Defining Israeli Zionist Racism: Part 6

Section 1: Analysis of Israeli Zionist Racism [Continuation]

F: Examples of Israeli Zionist Racism

As the guiding ideology of Israel (and a highly influential, if not guiding, ideology now in the United States), Zionism has concrete sides. That is, its basic tenets moved from being agenda items to a tangible reality. However, while the scope of the Zionist enterprise in Palestine is now clear: an exclusive Jewish state that is also the dominant military power in the Middle East, the wider objective is the accomplishment of the scope of American imperialism (as dominated by American Zionists) for world domination managed through Israel but with direct participation of the United States and Europe. In essence, it is correct to characterize the ongoing wars against the Arab states as principally the Americo-Israeli wars with Canada, Australia, and European states in ancillary roles.

To accomplish its own specific objective, Israeli Zionism adopted four measures:

1. The attainment of an exclusive state for “Jews” through ethnic-religious cleansing of Palestinians;

2. Expanding the boundaries of this state through the continuing occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, the Golan Heights, Shebaa Farms, and claims over other parts of contiguous Arabs states, as the recent claim that Syria sold part of its territory to Zionist organizations under the direction of Baron Rothschild in the 1920s.1

3. The reliance on the systematic use of extreme racist violence to achieve the objectives set by the Zionist manifesto,2 as well as by the successive developments of the ideology of imperialism inside the Israeli ruling class; and

4. Using American-supplied military hardware and technology to project the Israeli Palestinian experience to other countries as it has been happening in Iraq, Lebanon, and Somalia (a member of the Arab League).

The aforementioned Israeli Zionist measures in Palestine astoundingly resemble the American measures on what came to be called the United States. Through extermination and expropriation, British and European colonialists and their American successors exterminated and destroyed most of the socio-economic structures of the Original Peoples, and then declared them “Domestic Dependent Nations” (granting them US citizenship in the early 1920s). Likewise, European Jewish settlers repeated the American colonialist example as when the installed Zionist state granted the Original People of Palestine a political status called the “Palestinian Authority”, which in effect, is a copy of the American concept of “domestic dependent nation”, only it is far worse and more cynical.

To show how racism is working in the Israeli example, we relied on two sources: 1) Arabs Against Discrimination Organization (AAD), and 2) We The People Foundation (WTP). [For extensive listing of acts of racism reported by the AAD.3. In addition, footnotes from 3 through 8, can be found in the same link]

Facts Reported by the AAD

• “In a moment of truth and courage, Chief of Staff Moshe Yaalon admitted that the field investigation into the close-range shooting of Palestinian Iman al-Hams ended in failure. “Our inability to find the full truth in the field investigation is a dismal failure,” he said. In addition to launching a scathing internal critique, the Chief of Staff announced that despite recently published reports of serious behavior on the part of Israeli soldiers in the territories, “We should not take field investigations out of the army’s purvey. … etc.”4

• “Yesterday 117 olive trees were uprooted from a Palestinian-owned orchard in the Jayyus village near the Tzofin settlement next to Qalqaliya. The owners of a quarry surrounding the orchard on all sides and the residents of the Tzofin settlement, whose structural plan puts the orchard inside the settlement, are contesting the Palestinians’ ownership of this land. Despite clashes with the owners of the quarry and the settlers, the Palestinians continue to cultivate the orchard. Recently, the Civil Administration announced that the land on which the olive trees are planted is the private property of Mohammed Salim, a resident of Jayyus village. The people of Jayyus said that dozens of settlers, some of them armed, came yesterday morning to the olive grove, which is located west of the separation wall. A bulldozer began uprooting olive trees planted there.”5

• “Today (December 13) a strongly worded public confrontation took place at the Herzliya Conference between journalist Ilana Dayan, the presenter for Channel Two’s “Ovda,” (Fact) and IDF spokeswoman Ruth Yaron. During a workshop entitled “Society, Media, and the Administration,” General Yaron attacked Dayan for broadcasting a tape in which soldiers involved in the shooting death of a 13-year-old Palestinian girl in Gaza exchanged words. Last night, Chief of Staff Moshe Yaalon strongly attacked the program’s operation team because of the story, broadcast a few weeks ago, describing it as “false and distasteful.”6

• “According to statistics published by the United Nations, the IDF has demolished more than 1,500 homes in the Rafah are in four years of combat, leaving 15,000 homeless. Most of the demolitions took place in this area because the IDF wanted to expand the Philadelphia Corridor on the Israeli-Egyptian border to prevent the digging of tunnels for weapons smuggling and attacks on their forces along the border”7

• “Fighters with a special naval force reported that they forced Palestinians to act as human shields for the soldiers, according to reports on Israeli Army Radio today.8

• “As for me, I wish the scum would die of thirst.” These words were spoken by a general with the IDF last night, referring to the residents of Jenin during Operation Defensive Shield, during a lecture he gave to reserve soldiers in Tzrifin.9

Facts Reported by the WEP

The We the People Foundation (WEF) published an all-inclusive petition to the U.S. government to stop funding the state of Israel thus stopping the violent practices of the Israelis in the remaining but occupied Palestinian territory. In the document entitled, “Petition for Redress of Grievances Regarding the United States’ Unconstitutional Financial Aid [sic] to Israel and Occupation of Various Countries in the Middle East”, and after a preamble of twenty paragraphs starting with the word, “Whereas”, begins paragraph 21 that contains a comprehensive list of Israeli violations of Palestinians’ human rights.10 If studied carefully, each item listed in the paragraph is a screaming testimony of Israeli Zionist racism:

PARAGRAPH TWENTY-ONE

WHEREAS, evidence presented by Mearsheimer, Walt and Carter show the tax revenues collected from the People of the United States and sent to Israel are being used by Israel as follows:

• Treating the Palestinians worse than cattle, detaining them at will for long periods at hundreds of check points (denying emergency medical care to those who need it and causing produce to rot on farmers’ trucks, etc.);

• Arresting, torturing and assassinating thousands without due process; destroying homes, orchards and business places to make room for new Israeli settlements and highways that are off limits to the Palestinians;

• Keeping Palestinian cities under intermittent curfews, with confinements sometimes lasting for weeks;

• Depriving the Palestinians of their basic Natural Rights to assemble, speak freely, travel freely, and to fair and public trials in civilian rather than military tribunals;

• Imposing indefinite sentences of imprisonment;

• Preventing free trade of produce and manufactured goods originating in the occupied territories;

• Curtailing the supply of water and foodstuffs into the occupied territories if for the benefit of the Palestinians, resulting in widespread hunger and malnutrition;

• Discharging untreated sewage from the new hilltop Israeli settlements into the surrounding fields and villages;

• Closing Palestinian schools and universities; arresting educators; closing bookstores, censoring libraries;

• Encouraging unemployment;

• Intercepting aid meant for the Palestinians and using it for the benefit of Israel, including the razing of more Palestinian homes and the construction of additional Jewish settlements connected by limited access highways. …

G: Israeli Zionist Racism in Their Own Words

We divided the arguments in two parts: 1) general discussion, and 2) Zionist quotes

(1): GENERAL DISCUSSION

No racism can exist and then persist without an intellectual substrate, in this case, ideology. Ideology — acquired or assimilated — is a conscious practical attitude vis-à-vis specific subjective or objective reality. Racism subsists for its existential continuation on a plethora of nourishing elements. No such element — from whatever origin — can compete with that one single source that feeds racism with unlimited rationales to exist, prosper, spread, and predominate: language — written or oral.

Language expressing distorted, derogatory, bestializing and supremacist geographical, regional, national, racial, ethnic, political, or religious sentiments are the ubiquitous distinguishing marks of the ideology of racism. Among all ideologies of hate and racism, past and present, perhaps none can surpass the abhorrence, violence, and utter falsehood of Zionism. Incidentally, the wall that Israel built to isolate its ghetto-fortress from the territory it occupies in the Palestinian West Bank symbolizes the highest expression of racism. What else could it be except arrogant racism that makes Israel (which has colonized an additional fifty-five percent of stolen historic Palestinian territory since 1967) dehumanize the Palestinians with dependency on its economy by denying them petty jobs and turning them into starving, desperate prisoners in their own land?

Although Zionist racism in Palestine exists in countless forms (for instance, military occupation by itself presupposes essential racism, since it means 1) the subjugation of one by another based on disparity of force, and 2) incompatibility of objectives between occupier and occupied) a problem of method to qualify this racism does exist. For example, how does one track down what, when, how, and where Israeli or western Zionists make racist assessments on the Palestinians or Arabs, and how to authenticate their veracity?

It is utterly redundant to say that, in the age of instant global mass communication and of the internet where reliance on information disseminated by websites is gradually supplanting all other means of information, we are confronting a situation whereby we have no choice but to wade through mounds of outright falsifications, false claims, fake news, and forged data.

Consequently, in a situation such as this where the mendacity of manipulated information is suffocating our desire to know the truth about events, being able to distinguish between what is true and what is false is not only difficult to grasp, but also requires to us to overdose on stamina and perseverance. That is because manipulation, alteration, disinformation, and corruption of authentic news, information, and historical data are nowadays rampant to the point of stubborn insanity. However, despite the daunting task to verify sources and authenticity of information, a modest research to discover who is behind the website and how the site presents its facts and self is the clue we need to make informed evaluations without delving deeply into the presented subject.

Conversely, while it is easy to anticipate with precision the information divulged by websites such those of the White House, Department of Defense, the Weekly Standard, AIPAC, the New York Times, the New York Post, ADL, the Council for Foreign Relations, and the Wall Street Journal, etc., evaluating websites that profess “accuracy” in media reporting requires a rigorous examination. Ensuing is a concise discussion on this matter.

As it is always the case, supporting an analysis by calling on reliable sources is a powerful instrument to validate specific arguments. Accordingly, to support our analysis about Israeli Zionist racism, we prepared a few quotations that may uphold our charge. However, since reasoned skepticism is necessary when dealing with these issues, we are compelled to pose a few questions: Are these quotations reliable? Did anyone verify the source? Is someone trying to disgrace “blissful”, “innocent” Zionism maliciously? Are these “infamous” Arabs or “Jew haters” white American supremacists behind these anti-Zionist fabrications? Finally, since we are advocating accuracy, can we ourselves be accurate while putting forward a material that most probably is true, yet we need to verify further? Yes, we can; but only by adopting a strategy that allows for reasoned conclusions.

Hence, we have decided to re-produce these quotations and place the burden on the Zionists to prove them fake. A caveat is in order though: as is always the case, a contentious matter needs neutral, unbiased verification. For instance, where verification is in order, Zionists who wish to dispute a quotation cannot call for support other Zionists. An example of this: if the Zionist Organization of America wants to prove that a quotation we cited is false, it cannot refer us to a “study” done by the Anti-Defamation League. For us, accepting, face value, proposed disqualifications of quotations just because they emanate from websites or sources describing themselves as “guardians of accuracy,” means a recipe for intellectual disaster and a perpetuation of dishonesty.

On the other hand, shifting the burden onto us to prove the authenticity of a quotation would not work for the following fundamental reason: in the absence of ironclad proof on the origin of a quotation, the best way out is to see how opposing ideological forces resolve a specific contention. We will discuss this matter by studying two cases: 1) Barbara Kay (the National Post), and 2) the Hungarian-Israeli-American author Raphael Patai.

Next: Part 7 of 12

Read also Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5.

  1. Read “Israel’s latest “land grab” against Syria – Rothschild bought 15K acres!,” Elder of Ziyon, 1 December 2007 and by Arab media): Translation, “Israel claims possession of land in the heart of the Syrian capital near the palace of President Bashar al-Assad,” Palestine today, 1 December 2007. []
  2. A summary, “Der Judenstaat,” Wikipedia. []
  3. Discrimination Against Palestinian by Arabs Against Discrimination. []
  4. Yariv Oppenheimer, “The army has discovered negligence and apathy,” Haaretz, 13 December 2004. Available at Arabs Against Discrimination website. []
  5. Arnon Regular, Palestinians: Armed settlers uproot 117 olive trees in an area declared private property by the Civil Administration, Source: Haaretz, 11 December 2004. []
  6. Roni Dorn-Dinur, “IDF Spokeswoman accuses Ilana Dayan of fabricating tape,” Walla, September 28, 2004. Available at Arabs Against Discrimination website. []
  7. Site editor, “Around 1,500 houses have been razed during the intifada and 15,000 civilians made homeless,” Haaretz, September 28, 2004. Available at Arabs Against Discrimination website. []
  8. Site editors, “Naval special unit: We forced Palestinians to act as human shields for us,” Nana, 8 December 2004. Available at Arabs Against Discrimination website. []
  9. Site correspondent, “IDF General: Let this scum die of thirst,” Walla, 26 November 2004. Available at Arabs Against Discrimination website. []
  10. Petition for Redress of Grievances Regarding the United States’ Unconstitutional Financial Aid to Israel and Occupation of Various Countries in the Middle East by the We The People Foundation. []

Kim Petersen is co-editor of Dissident Voice. B. J. Sabri is an Iraqi-American antiwar activist. They can be reached at: Petersen_sabri@yahoo.com. Read other articles by Kim Petersen, or visit Kim Petersen's website.

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  1. jaime said on January 4th, 2008 at 3:38pm #

    WE THE PEOPLE is an marginal choice of sources to be sure.

    Not exactly a political think -tank or known to specialize in Middle Eastern Affairs, WE THE PEOPLE is basically a US tax-protest movement.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_the_People_Foundation

    In a case involving Richard Michael Simkanin, a tax protester who supported the Foundation and who is currently serving a prison sentence for Federal tax offenses, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has stated that the We the People Foundation (“WTP”):

    promotes the view that, despite common misconceptions, there is actually no law that requires most Americans to pay income taxes or most companies to withhold taxes from employees’ paychecks.

    We the People Foundation organization argued unsuccessfully that, based on the First Amendment right of the people to petition the government for a redress of grievances, the government should have a duty to respond to a taxpayer’s demand for an explanation as to why taxpayers are subject to income tax.

    On May 8, 2007, the argument was rejected by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in We the People Foundation, Inc. v. United States

  2. russ Bolivar said on January 4th, 2008 at 5:18pm #

    You are a funny (very funny) person Jaime. This is why: “what does the fact that “WE THE PEOPLE is basically a US tax-protest movement” has anything to do with the incontrovertible facts it reported? Wise up man! Your abject, lousy Zionist feelings make you a vapid, intolerable commentator on facts of Zionism…

  3. jaime said on January 4th, 2008 at 6:32pm #

    It’s just one of my little ways of pointing out that your sources here aren’t very credible, and are usually faulty as well as unusually biased.

    One would think that this was a forum that specialized in hatred of Israel, but in the name of peace and social justice.

    All you nice people seem to want to do, is pile invective on top of lies. Do you think that is going to free the Palestinian people?

    No it won’t. It just entrenches the separation and siege mentality on both sides.

  4. Ralph Ray said on January 4th, 2008 at 8:14pm #

    Another commonly employed tactic by Israel Lobby trolls is to attack the “credibility” of sources. Since the people who troll for GIYUS.Org and other Zionist groups are often not the brightest or best informed souls, they are usually given a short list of rhetorical tactics that can be employed to attempt to discredit an argument even when one lack the knowledge or the ability to construct an actual argument against it. Jaime’s tactic here–making fun of the name of the source as a means of casting doubt on its credibility–is typical of what Israel Lobby trolls often try to do. Note that Jaime’s remarks don’t in any way discredit the statement in question or undermine its truth value; they only serve to cast just enough doubt on it so as to possibly confuse other readers, and perhaps to discredit it with less critical readers. That is its purpose, to undermine the credibility of an argument without actually refuting it. The late Senator Joseph McCarthy was a master of such diversionary techniques. Jaime is no Joe McCarthy, however; his tactics are too transparent and lack effectiveness.

  5. Hue Longer said on January 4th, 2008 at 10:50pm #

    Ralph, I’ve been trying to help jaime better do his role with critical thought for months now. I figured that were he to understand it enough to abuse it more convincingly, then maybe he wouldn’t end up as evil as dershowitz…cognitive dissonance when it comes to something as blatantly plain as the wrongdoings of Zionism should be easy to overcome if you sink yourself into critically looking at it. Then there’s the stupid and the evil.

  6. greybeard said on January 4th, 2008 at 10:54pm #

    A useful piece of information to those opposing the Zionist movement and interpreting jaime and his like: A tradition has developed within Ashkenazi culture to employ violence (verbal and sometimes physical) in disputation; it is intended to imply vigilance and devotion to the defense of the subject (e.g., in combating Maimonides’ application of reason and science in interpreting reality). It’s repulsive to me, but within their circles I guess it’s not only acceptable but a sign of piety. Strange!

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  9. Mulga Mumblebrain said on January 6th, 2008 at 10:10pm #

    I’m sorry jaime, but no fibbing please. DV does specialise in peace and social justice, quite the antithesis, as the whole world knows, of the policies of the Israeli regime and its cacophonous supporters, your good self a prime example. Criticism of Israel’s crimes against humanity, its relentless racist cruelty to the imprisoned Palestinians, its use of mass torture for decades to intimidate, humilate and demoralise their victims, whether Palestinian or Lebanese, and its unparalleled hypocrisy in denying all these crimes, does not equate to hatred of Israel, or Israelis as a whole or Jews. Hatred of evil is a moral imperative, but in Israel the evil is by no means universal. Many Israelis well recognise what a detestable regime they live under and what infamous policies it follows. One obviously beneficial aspect of Israeli life is the freedom accorded its citizens, greater for Jews than non-Jews to be sure, but amongst the primitive despotisms installed and maintained by the US in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait and Iraq, a shining example. That the voices of Israeli moderation and decency have proved almost totally ineffectual in reducing Israeli criminality is regrettable, but one lives in hope. Criticism of Israel is in exactly the same vein as was criticism of apartheid South Africa, Israel’s lost love and close ally. The regime and its policies are the object of criticism, and that part of the population that supports the infamous conduct. The only ones that need fear for their future are the criminals, and many Israeli criminals can no longer travel freely abroad for fear of legal retribution, and a good thing too. Unfortunately the criminals of apartheid were allowed to escape just punishment, an example of the unfailing rule that monsters who obeyed instructions from Washington shall go free, but all others are to be hounded, even to the extent of being murdered as was Milosevic, when his show trial started going awry. Israel needs only to cease acting as a neo-fascist, racist and belligerent terror state, and I for one, dearest jaime, will sing the praises of the Chosen People and their Holy State as strongly as anyone.

  10. jaime said on January 7th, 2008 at 10:27am #

    Doesn’t wash Mulga.

    No separation of targets of your and others’ invective.
    Genocide & glorification of terror is your menu.

    It’s undisguisable.

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