beeswax wrote:Every thinking person of reason should despise what is happening in Palestine and that includes Jews too...
Jews, being proud of the many “thinking persons of reason” that their culture has produced, do “get” what is happening in Palestine with great clarity and strength of feeling – after all, it is their culture and ethnicity which is being besmirched by the actions and attitudes of those who claim to be acting in their name.
It is important to distinguish between Jews and Zionists. As I wrote yesterday (November 11th, 2017, 12:37 pm ): “It is interesting to compare the situation that Jews find them selves in vis-a-vis Zionism with that in which Muslims find themselves vis-a-vis Islamism.”
Below this post is a reading list for Lemons with time on their hands (all by Jewish authors, except Karl Sabbagh, who is a UK-born Palestinian). For those short of time even a perusal of the titles will give a pointer to anti-Zionist Jewish thinking.
For those short of time, here are extracts from a Rabbi writing in June 2003:-
“Because We Are Jews"
By Rabbi Mordechi Weberman
There are those who ask us why we march with the Palestinians. Why do we raise the Palestinian flag? Why do we support the Palestinian cause?
“You are Jews!” they tell us. "What are you doing?"
And our response is very simple: It is precisely because we are Jews that we march with the Palestinians and raise their flag!
It is precisely because we are Jews that we demand that the Palestinian peoples be returned to their homes and properties!
Yes, in our Torah we are commanded to be fair. We are called upon to pursue justice. And, what could be more unjust then the century old attempt of the Zionist movement to invade another people's land, to drive them out and steal their property?
The early Zionists proclaimed that they were a people without a land going to a land without a people.
But utterly and totally untrue.
Palestine was a land with a people. A people that were developing a national consciousness.
We have no doubt that would Jewish refugees have come to Palestine, not with the intention of dominating, not with the intention of making a Jewish state, not with the intention of dispossessing, not with the intention of depriving the Palestinians of their basic rights, that they would have been welcomed by the Palestinians, with the same hospitality that Islamic peoples have shown Jews throughout history.
And we would have lived together as Jews and Muslims lived before in Palestine in peace and harmony.
We have attended hundreds of pro Palestinian rallies over the years and everywhere we go the leaders and audience greet us with the warmth of Middle Eastern hospitality. What a lie it is to say that Palestinians in particular or Muslims in general hate Jews. You hate injustice. Not Jews.
(We demand there) should be an apology to the Palestinian people which is clear and precise. Zionism did you wrong. Zionism stole your homes. Zionism stole your land.
By so proclaiming we proclaim before the world that we are the people of the Torah, that our faith demands that we be honest and fair and good and kind.
[End of extracts. The whole page may be found on several web sites, here's one: http://www.rense.com/general38/because.htm
79 Beyond Tribal Loyalties Personal Stories of Jewish Peace Activists
Avigail Abarbanel (editor) Cambridge Scholars, Newcastle 2012
6 Overcoming Zionism - Creating a Single Democratic State in Israel/Palestine
Joel Kovel (2007)
15 Anti-Zionism - Analytical Reflections
Roselle Tekiner (1989)
16 The Question of Zion
Jacqueline Rose (2005)
20 Zionism and the Palestinians
Simha Flapan (London & New York, 1979)
34 The Challenge of Post-Zionism
Ephraim Nimni (London, 2003)
42 Britain in Palestine The Story of British Rule in Palestine 1917-48
Karl Sabbagh (London, 2012)
43 Dark Hope Working for Peace in Israel and Palestine
David Shulman (Chicago, 2007)
49 Beyond Chutzpah
50 Israel – An Apartheid State
Uri Davis, Zed Books, London, 1987
58 The Zionist Idea A historical analysis and reader
Arthur Hertzberg The Jewish Publication Society, Philadelphia, 1997
59 Scars of War Wounds of Peace The Israeli-Arab tragedy
Shlomo Ben Ami, London 2005
60 The Making and Unmaking of a Zionist
Antony Lerman, Pluto Press, London 2012
67 The Origins of Israel 1882 – 1948 A Documentary History
Editors – Eran Kaplan and Derek J. Penslar (Uni of Wisconsin, 2011)