Perspectives on Zionism. By Paul J. Balles

Via: Redress.

When we have settled the land, all the Arabs will be able to do about it will be to scurry around like drugged cockroaches in a bottle. (Raphael Eitan, Chief of Staff of the Israel Defence Forces, New York Times, 14 April 1983)

Recently, three brilliant experts have unmasked Zionism with articles that may never reach the mainstream media, simply because Zionists currently control that media.

Alan Hart provides excellent coverage of how Zionism infected Palestine, what it means today to Palestinians and the hallmarks of Zionist self-righteousness and arrogance of power.

Jeff Gates clearly reveals how Zionism is a strategy for targeting thought and emotion as a means to influence behaviour. He reflects on how Zionists have deluded the US and how its psychopathic ideology assumed the appearance of legitimacy.

Maidhc Ó Cathail cleverly portrays how Zionism uses the shameless audacity of chutzpah, symbolized by the quality enshrined in a man who, having killed his mother and father, throws himself on the mercy of the court because he’s an orphan.

It seems appropriate to convey additional perspectives from others who have looked at Zionism with serious concern and dedicated scholarship.

Gilad Atzmon has described “Israeli barbarism” as going “far beyond bestiality,” concluding that it is indiscriminate “killing for the sake of killing.”

In Israeli politics, “Arab blood is translated into votes,” argues Gilad. He should know. As a Jew, growing up in Israel in the 1970s, he says, “We were trained to believe that `a good Arab is a dead one’.”

The Zionist dream has prompted murder. Gilad comments that Eitan got away with referring to Arabs as stoned cockroaches in a bottle. “He also got away with the murder of many thousands of Lebanese civilians in the first Lebanon war. In a word, Israelis manage to get away with murder.”

A year ago, in an article on “The nucleus of evil” I reflected on Israel’s beginning, when the terrorist actions of Zionist groups like the Hagganah, the Irgun and Stern Gang (forerunners of the current Israeli terrorist army), established “extermination” as a control mechanism.

Over 2,000 attacks on Palestinian civilians, killing over 15,000, occurred before anyone declared Israel a state. US Mafioso terrorism didn’t hold a candle to Zionist annihilation as a methodology.

Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh also pointed out that “33 massacres were committed by the pre-state Jewish forces, including the famous massacres of Tantura and Deir Yassin.” Carnage was the Zionist goal for Palestine.

Ignoring practically every UN resolution critical of Israel, the Zionists continued the campaign to extend the occupation of Palestine, first by denying that Palestine existed while importing settlers to bludgeon, bulldoze and bully Palestinians.

Apart from the extermination of Arabs by the Zionists, the Israelis have carried on with their slaughter and terrorism in Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank, made possible by unmitigated support from Zionist America.

It wasn’t enough to terrorize Palestinians. On a trumped up excuse, the Zionist war machine ravaged cities and towns, bombing bridges, wrecking roads, slaughtering civilians in a bloodlust attack on neighbouring Lebanon. The American media did their best to ignore it.

Writing in the Los Angeles Times last March, Ben Ehrenreich, Jewish author of the novel The Suitors, observed: “To question not just Israel’s actions, but the Zionist tenets on which the state is founded, has for too long been regarded an almost unspeakable blasphemy.”

On the fundamental problem, Ehrenreich comments:

Founding a modern state on a single ethnic or religious identity in a territory that is ethnically and religiously diverse leads inexorably either to politics of exclusion (think of the 139-square-mile prison camp that Gaza has become) or to wholesale ethnic cleansing. Put simply, the problem is Zionism.

James Petras, author of The power of Israel in the United States, has exposed the role of Zionist lobbies in the United States, led by the American Israel Political Affairs Committee (AIPAC), including the power they exercise:

The Zionist Power Configuration (ZPC) has over 2,000 full-time functionaries, more than 250,000 activists, over a thousand billionaire and multi-millionaire political donors who contribute funds to both political parties. The ZPC secures 20 per cent of the US foreign military aid budget for Israel, over 95 per cent congressional support for Israel’s boycott and armed incursions in Gaza, invasion of Lebanon and pre-emptive military option against Iran

Commenting in “The tactics of the Israeli lobby” after Zionists attacked him, Charles Freeman wrote: “The tactics of the Israel lobby plumb the depths of dishonour and indecency and include character assassination, selective misquotation, the wilful distortion of the record, the fabrication of falsehoods and an utter disregard for the truth.”

Jewish anti-Zionist journalist Jeffrey Blankfort reminds his readers that the pro-Israel lobby has long held the US Congress in thrall, strangling what little is left of American democracy.

Blankfort notes “how one president after another tried to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict and how each one was forced by the lobby to retire from the field defeated. And with each defeat, the theft of Palestinian land and the growth of the settlements continued.”

Anyone like Blankfort, who has been a critic of Zionism for years, will find himself the object of brutal attacks. Unmoved, Blankfort observes, “Israel’s crimes over the years have convinced me that they, like hypocrisy, are fundamental to Zionism and to Israel’s existence as much as heroine is to the drug addict.”

Why are Zionists unwilling (or unable) to engage in dialogue. Gilad Atzmon had the answer: “Zionism is not a dialogical narrative; rather, it is a pragmatic and ruthless practice that seeks control of land and discourse.”

That dialogue with the Zionists may be an unfruitful waste of time is clear from the kinds of vitriolic Zionist propaganda by David Harris and Alan Dershowitz in the Huffington Post.

The activities of Zionists deserve the exposure that honest, truth-seeking writers can give it. The only hope left for ending the stranglehold of Zionism in the Middle East is full awareness of the shameless audacity of Zionist chutzpah.


Paul J. Balles is a retired American university professor and freelance writer who has lived in the Middle East for many years. For more information, see http://www.pballes.com.

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