary from other sources
Israel's George Washington, David Ben-Gurion, also ranked the goals of Zionism
and a fascist state far above the lives and happiness of Jewish children,
saying: "If I knew that it was possible to save all the children
of Germany by transporting them to England, and only half by transferring them
to the Land of Israel, I would choose the latter, for before us lies not only
the numbers of these children but the historical reckoning of the people of
Israel." (Quoted on pp 855-56 of Shabtai Teveth's Ben-Gurion)
"Golda Meir struck me as a very impressive and persuasive personality, though she has shown little or no understanding for the
Arabs of Palestine or for the justice of their demands. She has always talked a
great deal about the 'historical and spiritual rights of the Jews', but it is
difficult to accept the validity of 'historic rights' which can only be achieved
at the expense of people who have been living in the same place for 2,000 years.
The principle which she applies on behalf of the Jews, and by which she
justifies the expulsion of the Palestinians, would, if applied elsewhere, reduce
the world to a state of total chaos." (General Odd Bull, former Chief of Staff
of UNTSO, War and Peace in the Middle East, p.42)
There will be those who are shocked at the revelation that Golda Meir, whose
grandmotherly appearance belied a cold and cynical persona, told Poland under
the Stalinists not to send sick or disabled Jews to the 'Jewish State'.
My friend Mark Elf, of Jews sans frontieres [Jews without borders] attributes
this to eugenicism and he is right. But that is not the whole story. Throughout
the Nazi era a policy of selectivity operated. Rescuing the elite at the expense
of the masses. Israel only wanted, as Arthur Ruppin put it, the cream of the
Jewish Diaspora. 'Good human material' no less. Golda Meir's attitude to the
sick and disabled was little different from that of Hitler, who described them
as being 'useless mouths' who were to be 'awarded' a merciful death ... [it was]
Meir who launched the Zionist counteroffensive at the 1938 Evian
Conference. This conference was designed to put a gloss and halo around the
Western countries in their refusal to admit the Jewish refugees from Nazi
Germany. The Zionists were outraged that they weren't invited as representatives
of the Jews, despite being a tiny minority at that time. They were also worried—what if countries do accept refugees: won't that negate
the need for a Jewish State? They needn't have worried because no country bar tiny San Domingo agreed to
accept any more refugees. San Domingo agreed to admit 100,000 Jews and that sent
the Zionists into a panic. Their 'logic' being that if countries other than
Palestine could save Jews from Hitler, why bother building up a Jewish state.
Good question, so they set about ensuring that no country would take Jewish refugees!
They call it 'cruel Zionism' because they can be as cruel to Jews as to Arabs
when the mood takes them. And just as in Argentina they didn't want the 'wrong
sort' of Jews, so too in Israel. (Tony Greenstein, writing on his blog, December 10, 2009)
Israeli Prime Ministers constantly mislead the American public
In her autobiography, Golda Meir paints herself as a "mother" to the Palestinian
people, never mentioning the destruction of their homes and villages. But of
course she knew the terrible truth, having said in a rare moment of clarity:
"It is a dreadful thing to see the dead city. Next to the
port I found children, women, the old, waiting for a way to leave. I entered the
houses, there were houses where the coffee and pita bread were left on the
table, and I could not avoid [thinking] that this, indeed, had been the picture
in many Jewish towns [i.e., in Europe, during World War II]'. (As acting head of
the Jewish Agency Political Department, she had visited Arab Haifa and reported
back to the Jewish Agency Executive on May 6, 1948; from "The birth of the Palestinian
Refuge problem revisited" by Benny Morris, p. 309)
The American public has been deceived, over and over again, by the Prime
Ministers of Israel and other high-ranking Israelis. They tell us they want
"peace" when what they really want is the American money, weapons and influence
that allow them to continue the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians, the theft
of their land, and the creation of a fascist state that puts "achievements"
above human happiness.
Serfs and slaves always rebel: hence, 9-11
But why are we are seeing the same sort of racism at
work in Israel today that once caused so much suffering for Jewish children during the
Holocaust? According to pro-Israeli propagandists, I should say "Never again!"
to every act of anti-Semitism against Jews, but I should either wink at or turn
my back on acts of Jewish anti-Semitism against Palestinians. (Why?)
" . . . if you follow the polls in Israel for the last 30 or 40 years,
you clearly find a vulgar
includes a third of the population
who openly declare themselves to be racist.
This racism is of the nature of "I hate Arabs" and "I
wish Arabs would be dead".
If you also follow the judicial system in Israel
you will see there is discrimination against Palestinians,
and if you further consider the 1967 occupied territories
you will find there are already two judicial systems in operation
that represent two different approaches to human life:
one for Palestinian life and the other for Jewish life.
Additionally there are two different approaches to property and to land.
Palestinian property is not recognised as private property
because it can be confiscated.
The leaders of Israel and their legions of apologists and propagandists helped bring about 9-11 and two terrible wars,
by constantly demanding that Americans support Israel, when Israel is literally crushing
the life from millions of Palestinians. Have some Muslim men reacted with
violence? Yes, they have. But what would we say about a slave who saw his wife
and children being treated like animals, if he rose up against his "masters"?
Would we be shocked if he resorted to violence? Of course not. And we must
keep in mind that, according to the American Declaration of Independence, it is
not a crime to break an illegal law created by an unjust government; rather,
it is the right and duty of men to rise up and
forcefully overthrow anyone who deprives them of their self-evident rights. George Washington and Thomas
Jefferson were rich aristocrats whose living conditions were far better than
those of most Palestinians today. They claimed the right to rise up and kill
their English overlords, as long as those overlords denied them equal rights and
representative government. So according to the American Founding Fathers, unless Israel grants Palestinians either fully equal rights or
independence, they have the right and duty to rebel.
Israel's racial discrimination is daily life of most Palestinians.
Since Israel is a Jewish state, Israeli Jews are able to accrue special
which non-Jews cannot do.
Palestinian Arabs have no place in a "Jewish" state.
Apartheid is a crime against humanity.
Israel has deprived millions of
Palestinians of their liberty and property.
It has perpetuated a system of gross racial discrimination and inequality.
It has systematically incarcerated and tortured thousands
contrary to the rules of international law.
It has, in particular, waged war against
a civilian population,
in particular children.
The Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto rose up against their Nazi overlords. The Nazis
had created "laws" they expected the Jews to obey, but those laws were racist
and therefore illegal. Americans understand the right of the Jews of the Warsaw
Ghetto to rise up against their Nazi overlords. Americans also understand the
right of black slaves to disobey the racist, illegal "laws" of their white
"masters." Americans also understand that it was the racist, illegal "laws" of
the white settlers that caused Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse to go on the
warpath. Today Americans freely admit that it was Andrew Jackson who was wrong,
and Sitting Bull who was right when he hoped for peace but chose the path of war
when a racist white government proved it didn't want "peace," but to continually
steal land from Indians, by breaking treaty after treaty.
So Americans should be able to understand the predicament of the Palestinians
today, since they are experiencing very similar injustices at the hands of the
governments of Israel and the United States.
American hypocrisy compounds Israeli hypocrisy
In their slavish obedience to Israel's demands for "support,"
Americans have also become raging hypocrites, by claiming rights for themselves
which they deny to Palestinians. What would George Washington & Co. have done,
if they were Palestinians and Americans were trying to dictate their fates from
across a vast ocean? I have no doubt that Washington & Co. would have fired
salvo after salvo at the agents of the distant tyrannical government attempting
to rule them from afar. If we had asked them why they were attacking us, they
would have said, "Because you either have to give us equal rights and
representative government, or you have to grant us independence. Until you do,
you are imperialists and we have the right and duty to kill you."
If we believe our Founding Fathers, and have no wish to be imperialists because
being imperialists brings down the wrath of other people on our hubristic heads,
we need to avoid repeating the mistakes of the British monarchy. And Israel also
needs to stop constantly repeating King George's mistake. King George could have
avoided fighting the Revolutionary War by doing one of two eminently sensible
things: (1) He could have treated the Americans as equals, or (2) he could have
granted them independence.
King George's mistake was electing to employ force because he wanted to impose
his will on people who refused to be his lapdogs. Now Palestinians have informed
Israel and the United States that they are no one's lapdogs. According to our
own Declaration of Independence, we should inform Israel that it's time to make
the Palestinians fully equal citizens, or to grant them their independence. The
only other possibility is war, but why should the United States participate in a
war in which it has nothing to gain and everything to lose?
Washington and Jefferson advised Americans to avoid costly entanglements with
other nations. The costliest entanglement of all time would no doubt be a major
war in the Middle East, since there are 1.5 billion Muslims today and it would
be mind-bogglingly expensive to defeat them. But why should we try? We have
nothing to gain and everything to lose. Is there any doubt what Washington and
Jefferson would advise? Why are we fighting on the side of the imperialists,
against the democrats? It makes no sense.
But then there is no reason for Israel to fight, either. Israel has simply
refused to do what everyone knows must be done. Why? Because it has decided to
steal land it doesn't even need, for ideological (fascist) purposes. But why
should Americans pay for such a program with our money and lives? The cost to
date has been beyond enormous: 9-11, two wars,
multitudes of lives lost, huge sums of money flushed down the drain, with nothing
at all to show for any of it. How did this come about? Let's go back to the origins of
the crisis ...
"There could be no greater calamity
than a permanent discord between us and the Arab people.
Despite the great wrong that has been done us,
we must strive for a just and lasting compromise with the Arab people ...
Let us recall that in former times
no people lived in greater friendship with us
than the ancestors of these Arabs."
The origin of the conflict: Jewish racism against Palestinians
Golda Meir was wrong.
Obviously, there was a Palestinian people, and today there undeniably
still are millions of Palestinians, many of them innocent children living in
very dire straits
inside the walled ghetto of Gaza, under Israeli military occupation in the West
Bank, and in squalid refugee camps scattered across the Middle East (to
understand the horror, younger
readers might conjure up images of the movie District 9). And of
course today almost no one who knows anything about the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict denies that hundreds of thousands of Palestinians lost their land during the Nakba ("Catastrophe") of 1948,
to Jews intent
on creating a Jewish state in Palestine.
"Israel should withdraw from all the areas
which it won from the Arabs in 1967,
and in particular Israel should withdraw completely
from the Golan Heights,
from south Lebanon
and from the West Bank."
But how did it start? How did someone like Golda Meir, a mother as
well as a Prime Minister, come to dehumanize Palestinian
children? Why did she lie, or seem to lie, to the British and American publics? And what was her purpose, since no
sane person lies without a reason? And how is it possible that so many other high-ranking Israeli Jews have said things just as
horrible, and worse? If American politicians utter ethnic slurs, they get
reprimanded or fired. Hell, sportscasters get fired in the United
States for making racist remarks. So how is it possible that Israeli politicians
get away with calling Palestinians "nonexistent," "grasshoppers,"
"cockroaches," etc.? Can the old saw that "where's there smoke, there's fire"
apply in this case? Is Israel is a bastion of racial prejudice,
like Nazi Germany?
Israel must "strive for peace based on justice,
based on withdrawal from all the occupied territories,
and the establishment of a viable Palestinian state
on those territories side by side with Israel,
both with secure borders."
Unfortunately, the answer seems to be "yes." If you continue reading this page, you will find hundreds of quotations that will back up my assertion that racism has
been a driving force behind Zionism for at least a century. Here are just a
few quick examples, from leading Israelis, as quoted in books, Jewish
publications and major
American newspapers like The New York Times:
"They [the Palestinians who oppose us] are as grasshoppers in our sight." - Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir
"We shall reduce the Palestinians to a community of woodcutters and waiters." - Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
"We shall use the ultimate force until Palestinians come crawling to us on all fours."
- Deputy Prime Minister Rafael Eitan
"[When we build settlements] Arabs will only be able to scurry around like drugged cockroaches in a bottle."
- Raphael Eitan
"The killing [of Palestinians] is a good deed, and Jews should have no compunction about it."
- Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg
"We must give them missiles with relish,
annihilate them. Evil ones, damnable ones." - Rabbi Ovadia Yosef
"Spirit the penniless population across the frontier by denying it employment."
- Theodore Herzl
"The removal of the poor must be carried out discreetly and circumspectly." - Theodore Herzl
"It is our right to transfer [ethnically cleanse] the
Palestinians!" - Jewish National Fund Director Yossef Weitz
"We must do everything to ensure they [Palestinian
refugees] never return." - Prime Minister Menachem Begin
"We [Zionists] all applaud, day and night, the
- Ze'ev Jabotinsky, Spiritual Father of the Likud
This IRON WALL
is our policy towards the Arabs. To formulate it
any other way would be hypocrisy.
- Ze'ev Jabotinsky
"[Gaza will suffer] a bigger Shoah [Holocaust]" - Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai
"There is a huge gap between us and our enemies not just in
ability but in morality, culture, sanctity of life, and
conscience. - President Moshe Katsav
But what sort of superior "culture" directs a
"bigger Shoah" at women and children? Are we seeing
the type of virulent racism that once flourished in Nazi Germany? Are we seeing
the same horrendous three-step program the Nazis once employed against Jews:
(1) Blame every problem known to man on the people of another race.
(2) Dehumanize the scapegoats to the point that even women and children no
(3) Then, when they won't submit or flee or die fast enough, lash out at them in
frustration and rage.
Unfortunately, this seems to be the "program" in Israel today.
Since there are millions of completely innocent Palestinian women and children
who have never done anything to harm anyone, the racist statements above are incredibly
offensive. Please pardon my French, but who the fuck are these
fascists, and why
does it sound as if the Grand Wizards of the KKK are running Israel? When have we
ever heard an American President say that, because we have a dispute with some
Afghanis, that all Afghanis are "nonexistent," "grasshoppers,"
"cockroaches," etc.? People of good conscience know better than to lump millions
people together and damn them collectively for the circumstances of their birth. But, incredibly, it seems the leaders of Israel don't know better than to
damn innocent Palestinian children for not being born Jewish.
But then why is the government of the United States providing Israel
with hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of financial aid and advanced weapons?
Shouldn't we tell Israeli Jews to act like civilized human beings, if they want our
friendship, support, money, political influence and military hardware?
As Ron Paul has pointed out, Americans are morally responsible for what we do with
our money. We are also morally responsible for what we do with our weapons. If I
give a gun to a known pedophile and he uses it to rape a child, I am at best an
idiot, if not his accomplice. If we give money and weapons to racists intent on inflicting massive suffering on
the people they despise
― millions of them women and children who have never hurt a
fly ― what does that say about us as a nation and as a people?
The study of history can be both fascinating and frightening, especially when we
see history repeating itself in terrible ways. Today we all understand Adolf Hitler's horrendous "final solution" for the
children of Auschwitz: extermination. But have we ever bothered to ask
ourselves about the likely fate of the children of Gaza, unless the world acts
to save them? And how many people are aware
of the many disturbing parallels
between Adolf Hitler and Theodor Herzl, the father of political Zionism and thus
of the modern nation of Israel? Does what Golda Meir said about Palestinian
children ― that they don't exist ― relate to the twisted
"logic" of Hitler and Herzl?
Yes, I believe it does. This letter by Albert Einstein and other Jewish
intellectuals to the New York Times, published on December 4, 1948,
discusses the fascist leanings of the nascent state of Israel. Einstein pointed
out that Menachem Begin, a future prime minister of Israel, was the leader of a
racist, terrorist right-wing organization similar in disturbing ways to the Nazi party:
"Among the most disturbing political phenomena of our time is the emergence
in the newly created state of Israel of the 'Freedom Party' ... a political
party closely akin in its organization, methods, political philosophy, and
social appeal to the Nazi and Fascist parties. It was formed out of the
membership and following of the former Irgun Zvai Leumi, a terrorist right-wing
chauvinist organization in Palestine.
The current visit of Menachem Begin, leader of this party, to the United
States is obviously calculated to give the impression of American support for
his party in the coming Israeli elections, and to cement political ties with
conservative Zionist elements in the United States. Several Americans of
national repute have lent their names to welcome his visit. It is inconceivable
that those who opposed fascism throughout the world, if currently informed as to
Mr. Begin's political record and perspectives, could add their names and support
to the movement he represents ... A shocking example was their behavior in the
Arab village of Deir Yassin ... this incident exemplified the character and
actions of the Freedom Party. Within the Jewish community they have preached an
admixture of ultra-nationalism, 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.
The discrepancies between the bold claims now being made by Begin and his
party, and their record of past performance in Palestine, bear the imprint of no
ordinary political party. This is the unmistakable stamp of a Fascist party for
whom terrorism (against Jews, Arabs, and British alike) and misrepresentation
are means, and a 'Leader State' is the goal.
In the light of the foregoing consideration, it is imperative that the truth
about Mr. Begin and his movement be made known in this country. It is all the
more tragic that the top leadership of American Zionism has refused to campaign
against Begin's efforts, or even to expose to its own constituents the dangers
to Israel of support to Begin. The undersigned therefore take the means publicly
presenting a few salient facts concerning Begin and his party, and of urging all
concerned not to support this latest manifestation of fascism." [pp. 352-353]
A scanned image of this letter is available at
Einstein's support for a
Jewish presence in Palestine clearly did not extend to Jews seizing control of
the region and subduing or displacing Arabs. His dream was
always of a form of Judaism based on the teachings of Hebrew prophets who called
for chesed [mercy, compassion, lovingkindness] and social justice. As he saw the nature of the
Jewish state that emerged, Einstein distanced himself from the racism,
nationalism and militarism which soon became its watchwords.
Einstein considered the message of the prophets to be the living, beating heart
of Judaism, saying: "The Zionist goal gives us an actual opportunity to put into
practice, through a viable solution of the Jewish-Arab problem, those principles
of tolerance and justice that we owe primarily to our prophets. I am convinced
that the living transmission of those principles is the most important thing in
Judaism." He also said: "To be a Jew, after all, means first of all, to
acknowledge and follow in practice those fundamentals in humaneness laid down in
the Bible: fundamentals without which no sound and happy community of men can
He also said: "I
should much rather see reasonable agreement with the Arabs on the basis of
living together in peace than the creation of a Jewish state. Apart from
practical consideration, my awareness of the essential nature of Judaism resists
the ideas of a Jewish state with borders, an army, and a measure of temporal
power no matter how modest. I am afraid of the inner damage Judaism will
sustain, especially from the development of a narrow nationalism within our own
ranks, against which we have already had to fight strongly, even without a
Jewish state. We are no longer the Jews of the Maccabee period. A return to a
nation in the political sense of the word would be equivalent to turning away
from the spiritualization of our community which we owe to the genius of our
Here are the opinions of the Elders of the human race:
"What is going on in Palestine today cannot be justified by any moral code of
conduct." - Mahatma Gandhi
"I have no doubt that they [the Jews] are going about it the wrong way."
- Mahatma Gandhi
"... they are ... despoiling a people who have done no wrong to them."
"I wish they had chosen non-violence ... but according to the accepted canons of
right and wrong, nothing can be said against the Arab resistance in the face of
overwhelming odds." - Mahatma Gandhi
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
- Thomas Jefferson
"Now is the time to make justice a reality for
of God's children." - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
"The cause of unrest in Palestine, the only cause,
arises from the Zionist movement ..." - Winston Churchill
"A Zionist state in Palestine can only be installed and maintained by force and
we should not be a party to it." - Franklin Roosevelt
"I should much rather see reasonable agreement with the Arabs on the basis of
living together in peace than the creation of a Jewish state." - Albert Einstein
Voices of Reason: an Eye for an Eyelash?
Before we study the origins of the Jewish anti-Semitism against Arabs, let's
these voices of reason:
Israeli historian, Avi Shlaim, professor of international relations at the
University of Oxford:
"The Biblical injunction of an eye for an eye is savage
enough. But Israel's insane offensive against Gaza seems to follow the logic of
an eye for an eyelash." ("How
Israel brought Gaza to the brink of humanitarian catastrophe," The Guardian,
January 7, 2009)
"It is difficult to see how starving and freezing the
civilians of Gaza could protect the people on the Israeli side of the border.
But even if it did, it would still be immoral, a form of collective punishment
that is strictly forbidden by international humanitarian law." ("How
Israel brought Gaza to the brink of humanitarian catastrophe," The Guardian,
January 7, 2009)
Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert, one of two foreign doctors working at Gaza's
biggest hospital, al-Shifa, told CBS News: "I've seen one military person among
the hundreds that we have seen and treated. So anyone who tries to portray this
as sort of a 'clean war' against another army are lying. This is an all-out war
against the civilian Palestinian population in Gaza and we can prove that with
the numbers." (CBS News, January 5, 2009)
[I have read a number of reports by Israeli soldiers who said they never saw an
enemy combatant during the invasion of Gaza. If there had been any major
resistance, there would have been large numbers of dead Israeli soldiers. But
there were only 13 Israeli deaths, compared to around 1,400 Palestinian deaths.
More than 300 of the Palestinian dead were children. Once again the numbers
don't lie: it was a massacre.]
Al Haq, a Palestinian legal rights group, reports that 80 per cent of
Palestinian fatalities have been civilians. According to figures cited by the
World Health Organization, at least 40 per cent have been children. (Jonathan
Cook, "Civilian death toll spurs legal action," The National, January
"Even the death toll cited above does little to communicate the true
one-sidedness of the wider violence, injustice and cruelty. One hardly knows
where to begin. For example, largely unmentioned by the media, prior to the
latest invasion, 14 Israelis had been killed by mostly homemade rockets fired
from Gaza over the last seven years as against 5,000 Palestinians killed in
Israeli attacks." (Seumas Milne, "Israel's onslaught on Gaza is a crime that
cannot succeed," The Guardian, December 30, 2008)
[Also, it's important to note that the rocket firings are not entirely without
reason. For more than sixty years Israel has denied Palestinians their
self-evident rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If Israel had
treated American women and children with such disregard, and had inflicted so
much suffering on them, American men would be raining down missiles on Tel Aviv.
So why not be honest, and admit that men of all races and creeds will "fight
fire with fire" when their loved ones are made to suffer unjustly?]
Medicins Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders) characterized the death toll as reaching "alarming
proportions" and indicative of "extreme violence indiscriminately affecting
But don't the Jews own all the land and have the right to impose their will on Palestinians?
In the midst of so much carnage is there any rational, legal or moral basis for
Jews to claim they "own" all the land? Here are comments on the matter by
H. G. Wells, Gandhi, Churchill, FDR, and other luminaries:
"If it is proper to 'reconstitute' a Jewish State which
has not existed for two thousand years, why not go back another thousand years
and reconstitute the Canaanite state? The Canaanites, unlike the Jews, are still
there." (H. G. Wells, quoted by Frank C. Sakran in Palestine Dilemma, p. 204)
"Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the
English, or France to the French. It is wrong and inhuman to impose the Jews on
the Arabs. What is going on in Palestine today cannot be justified by any moral
code of conduct." (Mahatma Gandhi, Tendulkar, Mahatma, Vol. IV, 1938, p. 312)
"The Arabs of Palestine used to have the same rights over Palestinian territory
as the French exercise in France and the English in England. These rights have
been violated without any provocation on their part. There is no evading this
simple fact." (Maxime Rodinson, Israel and the Arabs, 1968)
"We Germans feel that the Palestinian people are entitled to self-determination as much as any other people in the world, as much
as we Germans." (Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, speaking at a press conference in Cairo on December 28, 1977)
"The cause of unrest in Palestine, and the only cause, arises from the Zionist movement, and from our promises and pledges in regard to
it." (Winston Churchill, House of Commons, June 14, 1921)
"A Zionist state in Palestine can only be installed and maintained by force and
we should not be a party to it..."
(President Franklin Roosevelt, 5 March 1945,
of State's Foreign Relations, Volume III)
"Because we took the land this gives us the image of being bad, of being
aggressive. The Jews always considered that the land belonged to them, but in
fact it belonged to the Arabs. I would go further: I would say the original
source of this conflict lies with Israel, with the Jews—and you can quote me." (Yehoshofat Harkabi, former Israeli Chief of Military Intelligence, in
"Peace Won't be a Plane Ticket to Cairo," International Armed Forces Journal,
October 1973, p.30)
"The Palestinians had lived in the country since the dawn of history ...
They are the earliest and the original inhabitants of Palestine. The
Palestinians of today are the descendants of the Canaanites, the Philistines,
and the other early tribes which inhabited the country." (Henry Cattan, Palestine and International Law,
"If the views of the advanced Zionists prevail there is
trouble ahead. Many, very many, intelligent and informed Jews admit this. It is
conceded that the present inhabitants of Palestine have occupied their lands for
centuries; indeed, some of the Syrian communities claim descent from the
Hittites who were in possession at the dawn of history. Be that as it may, all
who know the situation from actual contact and not from propaganda leaflets
admit that these people have dwelt in their present homes for two thousand
years, that the occupancy of the Jews does not go back to immemorial times, and
that their sojourn before the Dispersion was brief. Why should these 'old
settlers' be expelled, they ask, to make room for newcomers?" (Stephen Bonsal,
Suitors and Suppliants at Versailles, p. 45)
"...the initial claim, often submitted by Zionist
representatives, that they have a 'right' to Palestine based on an occupation of
two thousand years ago, can hardly be seriously considered." (Report of the
King-Crane Commission, August, 1919)
"Palestine is not the original home of the Jews. It was
acquired by them after a ruthless conquest, and they have never occupied the
whole of it, which they now openly demand. They have no more valid claim to
Palestine than the descendants of the ancient Romans have to this country. The
Romans occupied Britain as long as the Israelites occupied Palestine, and they
left behind them in this country far more valuable and useful work. "If we are
going to admit claims based on conquest thousands of years ago, the whole world
will have to be turned upside down..." (Lord Sydenham, Hansard, House of
Lords, June 21, 1922)
"I believe it was the intention of the Zionists, right
from the beginning, to dispossess the Palestinians from their homes, and I
believe the British Government was aware of this." (Arnold Toynbee, in the
introduction to an address by Sir John Richmond at a meeting in the House of
Commons, London, May 27, 1971)
"...the extent to which the refugees were savagely
driven out by the Israelis as a part of a deliberate master plan has been
(John H. Davis, Commissioner-General
of UNRWA 1959-63, The Evasive Peace, p. 57)
"Jewish terrorism ... in such savage massacres as Deir
Yassin ... 'encouraged' Arabs to leave
the areas the Jews wished to take over for strategic or demographic reasons.
They tried to make as much of Israel as free of Arabs as possible." (I. F.
Stone, New York Review of Books, August 3, 1967)
"The Jewish combatants there and elsewhere made skillful
use of psychological warfare to break their opponents' morale, and the effect
upon the civilians was only what was to be expected. At a later stage, the
Israeli armed forces did not confine their pressure on the Arab civilian
population to playing upon their fears. They forcibly expelled them: for
example, the population of 'Akka (including refugees from Haifa) in May; the
population of Lydda and Ramleh (including refugees from Jaff) in July; and the
population of Beersheba and Western Galilée in October." (George Kirk, The
Middle East 1945-50, p. 264)
"The Zionist version of the Palestinian exodus is a myth
manufactured after the cataclysm took place. If the Zionists could show that the
refugees had really fled without cause, at the express instructions of their own
politicians, they would greatly erode the world's sympathy for their plight—and, in consequence, the pressure on themselves to allow them to return. Thus in
public speeches and scholarly-looking pamphlets they peddled this myth the world
over. It was not until 1959 that the Palestinian scholar Walid Khalidi, exposed
it for what it is. His painstaking researches were independently corroborated by
an Irish scholar, Erskine Childers, two years later. Together, they demonstrated
that the myth was not just a gross misrepresentation of accepted or even
plausible facts; the very 'facts' themselves had been invented. Orders for the
evacuation of the civilian population had not simply been issued, the Zionists
said, they had been broadcast over Arab radio stations. One had come from the
Mufti himself. This was the cornerstone of the Zionist case. Yet when these two
scholars took the trouble to examine the record—to go through the specially
opened archives of Arab governments, contemporary Arabic newspapers and the
radio monitoring reports of both the BBC and the CIA—they found that no such
orders had been issued, let alone broadcast, and that when challenged to produce
chapter-and-verse evidence, the date and origin of just one such order, the
Zionists, with all the apparatus of the State of Israel now at their disposal,
were quite unable to do so. They found, on the contrary, that Arab and
Palestinian authorities had repeatedly called on the people to stay put and the
Arab radio services had consistently belittled the true extent of Zionist
atrocities." (David Hirst, The Gun and the Olive Branch, pp.
But even if Palestinians fled their homes voluntarily, there still was no reason
non-combatants should have been prevented from returning once the hostilities
were over. And there was certainly no "need" for their homes and villages to be
destroyed. It takes a considerable amount of planning and execution
to destroy hundreds of villages, so the best argument that this was the plan is
the fact that it happened.
"It seemed to me to be symptomatic of a certain
blindness to the human reactions of others that so many Israelis professed not
to understand why the Arabs who had been driven from their lands should continue
to hate and try to injure those who had driven them out." (General E.L.M.
Burns, Chief of Staff of UNTSO, Between Arab and Israeli, p. 162)
"It is my considered opinion that the State of Israel is
a racist state in the full meaning of this term: In this state people are
discriminated against, in the most permanent and legal way and in the most
important areas of life, only because of their origin. This racist
discrimination began in Zionism and is carried out today mainly in co-operation
with the institutions of the Zionist movement." (Dr. Israel Shahak, "The Racist
Nature of Zionism and of the Zionist State of Israel", Pi-Ha'aton (the weekly
newspaper of the students of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem), November
"Israel has gradually become a more and more openly
racist country. Anyone not Jewish is at best second-class in Israel."
1974, How Israel Lost Its Soul, Pelican Books, London)
"...Now in the State of Israel, those who are tempted
along the hallucinatory path of power and conquest have to justify their course
by calling on the same devils who, in the Diaspora, were directed against
(Maxim Ghilan, 1974, How Israel Lost Its Soul,
Pelican Books, London)
"---The State of Israel is presented, both at home and
abroad, as the embodiment of social democracy, a mixture of all that is good in
capitalism and in socialism, the original, the archetypal Welfare State. This
suggestion is, of course, a lie."
(Maxim Ghilan, 1974, How
Israel Lost Its Soul, Pelican Books, London)
"...Israeli society is basically a settlers' society. It
does not primarily concern itself with the "Indians" or "Niggers" of the land.
Its first priority is the creation of a united economic establishment for the
Jewish Israelis. Only then does it concern itself (almost as an afterthought)
with the captive Palestinians."
(Maxim Ghilan, 1974, How
Israel Lost Its Soul, Pelican Books, London)
Whence Such Virulent Racism?
It has been quite some time since the United States had a full-throttle racist
at the helm. Perhaps the last one really bad one was Andrew Jackson, who forced
Native American women and children to walk the Trail of Tears. Before him, there
were any number of Presidents who spoke glowingly of the glories of "equality"
and "democracy" while owning slaves themselves, including Thomas Jefferson, the
coiner of the ringing phrase, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all
men are created equal" and the father of our country, George Washington. But
truth be told, Washington and Jefferson considered themselves to be "more equal"
than blacks and Native Americans. Jefferson raised his children by Sally
Hemmings as slaves in his own (admittedly very expensive) home, and once had a
slave whipped for stealing nails, while a sermon on Christian ethics was read to
him. If the irony of that escapes you, God help you, but hopefully it didn't.
My point is simple and hopefully obvious by now: the hypocrisy of people like
Washington, Jefferson and Golda Meir can result in devastating suffering for
innocent children. Fortunately for the United States, it's been awhile since we
had a Grand Wizard of the KKK running the show. Unfortunately for the children
of Gaza, Israel has had nothing but Grand Wizards of the KKK running the show.
As you read this page, please keep in mind that I am an editor and publisher of
Holocaust poetry ― not a racist and certainly not an
anti-Semite. I am for the Jewish people, not against them. But to not
be a racist, I must also be for the Palestinian people, most of whom
are Semites. If I oppose what Nazi Germany did to the Jews during the Shoah
(Hebrew for "Catastrophe"), then I must also oppose Zionism when it inflicts
similar suffering on Palestinians, at it has during the Nakba (Arabic for
"Catastrophe"). If I criticize Nazi Germany, that doesn't make me anti-German.
If I criticize my own government, as I often do, that doesn't make me
anti-American. And if I criticize the government of Israel for allowing Jewish
racists to abuse and humiliate Palestinian children on a daily basis, the same
way an American "democracy" once allowed white racists to abuse and humiliate
black children on a daily basis, that certainly doesn't make me an anti-Semite.
In all three cases, my criticism is aimed at the policies and actions of
governments and individuals fully capable of changing their boorish, brutal,
reprehensible behavior. It is not "wrong" to criticize brutes and boors,
and it is not "unfair" to suggest that Israel needs to do what the United States
did, when it finally abandoned Jim Crow laws and kangaroo courts during the days
of the American Civil Rights Movement.
And please keep in mind that I am not opposed to the dream of Zionism. If any
family or extended family wants to live together in peace and security, I can
certainly understand and sympathize, because I feel the same way about my
family. But I understand that if I want my family to live together in peace and
security, we can't steal my neighbors' land and abuse their children, or we'll
have a war on our hands. This is, of course, the dilemma Israeli Jews face
today, because the government of Israel keeps stealing Palestinian land and
allowing the abuse of Palestinian children. To their eternal shame, many Jews
and Christians use the Bible to excuse the inexcusable, while turning blind eyes
and deaf ears to the cries of multitudes of innocent women and children. Of
course German Christians once sat in the pews of their tidy, white-washed
churches and sang hymns of praise to God and Jesus, while Jewish children
suffered unimaginable torments and despair just a few yards away. And of course
white American Christians once sat in the pews of their tidy, white-washed
churches and sang hymns of praise to God and Jesus, while black children
suffered and died in slave hovels and Native American children walked the Trail
of Tears. Was it really the "divine plan" for Christians to live out their
"manifest destiny" at the expense of the people of other races and creeds? One
would hope Jesus had higher standards. But then why do American Christians
insist that it is the "manifest destiny" of Jews to trample Palestinian children
underfoot, when there is plenty of land for everyone, if only Israeli Jews would
learn to share and share alike? Much of the land Israel stole from Palestinians
in 1948 lies fallow to this day, inside the borders of Israel, because most
Israeli Jews prefer to live in urban areas. Obviously, it makes no sense to
steal land one doesn't even need, from children who are perishing and their
families, especially when in so doing one brings the world to the brink of World
How can such incomprehensible things happen, in the modern world?
I hope you will bear with me for a few minutes, because I believe I can make a
strong case that the children of Gaza face the same ominous demon that the
children of Auschwitz once faced: a virulent, fanatical, unreasoning strain of
anti-Semitism. But I think I can also make a strong case for what the world
clearly needs to do, to save the children of Gaza. The solution is simpler than almost
anyone believes, although "simple" does not mean "easy." I will quickly
summarize my main points, then provide a wealth of facts to back up my main
assertions. Most of these facts will come in the form of direct quotations from
the diaries and other writings of the leading Zionists: Theodor Herzl, Chaim
Weizmann, David Ben-Gurion, Moshe Dayan, Menachem Begin, et al. As with Hitler,
these men's words both reveal and betray them. They repeatedly, often
arrogantly, announced what they were doing, and why, in no uncertain terms. If
you take the time to read this page in its entirety, I believe you may agree
that I have a strong case when I say that:
(1) Adolf Hitler and Theodor Herzl began with the same "solution" to the "Jewish
(2) Like Hitler, Herzl, the founder of political Zionism and the modern state of
Israel, was an anti-Semite
(3) The founders of the modern state of Israel practiced anti-Semitism,
directed at Palestinians
(4) The early Zionists did not merely seek a safe haven for Jews, but to
ethnically cleanse Palestine of Arabs
(5) This plan was in place and being implemented long before the Holocaust
(6) The Palestinians understood what the Zionists intended and had every right
(7) The solution today is for Israel to establish equal human rights, fair laws
and fair courts for everyone
(8) This can be accomplished via a new UN resolution based on the American
Creed, backed by economic sanctions (which will probably not be necessary once
the government of Israel sees the "handwriting on the wall")
Please keep in mind that I am offering facts and arguments for a specific
purpose, which is peace and the protection of
innocent women and children on both sides of the conflict, including the
children of Gaza but also Israeli and American children. Why I say this will
become clear, if you continue to read.
While at times I may seem to be "against" Israel, it is not my goal to attack or harm
anyone, but only to help make peace possible. I simply believe that it is necessary at this
time for Israeli Jews, American Jews and other Americans to admit what really
happened to the Palestinians, confess that what happened cannot be justified, then do what must be done to establish peace through justice, in the
form of equal rights, fair laws and fair courts for everyone in the
excuses or exceptions. White Americans once did very similar things to African Americans and
Native Americans. But today most white Americans freely admit that what happened in
the past was wrong, and we don't continue to treat blacks and Indians as
"inferior beings" or third-class citizens. If we can't or won't correct all the
injustices of the past, we can at the very least stop heaping new injustices on
the heads of innocent women and children. The first step is to stop
trying to justify the unjustifiable and excuse the inexcusable. The next step is
to immediately and unconditionally grant Palestinians equal rights and the protections
of fair laws and courts. This is only just, and history has proven that fair
laws and courts can lead to racial peace, even in the wake of the most terrible
atrocities. Soon after post-WWII Germany established fair laws and courts, Jews
were able to live in relative peace there, despite the recent and still-fresh horrors of the
Holocaust. Soon after the United States finally granted minorities the
protections of fair laws and courts, the grandchildren of black slaves were able to attend
integrated schools, and today we have a black president, black
senators, black judges and black generals. The myth of white "superiority" was
always a myth; so too is the myth of Jewish "superiority" to Palestinians.
If we want to avoid World War III, we need to learn the hard lessons of the
Holocaust and say "Never again!" to such things happening to other people's
children, or there will inevitably be hell to pay.
Herzl, Hitler and the terrible implications of Jewish anti-Semitism for the children of
Was Theodor Herzl an anti-Semite who, like
Adolf Hitler, directed intense self-loathing at people who looked like him:
short, dark, non-Aryan? Is the modern state of Israel
running on the same sort of high-octane anti-Semitic racism that fueled the
boilers of Nazi Germany? If so, what does this mean for the children of Gaza and
for the Palestinians as a people, since they are not
Aryan in appearance?
What sort of world do we inhabit, if 65 years after the end of the Holocaust the
children of Gaza must live in abject misery and peril of their lives because
they "look wrong"? Why have rich, powerful Jewish Overlords herded them into giant
holding pens to keep them from "getting out of line," when they haven't done
anything to harm anyone? This was the modus operandi of the Nazis: to
collectively punish all Jews for the crimes of a few. But if it was wrong for
Hitler's disciples to herd innocent Jewish children into giant corrals, how
can it be right for Herzl's disciples to do the same thing to innocent
The parallels are indeed fascinating, frightening and disturbing ... especially
when we consider that another event like 9-11 or even World War III could be
triggered by Israel's horrendous treatment of the Palestinians. What if a
plague breaks out in Gaza and the Muslim world blames Israel and the United
States for the deaths of multitudes of innocents? World War III might be the
result. So it is not only wrong for
Israel to deny Palestinians human rights and freedom, but it is very dangerous
for Israeli and American children as well, because once people have been
stripped of their ability to care for themselves, whatever happens to them
becomes the responsibility of the people in power. If a Jewish
child died due to poor medical care in a Nazi concentration camp, who was responsible: the child, his parents, or
the Nazis? The answer is obvious. But then who is responsible for the deaths of
Palestinians who die in the shadows of Israel's so-called
"security walls" because ambulances were help up at the gates? Who built the walls? Israel. Who supplied hundreds of
billions of dollars in financial aid and advanced weapons to Israel, without
ever requiring an accounting of how the money was spent or how the weapons
were used? The United States. While Israeli Jews and American
Christians constantly harp on "Islamic terrorism," in reality the governments of
Israel and the United States have inflicted far more terror on far more people
over a much longer period of time. If we want to avoid another 9-11, World War
III and a nuclear Armageddon, it's past time to confront the truth and
stop harming other men's women and children and causing them to die prematurely,
because to cause the premature death of an innocent person is murder.
If my child needs a doctor and you deliberately keep my child's ambulance from
reaching a hospital, and my child dies, what does that make you, and how should
you expect me to feel about you? If we want peace with the Muslim world, we must
understand that we cannot afford to give money and weapons to anyone who chooses
to deny Muslim children the things we cherish for our own children: life,
liberty and the pursuit of happiness (or, at the very least, not living in
abject misery for the sake of robber barons).
Herzl and Hitler: twin sons of different mothers?
How can such terrible things happen, in the first place?
Did the father of Zionism and Israel, Theodor Herzl, agree with
Adolf Hitler that
there was a "Jewish problem" simply because most Jews were not tall,
fair-skinned, fair-haired, blue-eyed Nordic demigods? Was Herzl's "solution" to the
Jewish problem exactly the same as Hitler’s original "solution"
(i.e., exporting Jews to some distant, remote hinterland where they could not
offend Aryans by being seen and heard)? If so, how should the civilized world,
which has determined racism to be an abomination, deal with Israeli
anti-Semitism against Palestinians? Has Israel erected walls twice as high as
the Berlin Wall throughout Palestine because most Jews decline to see or hear the suffering of the Semites their government and military
persecute so terribly: the Palestinian Arabs? If it was wrong for Germans to
refuse to see and hear the suffering of Jews during the Holocaust, how can Jews
justify closing their eyes and ears to the suffering of Palestinians today?
(Of course pro-Israel propagandists routinely claim that the walls are for
"security" purposes only, but this is patently untrue, an obvious lie. Security
walls are built along borders, on one's own side of the land. But Israel's
"security walls" snake deep inside the West Bank, stealing valuable land and
water resources from the Palestinians. If I build a wall halfway across my
neighbor's yard, using armed men to keep him at bay, it's obvious that I'm
trying to steal his land, so if I claim to want "peace" with him, of course he
knows I'm lying. If Israel wants true peace and real security, obviously it has to stop
stealing Palestinian land.)
Adolf Hitler, the prophet-evangelist-father of Nazism, didn’t set out to exterminate
the Jews. The first use of the term "final solution" by the Nazis may have been
in a Nazi party document published in 1931, which said: "... for the final
solution of the Jewish question it is proposed to use the Jews in Germany for
slave labor or for cultivation of the German swamps administered by a special SS
division." While that document is chilling enough, there is no mention of
Theodor Herzl, the prophet-evangelist-father of Zionism, didn’t set out to
exterminate the Palestinians. Just as Hitler saw Jews merely as obstacles in the
way of German nationalism, so Herzl saw Arabs merely as obstacles in the way of Jewish
nationalism. It seems possible that Hitler never fully considered what his
various solutions to the "Jewish problem" would mean for millions of completely
innocent Jewish women and children. It seems possible that Herzl never
fully considered what his various solutions to the "Jewish problem" would mean
for millions of completely innocent Arab women and children. But Hitler’s
"solutions" led to the suffering and premature deaths (i.e., murders) of
multitudes of Jews, and Herzl’s "solutions" led to the suffering and premature deaths
(also murders) of multitudes of Palestinians. Hitler was the single person most responsible
for World War II. Herzl could be the single person
most responsible for World War III. And the two seem very similar in a number of
They both had loving, doting mothers who encouraged their artistic pursuits.
They were both extremely close to their mothers.
They were both intelligent but often indifferent students.
They were both daydreamers and loners who were intolerant of criticism.
The were both narcissists who suffered bouts of depression, envy, self-disgust
They both read poetry and wrote poetry.
Mussolini called Hitler a sentimentalist; Herzl's biographer Amos Elon
called him an "absurd sentimentalist."
They both moved to Vienna, where they were frustrated artists (Herzl a
playwright, Hitler a painter).
They were both rejected repeatedly in their chosen fields of artistic endeavor.
Their artistic failures and non-Aryan looks drove them both to self-loathing,
perhaps to self-hatred.
Hitler came to loathe the "alien face" of the Jew: perhaps because he
despised his own?
Herzl spoke of finding a land where Jews with "hooked noses" and "bow legs"
could live apart.
They were both great admirers of German Kultur (culture) and detested
They both considered Slavs and other non-Aryans to be inferior, "servant
The were both obsessed with "the Jewish problem."
They both spoke and wrote extensively about the "Jewish problem."
They both came up with multiple highly implausible "solutions" to the "Jewish problem."
Hitler's "solutions" including exporting Jews to other nations, enslavement, and
Herzl's "solutions" included fighting duels, mass conversion, intermarriage and
ethnic cleansing of Arabs.
They both were avid admirers of Wagner, an anti-Semite who called Jews "a colony
They both wrote glowingly of Martin Luther, an anti-Semite who advocated robbing
and killing Jews.
Although being short (around 5' 8") and dark, they both admired tall, blue-eyed, fair-skinned
They were both infatuated with women with "golden" hair and blue eyes.
Hitler married Eva Braun, a golden-haired, blue-eyed woman.
Herzl married Julie Naschauer, a "petite, blond, blue-eyed" woman.
They both despised the physical characteristics of Jews, Arabs and other
"Orientals" (i.e., Semites).
They both had "crazy dreams" which they made come true, against all odds.
They were both charismatics; people compared Herzl to the Hebrew prophets and
They both acquired infatuated disciples who considered them to be "the Messiah."
They both spoke of being prophets and instruments or helpers of the Messiah.
They both believed they were meant to personally intervene in human history.
Like Hitler, Herzl was convinced that he personally would "save" his people.
Like Hitler, Herzl was fascinated by the "phenomenon of the mob" and mob
manipulation and control.
Hitler was a Nazi; Herzl was an Ashkenazi Jew.
Herzl left a detailed record of his thoughts, in the form of his own "massive
notes, diaries and letters." Readers interested in verifying my facts above
should read Herzl, by Amos Elon, because Elon's biography is based on
the written record Herzl left us himself. Few lives have been as extensively and thoroughly
documented as those of Herzl and Hitler ― yet another
Et Tu Brute? Jewish anti-Semitism
Hitler and Herzl seemed to loathe the people who looked the most like
themselves. Is this
not symptomatic of some deep-seated disease, which needs to be cured once and
for good? Why hasn't Israel received the message the Jews waited long
centuries to hear: that there is nothing wrong with being short, dark, "different" or non-Aryan.
Hitler is dead. The Nazis were defeated. The Holocaust is over. Why has Israel
bastion of racism, when Jews should prize racial equality like the proverbial
pearl of great price?
Why do so many Israelis favor Jews with Germanic origins over Jews of oriental
extraction? Isn't there something terribly wrong with a society that sees
one person as "good/clean/superior" and another person as a "bad/unclean/inferior"
based on skin tone and some strip of dirt where their ancestors originated? What
sort of nation would the United States be, if we had to know a young girl's
ethnic and geographical origins, in order to properly value her as a human
The genesis and evolution of Hitler's final solution
Hitler’s "final solution" evolved over time and only became genocide when he
realized that feeding and caring for millions of Jews who could no longer feed
and care for themselves (because the Nazis had stolen their land, homes and
property) was incredibly expensive. In the cold
calculations of fascism, there is a limit to how much money superior beings are
willing to invest in keeping inferior beings alive and in good health. Now that Israel
is faced with feeding and caring for millions of despised Palestinians, will its
leaders come to the same chilling conclusion? Is genocide inevitable for the
children of Gaza, unless the world persuades Israel that Hitler and Herzl were
Will the world stand by and allow Israel to do to the children of Gaza what Nazi
Germany did to the children of Auschwitz?
Hitler tried to "export" his "Jewish problem" to other countries for years.
It was not until 1940-1941 that he junked the last of his hare-brained schemes (to
export the Jews to Madagascar) and decided that the final "final solution" would
be genocide. This decision seems to have been reached during the time that Operation
Barbarossa, the invasion of Russia, was being planned. Russia had millions of
Jews who were spread out across a huge geographical area. It would
have been incredibly expensive and a logistical nightmare to round them up and
transport them to concentration camps, in the middle of a war between two
military titans. So the decision was made for Nazi assassins to accompany the
regular German troops and shoot Jews and other "undesirables" on sight. The
assassins would kill women and children, not just men. Once this horrendous
decision had been made, it was only "logical" for the Nazis to start killing women
and children in the European concentration camps as well, along with any men
unable to provide slave labor.
It seems inconceivable that modern human beings could be so coldly, so inhumanly
"logical." But of course white American Christians once made Native American
women and children walk the Trail of Tears, and many of them died horrible
deaths along the way. And of course white American Christians once forced black
women and children to serve as slaves, and many of them died exquisitely
horrible deaths — including those who perished in the dark, dank, festering holds
of slave ships. So if today's "people of the book" are
willing and able to consign Palestinian women and children
to this new Trail of Tears,
perhaps we shouldn't be surprised. Perhaps the ethics of Jews and Christians —
like beauty and racism — are only skin deep.
The kind of racism that allows one human being to consider another human being
completely and utterly insignificant is obviously the stuff of nightmares. It led to the Shoah ("Catastrophe") of the Jews. Has
it now led to the Nakba ("Catastrophe") of the
Palestinians? I, for one, am convinced that it has. But why take my word for it?
Let’s take a look at what the leading Jewish Zionists said themselves. Then you
can draw your own conclusions ...
Israeli Apartheid: did it "just happen" or was it planned, from the start?
The following quotes are drawn from
the published books and personal diaries
of leading Zionists, and from declassified Israeli government and military
documents. They often read like the of
Hitler and his Nazi goons, as they plotted the ethnic cleansing of the Jews in
the days before their "final solution." What do these quotes mean for the
children of Gaza and Occupied Palestine?
Theodor Herzl (1860-1904) is the person primarily responsible for the invention
of Zionism as a political movement and international force. Born into a
prosperous Budapest family, he was secular (not religious), cosmopolitan, an
intellectual, a doctor of law, a minor play writer, and the founder of the World
Zionist Organization. Herzl observed the
"Dreyfus affair" in France with an understandable sense of dread (Alfred Dreyfus, a
Jewish officer in the French military, was wrongfully convicted of treason and
sent to Devil's Island). The wave of French anti-Semitism produced (or perhaps
exposed) by the Dreyfus trial led Herzl to write Der Judenstaat ("The
Jewish State"). The book was published in 1896 with the subtitle "An Attempt at a
Modern Solution of the Jewish Question." (Righteous Victims, p. 20)
On June 12, 1895 Herzl wrote of the Palestinians in his diary:
"We must expropriate gently the private property on the
state assigned to us. We shall try to spirit the penniless population across the
border by procuring employment for it in the transit countries, while
employment in our country. The property owners will come over to our side. Both
the process of expropriation and the removal of the poor must be carried out
discretely and circumspectly. Let the owners of the immoveable property believe
that they are cheating us, selling us things for more than they are worth. But
we are not going to sell them anything back." (Complete Diaries and America And The Founding Of
Israel, p. 49 and Righteous Victims, p. 21-22)
Of course there is nothing "gentle" about taking what little penniless people
have, denying them employment, and leaving them homeless and destitute. But that is
exactly what happened to hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in 1948, and
there was nothing at all "gentle" about the methods employed against them at that time,
And please note that Herzl's plan was formed nearly a half century before the
Holocaust. The Palestinians played no role in European anti-Semitism, which was
largely a Christian phenomenon. Their fate was sealed by a conspiracy between
European Jews and Christian Zionists like Lord Balfour and Winston Churchill, long
before the Nazis rose to power. The Holocaust accelerated the rate at which Jews
emigrated to Palestine, but the Zionists were not merely looking for a safe place to
land and take shelter in a storm. They came with the intent, from the beginning, of evicting
the Palestinians, which meant leaving them landless, homeless and destitute,
which in turn meant them suffering and dying in large numbers. This ethnic
cleansing of the Palestinians, with all the suffering and death it produced,
would eventually lead to 9-11 and the subsequent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Why? Because the United
States would eventually replace Great Britain as Israel's "rich uncle" and benefactor, supplying
Israel with hundreds of billions of dollars in financial aid and advanced
weapons, while vetoing one UN resolution after another that could have helped the
Palestinians become a free, independent nation. The Muslim men who
opposed the Nakba did not have the military
capacity to take on Israel and the United States directly, so some of them resorted to
terrorism. But what about the large-scale, systematic terrorism that had been
practiced against completely innocent Muslim women and children for more than
fifty years? In this case the egg (Israeli and US terrorism against
Palestinians) clearly preceded the chicken (Muslim terrorism against the US).
In 1897 Herzl outlined a major goal of Zionism during
the first Zionist Congress convention held in Bessel, Switzerland:
"We have an important task before us. We have met here
to lay the foundation-stone of the house that will someday shelter the Jewish
people ... We have to aim at securing legal, international guarantees for our
work." (Israel: A History, p. 14)
But what was required was only the guise of legality
because there is nothing "legal" about stealing someone else's land and freedom,
while denying them basic human rights and dignity.
On September 3rd, 1897 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, I would be answered by
universal laughter. Perhaps in five years, and certainly in fifty, everyone will
know it." (Israel: A History, p. 15)
This policy of saying one thing publicly and another thing privately would
become a hallmark of Zionist leaders like David Ben-Gurion and Golda Meir. They
would spoon-feed tidbits of information palatable to the American public, using
words like "democracy" and "equal rights," while always intending to create a
racist state with as many Jews and as few Palestinians as possible, regardless
of the suffering and deaths inflicted on the Arab majority. In other words,
their basic tactics were identical to Hitler's, since Hitler demanded "living
room" for "superior" Aryans and was willing to take it by hook and crook (force
and robbery) at the expense of "inferior" races.
At the same time Herzl was keeping his true intentions close to the vest,
he was also advocating the use of "tremendous propaganda"
to woo the Jewish masses into providing the warm bodies a Jewish state would
require. Twice in his book The Jewish State, Herzl spoke of using
propaganda to further the Zionist cause.
Benny Morris (a Jewish historian), describes Herzl's
"Herzl regarded Zionism's triumph as inevitable, not
only because life in Europe was ever more untenable for Jews, but also because
it was in Europe's interests to rid [itself of] Jews and [relieve itself] of anti-Semitism:
European political establishment would eventually be persuaded to promote
Zionism. Herzl recognized that anti-Semitism would be harnessed to his
own—Zionist—purposes." (Righteous Victims, p. 21)
Herzl clearly saw the Zionist enterprise as being
colonial. On July 7, 1902, he told the Royal Commission on Alien Immigration in
I am not speaking of artificially made colonies, but
self-helping colonies, which have that great national idea." (Israel: A History,
Thus, while the United States was firmly opposing European colonialism, and
while Britain and France were in the process of granting their colonies
abroad independence, European Jews were in the process of creating the world's
last (or at least hopefully its last) colony. And what is colonization, but
foreigners exerting their will by force on weaker natives, resulting in massive suffering
and premature deaths (i.e., murders) among the indigenous majority?
The Jewish state in Palestine, Theodor Herzl wrote, would be Europe's bulwark
against the "inferior" races, among them the detested Palestinian
"We can be the vanguard of culture against
barbarianism." (One Palestine Complete, p. 150)
What he failed to admit to the unsuspecting general public was the tremendous degree of barbarianism that
would be required for Jews to dispossess Palestinians and drive them from their
land, farms and homes. His "vanguard of culture" would become like Hitler's
vanguard of superior culture annexing Eastern Europe and Russia.
Like Hitler, Herzl was a fanatic inspired by the racist
and nationalistic fervors of his time. Before he arrived at the idea of ethnically
cleansing Palestinians in order to create a Jewish state in Palestine, he had
proposed such bizarre schemes as:
(1) Personally presenting all Jews to the Pope, for a mass conversion.
(2) Intermarrying all Jews with non-Jews.
(3) Ridding the world of the Jewish race through mass conversion and
(3) Having Jews fight duels with non-Jews in order to raise their "social
position" and "prestige."
(4) Fighting duels with well-known anti-Semites himself.
While the Zionist movement he founded would hail him as a prophet, Herzl was
indifferent to God and religion and failed to have his son
Hans circumcised (although ironically Herzl's disciples would persuade Hans to have
himself circumcised as an adult). Herzl was infatuated with girls and women who
were "blond, blue-eyed, fairy-tale creatures." His idea of masculinity, as with
Hitler, was the antithesis of himself: a "blond, mustached, dapper ...
lady-killer." Like Hitler, he fixated on the ugly and grotesque, saying, "Seeing makes
me unhappy. For whenever I see, I see something ugly or vulgar." Like Hitler, he
was prey to self-loathing, self-disgust, self-hatred and self-pity. His fear of women was
"real and deep."
Herzl was a severe critic of European anti-Semitism who wrote "There is no good
deed that excuses a bad one." He was appalled by "the recklessness of pseudointellectuals who enthused over anarchist crimes with "Never mind the
victims if it is a beautiful gesture." And yet he would calmly propose the
ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, being sure not to let the general public know
the suffering his plans were sure to produce. In the end, he and Hitler had the same purpose, the
same tactics and the same methods: ethnic cleansing, racist propaganda, mob
control, etc. Thus, the foundations of Nazi Germany and the modern state of
Israel are eerily similar.