This is the kind of obviousness that a child can see—though the child may, later in life, become browbeaten into believing that the obvious problems are “non-problems”, to be argued into nonexistence by careful reasoning and clever choices of definition.
— Roger Penrose
… so obvious that it takes really impressive discipline to miss it …
— Noam Chomsky
Here we have Israel as an internationally recognized thug, keeper of the largest open-air prison on earth, regularly practicing war crimes against civilians, targeting civilian infrastructure and continuously disregarding the Geneva Conventions – virtually unanimously denounced by the international community, by every human rights watch group on the globe, and by international civil society for the last many decades1 – and how do Canadian politicians and parliamentarians respond?
Israel, the modern state that shamelessly uses the Nazi holocaust to justify overtly racist domestic and foreign national policies, stockpiles nuclear weapons, incites wars on its neighbours, overtly funds propaganda in foreign countries, routinely practices international pirating, kidnappings and murders, openly performs political assassinations 1 … and how do Canadian politicians and parliamentarians respond?
Israel has no significant economic exchanges with Canada and performs no significant geopolitical service of benefit to Canada; a Canada with virtually no economic ties with the Middle East and a Canada that is a net exporter of oil and gas.
Yet, apart from the independent-thinking Bloc Quebecois, it seems that half the time that English-Canadian politicians open their mouths it’s to denounce a “new anti-Semitism” that social scientists and statisticians tell us is a media fabrication or to express Israel’s “right to defend itself” or to declare Canada’s “unwavering support for Israel.” Not to mention Israel’s “right to exist”! 2
What about unwavering support for human rights and international law?
And I count the NDP (New Democratic Party)3 establishment prepared to sacrifice one of its own for stating a historic fact and happy to stand silent in the face of Zio-zeal.
The Canadian Zionism Question is: Why?
Why has Zio-zeal become English Canada’s new political religion? If Canada is Israel’s friend, why doesn’t Canada help Israel abandon violence as its main diplomatic tool and facilitate Israel’s integration into the community of nations that denounce violence and racism? Why doesn’t Canada help Israel and its people?
How do English Canada politicians benefit from being subservient to US geopolitical doctrine? Or how would they suffer from not trading away Canada’s sovereignty; and how are most Quebec politicians immune?
Would it be so difficult for English Canada politicians to not so enthusiastically kiss the ass of the Middle East tyrant? And not adopt unanimous parliamentary resolutions to suppress criticism of Israel on university campuses? And not spend valuable parliamentary resources “investigating” imagined new anti-Semitism in Canada?
How in God’s name can we understand this new madness?
What happened? Sure there was CanWest but it died, despite the government’s best efforts to covertly bail it out.
What is going on?
Some prominent cover-up artists have suggested that English Canada politicians are overly preoccupied with pleasing Jewish voters. But there just aren’t enough Jewish voters to explain transforming the Parliament into the embarrassing Zio-zeal fest that it has become, in the face of an opposing world consensus view. In addition there are growing numbers of Jewish Canadians who are critical of Israel and of Canada’s uncritical support for Israel and its policies. 4
No, there has to be more to it than Jewish voters. Not to mention that 56% of Canadians have a “mainly negative view of Israel”. 5 (The average global opinion for “mainly positive view of Israel” is 17%.)
Given the overwhelming evidence for the Zio-zeal phenomenon and given its obvious sovereignty implications, it seems fair to ask the Canadian Zionism Question: Why?
There are at least two categories of possible answers: One that involves the obedience of service intellectuals and political caretakers and a related one that involves “following the money”. There is also, of course, the always useful appeal to mythology:
And then, you know, there’s the obvious one – you love someone so much that you would do anything to spend all of eternity with them.
— The Vampire Diaries (TV series)
Is not the Zionism Question a worthy research question – brimming with societal implications – for tenured university professors? Or is everyone afraid of Stanley Fish and his crasser cohorts? Hey, those goons are in the US – remember?
Zionism Question: Why all the unconditional support for Israel and its crimes from Western politicians?
Zio-zeal: Western politicians’ beyond-the-call-of-duty enthusiasm to publicly support Israel and its crimes.
• First published at Activist Teacher blog.
- See the work of Norman Finkelstein [↩] [↩]
- “On Israel’s ‘Right to Exist’ and on Racism” by Denis G. Rancourt, Palestine Chronicle, June 30, 2010 [↩]
- Canada’s “third” party that considers itself a social democratic party. — Ed [↩]
- Independent Jewish Voices (Canada) [↩]
- 2007 Global Opinion Survey, as reported in “For Israel, Every Traveller is an Ambassador” by Patrick Martin, Globe and Mail, February 23, 2010 [↩]