The Best Protection of Own Interests Is Recognizing the Interests of Humanity

Alan Hart has come out strongly against Zionism; his books on Zionism1 make this case, but the subtleties of Hart’s most recent argumentation give some cause to wonder about the language formulation he uses in opposing Zionism. I am in solidarity with Hart in his humanism and opposition to Zionism and its crimes; I differ on some nuances in combating Zionism.

In his recent essay, Hart writes,

What we are witnessing in the world today is not anti-Semitism re-directed but a gathering, global manifestation of anti-Israelism.2

This was puzzling for me.

First, what Hart calls “anti-Israelism” is, I submit, importantly and more accurately identified as anti-the crimes of Zionism.

Second, Hart’s formulation seems to accept Israel as a legitimate entity. However, this would be a mistaken impression, as Hart replied, “I do NOT regard Israel as a legitimate state.” His body of writings is clear on this.

A state spawned by a Nakba which dispossessed the indigenous Palestinians cannot in any morality-based universe be considered a legitimate form of state-building. If genocide and dispossession are illegitimate means of forming a state, then Israel must be an illegitimate state, despite what the United Nations decreed in 1947.3

Therefore, if Israel is an illegitimate state, then anti-Israelism might be an expected outcome. Here it is important to distinguish that being anti-a state does not imply being anti-a people. Being anti-a people is racism and morally reprehensible. That is why, insofar as a state can be characterized as moral or not, the state of Israel is morally reprehensible — because it is set up to be anti-Palestinian, anti-Bedouin, and anti-Gentile.

Hart writes “… of the Zionist (not Jewish) state’s arrogance of power …”

Hart goes to lengths to distinguish between Zionism and Judaism; but how distinguishable are they? The Zionists refer to Israel as the Jewish State, and Israel receives staunch support from world Jewry.

A Huffington Post article states,

Israel was meant to be the homeland of the Jewish people, and the relationship of Israel to world Jewry has been of great importance ideologically, emotionally and pragmatically to both sides. I on purpose disregard how important the political influence of US Jewry has been for Israel throughout its history — and most politicians here are at least aware of this. But the bond between Israel and world Jewry is also one of shared values.4

Supporting the preceding contention is a 2010 poll by the American Jewish Committee which found that 76 percent of American Jews believe Arabs desire the destruction of Israel and 95 percent support a requirement that Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state in any future peace settlement.5

Hart argues,

Simply stated, the more the peoples of nations (if not their governments) become aware of Israel’s racist policies and criminal actions, and that its leaders are not interested in peace on terms the vast majority of Palestinians and most other Arabs and Muslims could just about accept, the more anti-Israelism will continue to grow.

This is bizarre reasoning and language formulation. In other words, awareness of Jewish racism makes people prejudiced against the Jewish state. Hart mislabels anti-racism (i.e., anti-Zionism) as anti-Israelism. It is only anti-the racism embodied in the state of Israel. It is anti-the racist policies and practices of the Zionist state. Such mislabeling only serves Zionist ends, as well as leaving room to presuppose Israel as a legitimate entity.

Discussing “anti-Israelism” draws the focus away from morally debilitating Zionism — which really should just be called Jewish racism and/or supremacism — and seemingly conjures up another -ism, but it is wrongheaded to formulate what is opposition to anti-Arabism (a term seldom come across in the media) as anti-Israelism. Thus, the term “anti-Israelism” serves to draw sympathy away from the oppressed Palestinians and deposit it with the Zionist oppressor.

Hart states, “The only way for American and European Jews to best protect their own interests is by distancing themselves from Zionism’s monster child.”

The formation of in-group and out-groups is a “monster child.” There must be no distinguishing when it comes to the human rights of any and all peoples. I submit that the only way for American and European Jews to best protect their own interests is by recognizing that it is not about protecting only their own interests; it is about recognizing that they and everyone else are all human beings and that protecting the interests of each other best serves the interests of the entirety of humanity.

  1. See Kim Petersen, “Zionism: The Dead End of the Oppressor,” Dissident Voice, 13 October 2009. []
  2. Alan Hart, “No, Mr. Netanyahu, you and yours are responsible for the ‘demonization’ of Israel,” 20 November 2010. []
  3. Of course this also applies to other states formed through colonialist/imperialist/genocidal dispossessions such as in the western hemisphere and Oceania. []
  4. Carlos Strenger, “Is Israel Alienating Jews of the World?,” Huffington Post, 13 July 2010. []
  5. Natasha Mozgovaya, “Poll: 76% of American Jews think Arabs want to destroy Israel,” Haaretz, 12 Oct 2010. []
Kim Petersen is a former co-editor of the Dissident Voice newsletter. He can be reached at: kimohp@gmail.com. Twitter: @kimpetersen. Read other articles by Kim.

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  1. mary said on November 21st, 2010 at 7:59am #

    I strongly support what you say Kim. I read the phrase ‘anti-israelism’ used instead of ‘anti-Zionism’ somewhere yesterday but can’t find the link now.

    This was Alan Hart in January.
    https://dissidentvoice.org/2010/01/anti-israelism-why-zionism-doesn%E2%80%99t-and-can%E2%80%99t-get-it/

  2. kalidas said on November 21st, 2010 at 9:00am #

    “This is bizarre reasoning and language formulation.”

    Well, thank heaven for people, or even just one person like Gilad Atzmon.
    He seems to be able to tell it like it is.
    You know, clear up any confusion as to who is who and what is what.
    In plain English.

    From what I’ve gathered the first step is the cutting of the umbilical cord.
    Something 99.9% just cannot accomplish.

  3. bozh said on November 21st, 2010 at 10:20am #

    for elucidatory’s sake, we need to view supremacism as a phenomenon which differs almost entirely from racism.
    e.g., skinheads may be called racist. u.s militias and youths carrying swastikas also.
    but note, please, they do not have a single tank between them. they mostly drink beer, shout, have meetings, meetings, and more meetings!
    good for them. they provide laughter, entertainment for me. and it is free. tnx

  4. hayate said on November 22nd, 2010 at 12:31pm #

    The symptom is israel, but the disease is zionism.

    It’s going to take a bit more than a couple of aspirin to cure.

    That said, Hart may be using the term anti-israelism instead of anti-zionism so his stance on anti-zionism will be understood by a wider audience. A lot of americans are quite clueless as to what zionism is, but they do know what israel is. Unless Hart is now taking a view of a “nice” israel existing along side a Palestinian state and using the terminology to support such an absurdity (something which I do not think he is doing) I don’t really see such a serious problem about it.

  5. bozh said on November 22nd, 2010 at 1:13pm #

    my own small head asks me what’s zionism! i tell her it is just a robber’s invent.
    u know, like a person robbing smone and then calling it name of own choice. like that money is really mine or ours!
    i wld not be surprised that in n. america 9,999/per mille of people have by now obtained false to fact knowledge about it. and, as per intent.

    this cld be likened onto a person saying: i am a rich man– even tho one can get rich only by stealing. natch, he’s not gonna say that he’s thief.
    and soldiers who kills an unarmed civilian i still called a soldier.
    we can see such deceptive name calling even on this site, let alone amongst the pop, pols, clergy, ‘educators’.

    voodoo crafts is still alive. and not going away for a long time.

    now back to ‘zionism’ or zionism? doesn’t it call to be put to music; my devil it sounds so nice! has smthing to do with jesus, hebrews being chosen and salt of the earth?
    and the wright of hebrews to return to their empty lands which stretch from nile to euphrates and even the iranian province of nineveh.
    tnx

  6. Don Hawkins said on November 22nd, 2010 at 1:55pm #

    Supremacism more like surrealism and here in the States Wall Street heck they want to do it again the State they want to do it again and then they say we are doing this for the people of Earth, really. You sure you are not doing it for yourselves and a few close friends.

  7. JoeJ said on November 22nd, 2010 at 5:44pm #

    Zionist Israel is a manifestation of the Jewish tradition – end of story!

    There is no other logical conclusion that people can come too!

  8. bozh said on November 22nd, 2010 at 6:38pm #

    right, it appears a myth that one can separate ‘jews’ from torahic, talmudic [mis]teachings or a [non]quality like ‘jewishness’ and israel.

    some ‘jews’ do say, i gather, that ‘zionism’ hurts ‘jewishness’ but do not complain about ‘jewish’ money killing pal’ns or robbing them of land.
    none have to date, as far as i know, ever called that any of the israeli war criminals be prosecuted for their crimes.
    or that the ‘jews’ go back to where they came from! that wld be best solution even for ‘jews’ let alone the rest of us. god bless all children– devil bless supremacists. tnx

  9. mary said on November 23rd, 2010 at 1:16am #

    AIPAC on the skids? This article seems to suggest that its survival is threatened. (Rosen suing them for $20 million is dragging them down)

    english.aljazeera.net/indepth/2010/11/2010112083231771111.html

  10. hayate said on November 23rd, 2010 at 12:25pm #

    18 November 2010

    Israeli War Criminals

    A sends:

    The website with the original file and pics is now taken down.

    [http://israeliwarcriminals.zzl.org] [Google cache has text without photos]

    I’ve attached a zipped file of the original site.

    [From the unZipped file:]

    The following information was received anonymously; presumably from a member of the Israeli Military. It was presented as follows:

    Underlining the following people is an act of retribution and affront. They are the direct perpetrators, agents for the state of Israel that in Dec.- Jan. 2008- 2009 attacked scores of people in the besieged Gaza. The people listed here held positions of command at the time of the attack therefore not only did they perform on behalf of a murderous state mechanism but actively encouraged other people to do the same. They bear a distinctive personal responsibility. They range from low-level field commanders to the highest echelons of the Israeli army. All took an active and direct role in the offensive.

    In underlining them we are purposefully directing attention to individuals rather than the static structures through which they operate. We are aligning people with actions. It is to these persons and others, Like them, to which we must object and bring our plaints to bear upon.

    This information was pirated. We encourage people to seek out other such similar information, it is readily available in the public sphere and inside public officials’ locked cabinets. This is a form of resistance that can be effectively sustained for a long while.

    This project for one, has only just begun, do your bit so that this virtual list may come to bear upon the physical.

    Disseminate widely.

    [200 profiles provided in the Zipped file below]

    Picture
    Name
    Rank
    Position
    Date of Birth
    ID Number
    Address

    [http://cryptome.org/0002/israeli-war-criminals.zip] (4.3MB)

    This should be in:

    “War Criminals” Leak Strikes at Heart of Israeli Society

    by Paul Larudee / November 22nd, 2010

    But comments for that article have been disabled and this is the next best place (cause it’s israeli related) I could think of posting it. Cryptome is hosting the original material from the site in a downloadable pdf file. Should cryptome get the ziuonist treatment and be hacked/taken down, they have several mirrors:

    If Cryptome is shut down bookmark this back-up site: [http://cryptomeorg.siteprotect.net]

    And two mirrors:

    [http://cryptome.quintessenz.org]
    [http://cryptome.sabotage.org]

  11. Deadbeat said on November 25th, 2010 at 3:57am #

    Great article Kim.