August 2, 2018

The struggle between Zionism and ethical Judaism


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s extreme right-wing government has abandoned any façade of democracy and liberalism and is effectively exposing Zionism as a racist and nationalistic project rooted in white supremacy, settler colonialism and 19th century European fascism. This has led to a profound crisis for Israel, which seeks to conflate Zionist interests with Jewish interests and values and is dependent on its links to American Jews who are predominantly liberal.

Israel’s consistent drift to the right

The rise of reactionary forces in the United States and Europe has served to embolden Israeli aggression and to encourage its continued drift to the right. As a result, the past few months have been especially traumatic for Palestinians in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Here are some key events:

  •     As a “gift” for Israel’s 70th anniversary, the Trump administration decided to transfer the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a highly controversial move that officially ended any hope for a two state solution in Israel/Palestine.
  •     To protest against the embassy relocation to Jerusalem and to mark the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, Palestinians organized “The Great March of Return”, which attracted thousands of Gazans of all ages.
  •     In response, Israel brutally cracked down on protesters, killing over one hundred and forty and injuring more than sixteen thousand.
  •     On July 14th, the Israel Defense Force (IDF) began yet another bombing campaign of the impoverished Palestinian open air prison of the Gaza strip, adding further to the list of dead and injured.
  •     On July 19th, the Israeli government passed a law titled “Israel as the Nation State of the Jewish People”, which effectively defines Israel as a Jewish ethno state and codifies a system of apartheid whereby Palestinian residents are second class citizens.
  •     To add insult to the list of injuries, the Israeli government has proudly coddled the Trump administration, in spite of its racist base. What’s more, Benjamin Netanyahu has openly embraced some of the worst anti-Semitic leaders in the world.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Certainly no change there. The Zionist leadership were in bed with the Nazis right from the start, as is evidenced by Brenner's 51 Documents. They wanted Palestine, and were willing to see every Jew killed except those willing to go to Palestine as invasive colonisers.