Zionism


By: Yishai Ametza

“When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews. You are talking anti-Semitism.”

– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King

It is amazing that while the opposite it true these days, the 20th century black intellectuals prominent before Rev. King had regarded the Zionist movement favorably because of their own strong impulses for self-determination. W.E.B. DuBois in 1919 wrote, “The African movement means to us what the Zionist movement must mean to the Jews.” In 1941, DuBois elaborated that Palestine was “the only refuge that harassed Jewry has today.”

During Israel’s War of Independence, Menachem Begin recalled that Dr. Ralph Bunche, Jr. conveyed to him, “I can understand you. I am also a member of a persecuted minority.”

Dr. King’s empathic awareness revealed a profound understanding of both the Jews’ complex embrace of Zionism, and the thinly veiled Jew hatred inherent in anti-Zionism:

“After 2000 years of exile, the Jewish People has emerged traumatized. The source of that trauma has been the constant insecurity and fear that characterized most of the Diaspora, in most parts of the world. It is a product of landlessness, massacres, periodic expulsion and flight, persecution by tyrants and abuse by the Church and Mosque who encouraged anti-Semitism to satisfy their own insecurities and political desires. …Physical security for the Jews has traditionally been improved in a number of ways: usefulness, mobility, bribery and assimilation. Psychological responses to this insecurity and trauma are well known: self-hatred and blame, identification with and appeasement of abusers, obsessive fantasy of a future paradise on earth. These solutions and responses are so integrated into the Jewish psyche that they have been passed down from generation to generation, displaying themselves even in relatively free societies, even in America and the recently liberated homeland, Israel. …

“Despite its significance to the Jewish Nation, the State of Israel has failed to alleviate most of this trauma, and has not reduced the levels of anti-Semitism — it has simply allowed anti-Semites to masquerade themselves under the new banner of “anti-Zionism”. We cannot expect anti-Semitism to disappear — Jewish existence and Jewish philosophy will always be threatening to its children: Christianity, and Islam… The trauma and insecurity, on the other hand, is within our power to diminish, should we decide to do so… “And what is anti-Zionist? It is the denial to the Jewish people of a fundamental right that we justly claim for the people of Africa and freely accord all other nations of the Globe. It is discrimination against Jews, my friend, because they are Jews. In short, it is anti-Semitism…The anti-Semite rejoices at any opportunity to vent his malice. The times have made it unpopular, in the West, to proclaim openly a hatred of the Jews. This being the case, the anti-Semite must constantly seek new forms and forums for his poison. How he must revel in the new masquerade! He does not hate the Jews, he is just ‘anti-Zionist’!”

These very true words were the words of Reverend dr. King, people who are sorely missed today. Instead we have these demagogues and anti-semitic fools like Jesse Jackson.

Think… just think, of someone saying that he wants the destruction of America because he sees the American identity as racist. And just think that this person constantly denies being anti-American because he does not hate all Americans, only America and all those who believe America should exist.
Now. replace “Jewish” for “American” and “Israel” for “America” you’ll understand the absudity of the argument that one can be anti-Zionist but not anti-Jewish.

Among the many lies that exist in our world, none is greater (or easier to refute) than the claim that Zionism is not an essential part of Judaism or the claim that anti-Zionism is unrelated to anti-semitism.

In order to understand why, it is first necessary to explain Zionism and anti-Zionism.

A modern secular movement called ‘Zionism’ was founded in the 19th century by Theodor Herzl, but the belief that Jews belong in Zion (the biblical term for Jerusalem) is as old as the Jewish people. Thousands of years ago the very first Zionist as born in Mesopetamia, his name back then was Avrom who later became known as Avrohom Avinu (Abraham our Father), his son was the next ‘Zionist’ leader: Yitzchok, then Yaakov. All of them were the early Zionists. Some hundreds years later another Zionist leader was born, Moshe Rabbeinu (Moses our teacher). He led us out of Egypt and brought us to the border of our land where the next great Zionist leader, Yehoshua Bin Nun arose and brought us into to the land. Years after that we had the shoftim (judges) of Israel, the Yishuv (community) leaders of those times who fought against our enemies in the Land, and after that we had our very first Zionist King: Shaul HaMelech who was succeeded by the greatest Zionist leader after Moshe: Dovid HaMelech (King David) from whose lineage Moshiach will come. Dovid was succeeded by his son Shlomo, yet another great and wise Zionist king.

Unfortunately many years after Shlomo HaMelech our ancestors were exiled and the Holy Temple destroyed. But our ancestors kept hoping and praying for our return to Zion, and indeed.. seventy years later they returned to their, to our homeland. That was the first Zionist return to Eretz Yisroel. Now let us make a huge timeskip in history. We are now in the time of Rabbi Akiva and bar Kochva. The second temple had just been destroyed by the Romans and the holy city of Jerusalem had fallen. Bar Kochva’s great revolt was crushed and our people were yet again in another exile, an exile that would last for another 2000 year, and even now we are kind of still in it since we’re lacking the third Beis Hamikdash (temple). From the time of Rabbi Akiva up until now we pray every day, three times daily; “v’techazena einenu b’shuvcha l’zion’ – May our eyes behold Your return to Zion. For 2000 years this is what the religious Jew prays, OUR return to Zion.

So, starting in 586 B.C., with the destruction of the first Jewish state, Jews were already Zionists in that they fervently prayed to return to Zion. While the movement known by the specific name “Zionism” is modern, the movement of Jews returning to Zion is more than 2,500 years old. That is why the claim that Zionism – the return of the Jewish people to Zion – is not part of Judaism is a theological and historical lie.

The RambaN (Nachmonides) even writes in his Sefer HaMitzvos Mitzvoh #4, that it is a Mitzvoh(!) to conquer the land of Israel. Just as the RambaM (Maimonides) wrote in his letter to the chochomim (wise Torah scholars) of Marseile, that the only reason that we are still in exile is because the Jewish people did not learn the way of warfare, in order to defend ourselves and to re-conquer the land of Israel.

Judaism has always consisted of three components: G-d, Torah and Eretz Yisroel (the land of Israel), roughly translated as faith, practice and peoplehood. And this Jewish people was conceived of as living in the Jewish country called Israel. One can argue that the modern state of Israel was founded at the expense of Arabs living in the geographic area known as Palestine (there was never a country or a nation called Palestine though); but that in no way negates the indisputable fact that Zionism is an integral part of Judaism. Nor does the fact that some Jews who have abandoned Judaism are opposed to Zionism, nor that a tiny sect of ultra-Orthodox Jews (Neturei Karta) believe that only Moshiach can found a Jewish state in Israel.

When anti-Israel Muslims or any other foolish leftists demonstrate and chant, “Yes to Judaism, No to Zionism,” they are inventing a new Judaism out of their hatred for Israel. It would be as if anti-Muslims marched around chanting, “Yes to Allah, No to the Koran.” Just as Allah, Muhammad and the Koran are inextricable components of Islam, so G-d, Torah and Eretz Yisroel are of Judaism.

But, one might argue, even if Zionism is as much a part of Judaism as any other part of the Jewish Bible, the modern Jewish state of Israel has no right to exist because it displaced many indigenous Arabs, known later as Palestinians.

Before responding to this, it is crucial to understand that this argument – that Israel’s founding was illegitimate – is completely unrelated to anti-Zionism. An intellectually honest person who believes Israel’s founding is illegitimate would still have to acknowledge that Zionism is an inseparable part of Judaism.

But the argument that Israel is illegitimate because its founding led to 600,000 to 700,000 Arab refugees is as anti-Jewish as is anti-Zionism. Virtually every country in the world was founded by displacing some of the people who had lived there, and many of those countries did far worse to far more people than Israel did. Therefore, anyone who calls only for Israel’s destruction had better explain why, of all the states on earth whose founding was accompanied by the displacement of others, only the Jewish state is illegitimate.

Take Pakistan, for example. Unlike the Jewish state of Israel, which had existed twice before in history, there was never a country called Pakistan, nor was there ever any other independent Muslim country in the part of India that was carved out to create Pakistan. Moreover, if the Jewish state of Israel is illegitimate because it created 700,000 Arab refugees, why isn’t the Muslim state of Pakistan, which created more than eight million Hindu refugees, illegitimate?

The answer is obvious. When people isolate the one Jewish state in the world for sanctions, opprobrium and delegitimizing, they are doing so because it is the Jewish state. And that, quite simply, is why anti-Zionism is simply another form of Jew-hatred.

You can criticize Israel all you want. That does not make you an anti-semite. But if you are an anti-Zionist or advocate the destruction of the Jewish state, then let’s be clear: You are an enemy of the Jews and of Judaism, and the word for such a person is and will aways be: Anti-Semite.

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Arab - Nazi similaritiesIsraeli Arabs, Jewish land, traitors and Furzi’s. One might ask himself what these things would have to do with each other. I will explain this later in this post, for each of these have a clear link to both RL (real life) and SL (Second life).

One of the modern-day thinkers used to say about history that “people do not learn from history.” And he was right, especially we – the Jewish people – do not learn from history. In Israel and all around the world there are these frantic effors to coexist with the Arabs and to come up with workable plans for Arab-Jewish coexistence. We have seen what this coexistence had brought forth. Pogroms against Jews and terrorist attacks, just as we have witnessed today. A savaged Arab that rampaged in a buildozer, killing three and wounded at least 45, and still… still do people wonder why they do this.
However, the remarkable Jewish inability or unwilingness to see the reality of the Arab hostility towards Zionism and a Jewish state is hardly of recent vintage. From the begining of the twentieth century, as modern nationalism swept from Europe into he Ottoman Empire, there existed Arab nationalist hostility thatgrew in intensity and hatred with every Jewish stride towar statehood in the land of Israel. The problem was that the early Zionists simply did not want to understand the basic fact of nationalism: no people is permanently prepared to live as a minority under another people in a land it considers its own.

Our (grand-)fathers would not see; we refuse to see. We are, indeed, their offspring.
From the very beginning of the modern political Zionist movement, the question of the Arab population in Eretz Yisroel was subject to incredible delusion and unimaginable self-delusion. It was Theodor Herzl who coinded the astonshing slogan: “the land without a people for the people without a land.” Perhaps a journalistic turn of a phrase, it was a bon mot. But in the terms of reality, Herzl could not be more wrong. That there existed a people – the Jews – without a landwas an unmistakable fact. But the land they rightfully called theirs was not empty of people.

The year 1880, from which he beginning of modern Jewish restoration dates, saw some 30.000 Jews in the land. They were of the old yishuv (‘community’), religious Jew living quietly underhe Ottoman regime, content to fulfill the mitzvah of dwelling in the land of Israel and subsisting for the most prt on charity. Alongside them dwelt some 80.000 Arabs. These latter may have been poor, ignorant, backward, lacking in political awareness, unconcsious of a ‘Palestinian’ nationhood, but they were there. And no one seemed to notice. On the one hand it was as if Arabs did not exist, or if they did, they really did not matter. ON the otherhand, there was a naive belief that this backwa› Create New Post — WordPressrd and primitive people would surely be delighted at the benefits nd progress that would be their lot, thanks to the advent of the progressive and talented Jews. As fr as an Arab national movment was converned, there was near unanimit that such a creature simply did not exist. The early secular Zionists even believed that the Arabs would culturally intergrate, be absorbed and assimilate with the Jews. MIchael Halpern even suggested hastening the process by internarriage on a massive scale. The nonsens of Arab “disappearance,” culturally or natinally, was to be echoed for years by the Zionist leaders, even when it was obvious to l that there was a large and growing Arab movement that was the deadly enemy of Zionism.

Terrible bloody massacres followed this Arab-nationalism – even before the creation of the state of Israel. A treat that the Jewish establishment did not want to see. Massacres in 1920 (in Jerusalem), 1921 (in Yaffa) and in 1929 in Chevron (Hebron), Jerusalem, Tzfat and many other places, 1936 – 1939 (throughout the entire country). 1947 (Jerusalem), from ’47 to period to May 1948 was characterized by numerous skirmishes, road ambushes, riots, bombings and massacres, whether organized by one of the other sides or spontaneous… just to name a few.

So we see that they did not want to see the real problem, just as our people nowadays refuse to see that it is impossible. Herzl, the other early Zionist leaders and perhaps even our leaders now, may sincerely not have mean it, but to think like this, was – and still is – a crude, contempuous rejection of Arab national pride.

I respect the Arab and that’s why I want him to go. Why? Because most of the Arabs do not want live in Israel under the Noahide laws and respect the Jewish-Israeli authority. I understand the Arab and he understands me. In their eyes – even though they are completly wrong – they still think that we have stolen their land and they want it ‘back.’ But I’m not going to give my land away either. This is something that a lot of people simply refuse to see.

But to come back to the title of this article, Arabs, Jewish land and traitors… Who are the traitors? The dictionary defines the words ‘traitor’ as follows: “One who betrays one’s country, a cause, or a trust, especially one who commits treason.” If we relate this our day and time we see that Israel actually has its own ‘fifth column’ as well: the Israeli Arabs. A lot of them (read: not all) are just as destructive as their brothers and sisters of Hamas, Fatah or the Hizbollah. And again the ‘establishment’ refuses to see it. Look for instance only at the Israeli members of the Knesset: Wasil Taha (Balad), who aided terrorists, visited enemy countries and talked with their goverment officials. Ibrahaim Sarsur (ra’am ta’al), who accused Israel of intentionally targeting Lebanese civilians and called for a united Arab front against Israel. And Talab El-Sana who said that Israel’s “extolled victory” in the Six-Day War not only did not lead to peace but also led to more wars. According to him Israel created the Hizbollah In 1982 and nowadays it is creating the next generation of fighters.

These people are our fifth column in the Israeli goverment. Let alone those who live among us as ‘civilians.’ Just look at the Arabs of the last two terrorist attacks in Jerusalem of today, and some months ago in the Mercaz HaRav yeshiva. Both of these were Israeli Arabs, living in Israel, with a Israeli pasport and full citizen rights. But our foolish ‘leaders’ look away, it is time not to look away, but see to see what is really going on.
The traitors here, are those that go out and talk with the terrorist, negotiate with them, giving them weapons, financial support and releasing bloodthirsty muderers with innocent Jewish blood on their hands. Those are the traitors, those who work together with the enemy. But not just people like Olmert and co. No, there are way more. Like the shalom achshav (‘peace now’) people, who provoke us again and again, incite the Arabs to go and demonstrate, to riot and make trouble.. for they know that it would gain them the world’s compassion. For whenever there is a victim, it must surely be a ‘poor Palestinian.’ Jewish victims are not worthy to talk about.

But besides the Arabs we always have the Russians. The non-Jewish Russians in Israel, we actually have quite a lot of them. Many of those Russians are not even pro-Israel, in fact the neo nazi’s we have in Israel are most often Russians. So it is not a strange sight to see a lot of Russians in Israel, speaking Hebrew fluently and even knowing a bit about Judaism, the history of the Jewish state and the Israeli military, since they too have to serve in the army. Which makes me to come back to the last part of this article’s title, the Furzi’s.

First I will give a short recap of what the Furzi’s are.

“The Furzis are a group in Second Life founded by Rainbow Pirandello and Spotz Spork. The name is a invention of Spotz Spork himself and is a combination of Furry + Nazi = Furzi. They dress like Nazis, have constructed a Nazi bunker, and worst of all, they are selling anti-Semitic propaganda.

As unfortunate as it is, a group of those cute little anthropomorphic avatars have turned to Nazism to satisfy what they claim is a “uniform fetish”. The display of Nazi symbols, wearing Nazi regalia, and other forms of Nazi worship have long since been rejected as glorifying the works and deeds of Hitler, and many European countries such as Germany, France, Belgium, and even Poland have laws against Nazism in any form. The display or sale of Nazi paraphernalia is banned in those countries. Yet these individuals regularly cover themselves in Nazi regalia as if the swastika (in this form and dress) has no more meaning than the ingredients label on a box of oatmeal.

While the Furzis claim to be ‘history buffs’, the fact is they have modified the Nazi uniforms to fit their own gang, though not even all uniforms. In some cases, instead of a swastika on their arm band, there is a paw. The uniforms are not all the same, so one many have a swastika, and another an SS Death’s Head or Totenkopf, besides that they are selling naziflags and many other nazi related things. As for their claim that their interest in these symbols is historical, by their own admission they do not reenact any historical events. The Furzi’s headquarters including their bunker where they openly glorify Hitler (yimach shemo) with posters on the walls is called ‘Das Waffenamt.’

So what is the connection between Arabs, Jewish land, traitors and the furzi’s? I will now tell you that. Just as the Arabs are a treat to eretz Yisroel (the land of Israel) – Jewish land and to our people’s survival. So are the furzi’s and their existence in SL not only an incredible insult to the Jewish people, the fact that Linden Lab allows them to stay there and spread their anti-semitism into the world is another treat on itself. It is like the German Jewish essayist Kurt Tocholsky wrote at the beginning of the Shoah (Holocaust): “A country is not only what it doesbut also what it tolerates.” In my opinion the active Furzi’s are a bunch of anti-semitic, hedonestic, Nazi glorifying thing – I do not have a better word for it. In fact the similarties between the (neo-) Nazi’s and the Arabs is quite interesting to see.

Their anti-semitic propaganda are very similar, just as those that were sold and are often seen in Das Waffenamt, just as their hatred towards the Jews is similar.

Even though the Muslims are no Nazi’s. Yes, they aren’t that ‘nice’ either, but in a different way then the Nazi’s. It’s like Ovadiah Shoher writes: “For centuries, German society was anti-Semitic, militarist, disciplined, expansionist, supremacist, and xenophobic. Germans fought among themselves and against other Europeans. Nationalism was deliberately inflated for the purposes of German unification, and fitted into the core attitudes of supremacy and xenophobia. Since the time immemorial, Germans were disciplined, ruthless soldiers. Swiss and Danes, for example, were militaristic, too, but have long passed the stage of nation-building which was very recent for Nazi Germany, and are therefore peaceful. France, Ukraine, Serbia and most other European countries could initiate Holocaust just like Germany; Ukraine did just that in the early twentieth century, and France efficiently collaborated with Germans to bring the Holocaust about. Very few Germans were actively involved in genocide, but others concurred; the very same pattern is visible in France, Italy, and other countries. Anti-Semitism is endemic to Christian culture and actionable in Europe. In America, anti-Semitism was never encouraged officially, and Americans, though dislike Jews, are unlikely to organize genocide.” Even in Iran (note: Iranians are no arabs) Jews are being treated better then Jews in the Arab country of Syria, where they are brutaly oppressed. In the nineteenth however century, German Jews lacked full citizenship and popular parties vehemently opposed endowing Jews with full civil rights. German newspapers routinely published anti-Semitic articles and cartoons – a thing unheard of even in Iran where the line is carefully drawn between Zionism and Judaism, and even anti-Zionist propaganda doesn’t remotely resemble the anti-Semitic fury in Germany (or the Arab countries). German culture is inherently anti-Semitic, with short-lived Weimar Republic being the only exception. Germany was anti-Semitic in the fourteenth century, in the twentieth, and in the twenty-first.”

This anti-semitic culture is being spread in SL – throughout the entire world – by people who claim to be history buffs but act nothing like it. Not only do they spread this hatred, they also – either willingly or unwillingly – act as a platform for neo nazi’s around the world to meet with eachother. Even though if one would not have this intention, they would still serve as it, for it attracts without a doubt neo nazi’s.

But like I’ve said before, “people do not learn from history.” When Ze’ev Jabotinsky visited Poland in the early 1930’s and told the Jews to run, to flee, to go to Eretz Yisroel because a danger was coming, the Jewish establishment made fun of him and slandered him. When Rabbi Kahane zt’l, hy’d stood up in the late 60’s to defend the Jews against anti-semitic thugs, whether they were in New York, somewhere else in the States, in Canada, or wherever in the world. The Jewish establishment worked against him, they came up with all kind of accusations, even lies about him. They were prepared to talkand sit around the table with outspoken anti-semites, but they refused to sit with Rabbi Kahane, because they were afraid. They knew that Rabbi Kahane was right, but they were afraid to act. They blinded themselves and refused to see the truth.

Unfortunately we have the same thing in Second Life. Many Jews look away, even though they know it is not right. Some of them even told me that they saw it, and they knew about it but they simply looked away. There are Jews and non-Jews in Second Life, but especially Jews that can do a lot about the griefing and anti-semitism in the Jewish sims (and outside them!), but they simply ignore it.

Let us hope that people will finally see and realize the reality…

B’ahavas Yisroel,

be-jewish.jpgI just read an article on Arutz Sheva about the weakening of Jewish roots in the world Jewry. While the Israeli Jewry feels more Jewish. This is an perfect example of how chutz l’aretz is affecting us. We can sit in shul whole day, we can eat kosher and live in Brooklyn, Boro Park, or wherever we have our communities. Yes, we can even have our own community at SL, but it’s no Eretz Yisroel. Our soul, the Jewish soul is yearning for it’s return to Eretz Yisroel. We even have a kotel and some Zionist organisations at SL… And all of this is because of the yearning of our soul.

So… what are we waiting for? “We see that the Jewish attachment of millions of Jews around the world is getting weaker,” Jewish Agency chief Ze’ev Bielski said Thursday at the Ruppin Conference for Immigration and Social Integration. “In the past, every Jew [sic] spoke Hebrew, but today many Jews prefer to have their children study physics instead of Hebrew, so that they will be able to go to university.”

So.. since we cannot fit in the goyische society less we assimilate. That left us with only one option, and a Torah option! Make aliyah, leave, go, emigrate to Israel. As you know we a chazon, a ‘vision’ of shivat Zion. Every day we pray three times daily “Va techazena einenu b’shuvcha L’zion” (May our eyes behold thy return to Zion). With Pesach we utter the joyfull wish of “L’shana habo b’yerushalayim!” – next in Jerusalem. But why do so many of us, stay in chutz l’aretz? The Jew, whose sojourn in an exile two milenia old as corrupted and perverted the most basic of real Jewish values. Bearded and piously payotic, clean shaven and woolly skullcapped, knittedyarmulked they all join with all the others in the ecumenical worship of the Golden Calf of our times: The Golden Exile.

Go up to the Land concerning which they shed hot tears every Tisha B’Av, anniversary of the national day of national mourning? Actually uproot themselves from the Exile and go dwell in the Zion and Jerusalem they piously seek every year, “next year?”

But the chandeliers and the expensive shaitel wig and the quicksand, which is the good life are far more powerful than commandments.

“For you are to pass over the Jordan to go in to possess the Land which the L-rd your G-d giveth you, and you shall possess it and dwell therein…” Deuteronomy 11.

“And they scorned the desirable land…” Psalm 106

And so they invent all kinds of rationales, all cloaked in a tallis that is all blue. “Israel is also Exile…” “This is not the beginning of the redemption, merely the footsteps of Moshiach…”

Can one look at a state that rises miraculously after two millennia and watch an ingathering of exiles from a hundred lands and not see in this the beginning of the great vision and redemption? Regardless of the sins and abominations in the land? No, that which we do not wish to do, we do not. But first, we must stamp the swine with the halachic label of kosher…

Nothing moves the “religious…” they have been inordinately twisted and corrupted by twenty centuries of abnormality. One simply cannot live as a minority for twenty centuries, two thousand years, supping at other’s tables, pleading for a smile, a tolerant act, love, and remain normal. One cannot live in a stranger’s home and remain stable. A minority must, of necessity, inherit insecurities, complexes, fear, and instability. A minority must, of necessity, be exposed to and influenced by the majority culture that insidiously enters, corrupts, changes, lays its permanent hand on Judaism, so that the Jew assumes the Gentile value and assumes too, that it is Jewish.”

But on the other hand in Israel, a recent poll shows that half of Israelis feel they are Jewish first, and 45% says they are Israeli first. The remaining 5% told the pollsters – of the Mutagim Polling Institute, in honor of Israel‘s 59th Independence Day – that neither title represented them. The poll found that 82% of those who are religious (92% of Hareidi-religious) and 64% percent of those who said they were right-wing, said they were more Jewish than Israeli. On the other hand, 72% of secular Israelis said they were more Israeli. These numbers says great deal about the goyische influence of chutz l’aretz on the Jewish people. We get influenced by the goyischkeit, and the only way to avoid this, is to make Aliyah and live in a Jewish state.

New immigrants to Israel also feel more Jewish. The numbers in a recent Ruppin Academic Center survey that nearly 85% of Ethiopian olim (immigrants), 80% of those who came from the former Soviet Union, and a bit more than 60% of Western olim characterize themselves as more Jewish than Israeli.

So… let us not wait to be a victim, twice over..