Israel’s 100th birthday party

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The Zionist Jews and their Christian collaborators are celebrating the 100th birthday of their plot to solve Europe’s centuries-old Jewish Problem – known as Balfour Declaration (watch a video below).

British prime minister Theresa May says British people are proud of British part in creating the Zionist entity. In fact, most of its credit goes to Soviet Russia and United States which poured trillions of dollars and one million Russian Jews to survival the anti-Muslim project to this day.

British main opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has defied Jewish Lobby pressure to attend the 100th birthday party of the Zionist baby conceived on November 2, 1917. The birthday party is also attended by the world’s greatest psychopath Benjamin Netanyahu.

Neither Britain nor Zionists had the right to dictate the fate of Palestine. Even at the time, many Britons denounced the double dealing and contempt for indigenous people that underlay the Balfour Declaration – most prominently J.M.N. Jeffries in 25 dispatches in the London Daily Mail in January and February, 1923. Pointing to a clause in the Declaration, he wrote, “The people of Palestine are referred to as ‘non-Jewish communities.’ Does Lord Balfour call the British people ‘the non-foreign community in England?’ Today there can be no excuse for celebrating this sordid chapter in settler-colonialist injustice, especially in light of the ongoing al-Nakba: the catastrophe that Palestine’s “non-Jewish communities” continue to suffer in consequence,” professor George P. Smith (University of Missouri) wrote on November 5, 2017.

On Saturday, over ten thousands Brits protested against the celebration of the notorious Balfour Declaration. They marched from the US embassy in London to British parliament. Some protester carried banners declaring Balfour Declaration as British Holocaust of Palestinian. The rally was addressed by Jeremy Corbyn and Baroness Jenny Tonge.

On May 17, 2017, Israel-British author Gilad Atzmon said that Balfour Declaration is proof of a Century of Jewish Power in the West.

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Atzmon Once Again

October 21, 2017  /  Gilad Atzmon

Being in Reading in Time - Sun 22 Oct, 7.30 PM Risc, 35-39 London Street, Reading, RG1 4PS

By Gilad Atzmon

I learned from the Jewish Chronicle  today that Berkshire Jews are “horrified” because yours truly has “challenged Holocaust denial legislation.” What caused the present outbreak of Pre Traumatic Stress? Apparently, my Sunday book launch at the Reading International Festival.

First, I am sorry to hear that my questioning of Jewish identity politics and culture have created a state of Jewish collective horror. I would be pleased if any Berkshire Jews would bravely dare to attend my talk on Sunday, they may discover that they agree with most of my observations.

But what is it in my new book Being in Time – A Post Political Manifesto that inflicts ‘horror’ on Berkshire Jews and other Jewish institutions? No one knows. The book has been well-reviewed and no one has yet found any factual mistakes or a methodological flaws in the text. Ifthey want to burn it then you certainly want to own a copy.

In the last few days, British Jewish institutions have used every trick in the Hasbara book in an attempt to cancel my coming talk.  The notorious CAA and the ultra Zionist Board of Deputies of British Jews mounted pressure on the venue, they contacted the local council, they harassed local politicians; they even attempted to recruit ‘LGBT activists’ who were asked to pursue thevenue.

The Jewish Chronicle reports that Rabbi Zvi Solomons of the Jewish Community of Berkshire said that Mr Atzmon is “a notorious antisemite. He has promoted Holocaust denial, compared Israelis to the Nazis.” Other political organizations have taken the accusations against me seriously. They have carefully examined the matter and have found that the claims levelled against me are baseless, malicious and often duplicitous.

The Rabbi wrote,  “The event organisers did not seem concerned that they were going to be providing a platform to a known peddler of hatred.”  I believe that the Rabbi should accept that outside of his congregation, criticism of ID politics, and Jewish culture are considered a legitimate intellectual and ethical adventure. Further, I have been writing on Jewish and Zionist matters for 20 years, and in spite of the strict anti hate legislation in the UK and other countries, I have never been questioned by a single law enforcement body about any of my writings or public speeches, neither here in Britain nor anywhere else around the world.

The Rabbisaid, “They are giving a platform to someone who is lauded by white supremacists. Surely that is not the intention of a venue like that.”

There is an element of truth there. My work has been praised by a wide spectrum of intellectuals: Right, Left and Centre (see here and here). One explanation is that I am dealing with meta-political issues. Rather than advocating a political standpoint, I attempt to offer a method to engage in ethical discussions within a critical philosophical framework.

Jonathan Arkush, the president of the Board of Deputies, said no “reputable event should feature Gilad Atzmon.” He reiterated that the Board was “extremely concerned that the Solidarity Centre and the festival organisers appear happy to host someone with such a track record for openly racist views.”

The one thing, neither Arkush, Rabbi Solomons nor any other detractor of mine has ever managed to do is to point at a single critical reference to race or biology in my entire body of work. I do not criticise people, I dissect culture and politics and dig into their meaning.

The Jewish Chronicle reports that a small number of congregants from Rabbi Solomons’ 50-strong community plan to hold a protest vigil if the event goes ahead. Two weeks ago I encountered a similar vigil in Berkeley, California. The event organiser was able to persuade the entire Zionist group to attend the talk. At the end of the talk, some of the Zionists admitted to the organiser that they were persuaded by my argument and were impressed by my delivery. I am looking forward to meeting the Rabbi and his followers. I will, of course, invite them to join the peace lovers inside the Reading International Solidarity building.

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If they want to burn it, you want to read it! Being in Time – A Post Political Manifesto, Amazon.co.uk , mazon.com and  here (gilad.co.uk).  

To understand Gilad watch Gilad and All That Jazz:

 

’Israel’ and the ’Days of Great Anxiety’ إسرائيل و«أيام القلق العظيم»

“For the first time in its history, “Israel” today needs US military bases on the occupied land of Palestine”

“Today, “Israel” is no longer able to make a decision on its own. And disillusioned are those who believe that the enemy’s government or its military and security institutions are capable of making a war decision in the region without a direct US approval, coverage and input.”

Ibrahim Al Amin

17-10-2017 | 08:31

On the eve of the establishment of the “Israeli” entity, and in the decades that followed, we, the Arabs, have placed ourselves in the position of moral responsibility to deny, confirm or declare a decisive position on the massacres committed by the West against the Jews before and during the Second World War. It is a position no one assigned to us, and it is neither our specialty nor our direct responsibility.

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This submission is due to the fact that the “Israeli” entity is going through the most dangerous stage in its history today. Putting aside numerical calculations or data based on theoretical elements, “Israel” has practically entered the stage of transitioning from the time of the “eternal state” to the time of the fallen state. Since an operation of this magnitude requires huge efforts and larger wars, the enemy, before the West, will resort to the narrative of Jewish grievances once again.

Therefore, for the first and last time, we will have the duty to answer a question about any possible solution to the Jewish issue in our country, in connection with the decision to remove the “Israeli” entity. In order not to hold ourselves responsible for what some may see as injustice against the Jews living in “Israel” when their present state is gone, it is worthwhile to return to an easy, simple and clear position: The colonial West, whether with a Crusader, religious, or an oppressive totalitarian background is first and foremost responsible for what happened to the Jews in Europe as it is also responsible for finding a solution to the crisis of the Jews who will leave Palestine. Meanwhile, our responsibility is to create an orderly framework for a state in which the people of the land living are Palestinians and who can remain among their current inhabitants, after choosing a new regime for the rule of the State of Palestine, which is not missing any inch of its land or a letter of its name.

Is this delirium as the sons of the defeated current say?

Let’s let them be. There will remain with us, or in the world, those who would provide them with the fuel of life despite their defeat. Some of them no longer want an end to “Israel” anymore. Therefore, there is no use for them and their hallucinations. There is no point in discussing with the necessity of the great sacrifices that will be made to restore Palestine, as long as they see in it just suicide!

Today, “Israel” is living “the days of great anxiety” because of the erosion of its offensive and defensive capabilities, not only militarily, but also politically. For the first time in its history, “Israel” today needs US military bases on the occupied land of Palestine and American protection bases tens or hundreds of kilometers from its northern and southern borders. It also needs, without any concern, a direct US military presence to protect it from the enemies. Above all, the entity is in need, not for peace agreements that can no longer be justified, but for cooperation that provides it with the political umbrella to gain access to the Arab mind. After the role of Turkey, Egypt, Jordan and Morocco in protecting “Israel’s” right to exist collapsed, it is now seeking a direct partnership with the kingdom of oppression and backwardness in the Arabian Peninsula – the last empire of its kind similar to it in the Arab world – to give it an “Islamic pardon” to help it not survive but to use the Arabs to confront its adversaries led by Iran.

“Israel’s” difficult situation is not only the result of the growing strength of its adversaries, but also stems from the fact that it no longer has moral superiority, even to its own citizens, after its long wars turned its army into a group of murderers who were forced to carry out more brutal killings so that the survival of the state would insured. But each time they come out from their maneuvers with serious flaws, making the probability of defeat in any future war equal to the probability of victory. The social structure was also weakened because the people of this state know, as the mainstay of its army, that things are no longer like before, and that all maneuvers of the last ten years focused on defense and not offense. Even major military drills were aimed at “keeping danger away” and not finishing it off. All this is enough to accumulate in the “Israeli” consciousness one defeat after another.

Today, “Israel” is no longer able to make a decision on its own. And disillusioned are those who believe that the enemy’s government or its military and security institutions are capable of making a war decision in the region without a direct US approval, coverage and input. Therefore, the leaders of the enemy are constantly working to convince the US administration that striking the enemies of “Israel”, today and not tomorrow, is equally in the interest of the US. “Israel” may find the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia the only party in the world that shares this concern, after those madmen put themselves in “Israeli” shoes.

All these concerns are what dominated the events of the past months and weeks, including continuous military preparations that allows the enemy to wage a major war in the north and the south as well as to convince the Americans to launch a political and economic war against “Israel’s” opponents in the region, urging countries such as Saudi Arabia to take greater steps towards this confrontation. In the mind of the enemy, an American intervention would severely hinder its opponents’ front; and a Saudi participation would make the next war against a group of pro-Persian Arabs from an “opposing” political or religious doctrine a “consensus” that the West and “Israel” believe Saudi Arabia can speak for.

So that people do not get confused, what was aforementioned does not mean that there are military buildups on the border with Syria and Lebanon. But there is a special political decision leading to offensive readiness. This is accompanied by an increase in intelligence activity in Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq, and even Iran, in order to ensure a clear and realistic picture of the enemies; which is something the United States follows up on with decisions made by its administrations and the actions of US forces on the ground in Syria and Iraq. It is also an atmosphere, which falls in line with US efforts – in cooperation with Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates – to complete a spiral step that ends with the declaration of a Palestinian state, but one without meaning, with no final borders, no independent authority, no free outlets, and no right of return for those who wish to live under it.

Today, we and the enemy, walk on a knife’s edge. Among us are those who fear confrontation, believing that the enemy alone is better, let alone if it is supported by America and Saudi Arabia. And among them are those who want to take us to a futile debate about the preference of this or that option to restore rights. But there are those among us, too, those who live in this land and do not waste a minute but work with all their strength, experience and knowledge to prepare for a moment when cries arise; screams of illegitimate children of an illegitimate entity, which was once, called “Israel.”

Source: Al-Akhbar Newspaper, Translated by website team

إسرائيل و«أيام القلق العظيم»

ابراهيم الأمين

عشية قيام الكيان الاسرائيلي، وفي العقود التي تلت، وضَعْنا، نحن العرب، أنفسنا في موقع المسؤولية الأخلاقية حيال نفي أو تأكيد أو إعلان موقف حاسم من المجازر التي ارتكبها الغرب في حق اليهود قبل الحرب العالمية الثانية وأثناءها. وهو موقع لم يكلّفنا به أحد، وليس من اختصاصنا، فضلاً عن أنه ليس من مسؤوليتنا المباشرة.

هذا التقديم سببه أن كيان العدو يعيش، اليوم، المرحلة الأكثر خطورةً في تاريخه. وفي معزل عن حسابات رقمية، أو معطيات تستند الى عناصر نظرية، فإن إسرائيل دخلت، فعلياً، مرحلة الانتقال من زمن «الدولة الأبدية» الى زمن الدولة الساقطة حكماً. ولأن عملية بهذا الحجم تتطلّب جهوداً ضخمة، وحروباً أضخم، فإن العدو، قبل الغرب، سيلجأ الى سردية المظلومية اليهودية مرة جديدة. وبالتالي سنكون، لمرة أولى وأخيرة، أمام واجب الإجابة عن سؤال حول أيّ حل ممكن للمسألة اليهودية في بلادنا، ربطاً بقرار إزالة الكيان الاسرائيلي؟ وحتى لا نحمّل أنفسنا، من الآن، مسؤولية ما قد يراه البعض ظلماً بحق اليهود القاطنين في إسرائيل، عندما تزول دولتهم القائمة اليوم، من المجدي العودة الى موقف سهل وبسيط وواضح: إن الغرب الاستعماري، سواء بخلفية صليبية أو دينية أو بخلفية قمعية شمولية، مسؤول أولاً وأخيراً عمّا حلّ باليهود في أوروبا، وهو مسؤول أيضاً عن إيجاد حلّ لأزمة اليهود الذين سيغادرون فلسطين. أما مسؤوليتنا، نحن، فهي خلق الإطار المنظّم لدولة يعيش فيها أهل الارض من الفلسطينيين، ومن يمكن أن يبقى من سكانها الحاليين، بعد اختيار نظام جديد لحكم دولة فلسطين غير الناقصة لأي شبر من أرضها أو حرف من اسمها.

هل هذا هذيان كما يقول أبناء تيار الهزيمة؟

لندَع هؤلاء وشأنهم. سيظل بيننا، أو في العالم، من يمدّهم بوقود الحياة مهزومين. وبعضهم لم يعد يريد نهاية لإسرائيل أصلاً. وبالتالي، لا طائل منهم ومن هلوساتهم، ولا فائدة من مناقشتهم في ضرورة التضحيات الكبيرة التي ستبذل لاسترداد فلسطين، ما داموا يرون في ذلك مجرّد انتحار!

إسرائيل تعيش اليوم «أيام القلق العظيم»، بسبب تآكل قدراتها الهجومية والدفاعية، ليس عسكرياً فقط، بل سياسياً أيضاً. للمرة الأولى، في تاريخها، باتت إسرائيل اليوم في حاجة إلى قواعد عسكرية أميركية على الارض المغتصبة في فلسطين، والى قواعد حماية أميركية على بعد عشرات أو مئات الكيلومترات من حدودها الشمالية والجنوبية، كما باتت تحتاج، من دون أي تشاوف، الى الوجود العسكري الاميركي المباشر لحمايتها من الاعداء. وفوق كل ذلك، بات الكيان في حاجة، ليس الى اتفاقات سلام معه لم يعد بالإمكان تبريرها، بل إلى تعاون يمنحه المظلة السياسية للنفاذ الى العقل العربي. وبعد تراجع أدوار تركيا ومصر والاردن والمغرب في حماية «حق إسرائيل في الوجود»، تسعى اليوم الى شراكة مباشرة مع مملكة القهر والتخلف في الجزيرة العربية، آخر الامبراطوريات الشبيهة بها في بلادنا، علّها تمنحها «صفحاً إسلامياً» يساعدها ليس على البقاء، بل على استخدام العرب مباشرة لمواجهة خصومها الذين تقودهم إيران.
وضع إسرائيل الصعب ليس ناتجاً من تعاظم قوة خصومها فحسب، بل لكونها لم تعد تملك تفوّقاً أخلاقياً، حتى بالنسبة إلى مواطنيها أنفسهم، بعدما حوّلت حروبها الطويلة جيشها الى مجموعة من القتلة، وصار هؤلاء ملزمين بالقيام بأعمال قتل أكثر وحشية حتى يستقيم بقاء الدولة. ورغم كل ذلك، يخرجون كل مرة من مناوراتهم بثُغَر خطيرة، تجعل احتمال الهزيمة في أي حرب مقبلة يوازي احتمال الفوز. كذلك أصاب الوهن البنية الاجتماعية للكيان، لأن أبناء هذه الدولة يعرفون، كونهم عماد جيشها، أن الأمور لم تعد كما في السابق، وأن كل مناورات السنوات العشر الاخيرة استهدفت الدفاع وليس الهجوم، وأنه حتى المناورات على عمليات عسكرية كبرى كان هدفها «إبعاد الخطر» وليس الإجهاز عليه. وكل ذلك يكفي ليتراكم في الوعي الاسرائيلي هزيمة تجرّ هزيمة.

اليوم، لم تعد إسرائيل قادرة على اتخاذ قرار بمفردها. وواهم من يعتقد أن حكومة العدو، أو مؤسساتها العسكرية والأمنية، قادرة على اتخاذ قرار بحرب في الإقليم ما لم تكن هناك موافقة وتغطية ومساهمة أميركية مباشرة. لذلك، يعمل قادة العدو، من دون توقف، على إقناع الادارة الاميركية بأن ضرب أعداء إسرائيل، اليوم وليس غداً، فيه مصلحة أميركية مساوية تماماً لمصلحتهم. وربما تجد إسرائيل في مملكة آل سعود الطرف الوحيد في العالم الذي يشاركها هذا الهاجس، بعدما وضع هؤلاء المجانين أنفسهم في الموقع الاسرائيلي.

كل هذا القلق هو ما يتحكم في مجريات الأحداث في الأشهر والاسابيع الماضية، من الاستعدادات المتواصلة لجاهزية عسكرية تتيح للعدو خوض حرب واسعة في الشمال والجنوب، ولإقناع الاميركيين بمباشرة حرب سياسية واقتصادية ضد خصوم إسرائيل في المنطقة، ولحضّ دول مثل السعودية على السير في خطوات أكبر نحو هذه المواجهة. وفي ذهن العدو أن تدخلاً أميركياً سيعيق جبهة خصومها بقوة، وأن مشاركة سعودية ستجعل الحرب المقبلة قائمة مع فئة من العرب الموالين للفرس، من مذهب سياسي أو ديني «مخالف» لـ«إجماع» يعتقد الغرب وإسرائيل أن بمقدور السعودية التحدث باسمه.

حتى لا يقع الناس في بلبلة، لا يعني ما تقدم أن هناك حشوداً عسكرية جرارة على الحدود مع سوريا ولبنان، لكنّ هناك قراراً سياسياً خاصاً يقود الى الى جاهزية هجومية. ويترافق ذلك مع تعزيز النشاط الاستخباراتي في سوريا ولبنان وفلسطين والعراق، وحتى إيران، بغية ضمان صورة واضحة عن واقع الأعداء، وهو أمر تواكبه الولايات المتحدة بما يصدر عن إدارتها من قرارات، وبما تقوم به القوات الاميركية على الارض في سوريا والعراق، كما أنه مناخ يتزاحم مع المساعي الاميركية، بالتعاون مع السعودية ومصر والامارات، لإنجاز خطوة بهلوانية تنتهي بالاعلان عن دولة فلسطينية، لكن من دون معنى، حيث لا حدود نهائية لها، ولا سلطة مستقلة ولا منافذ حرة، ولا حق لعودة من يرغب من الفلسطينيين العيش في ظلها.

اليوم، نسير، نحن والعدو، على حدّ السكين. بيننا من يخاف المواجهة معتقداً أن العدو أقدر وحده، فكيف إذا كانت أميركا والسعودية معه. وبيننا من يريد أخذنا الى النقاش العقيم حول أفضلية هذا الخيار أو ذاك لاستعادة الحقوق. لكن بيننا، أيضاً، من يعيش في هذه الارض، ولا يهدر دقيقة من وقته، بل يعمل بكل ما أوتي من قوة وخبرة وعلم للاستعداد للحظة إذا ارتفع فيها الصراخ، أن يكون حكماً صراخ الهاربين من أبناء غير شرعيين، لكيان غير شرعي كان يدعى… إسرائيل

Take It From the Rabbi’s Mouth

“The overwhelming majority of American Rabbis regard Zionism not only as fully consistent with Judaism but as a logical expression and implementation of it.””

— Document released on November 20, 1942 signed by 818 American Rabbis

The following  article was published on this site in May 2013. In recent weeks we have witnessed some anti Zionist rabbinical Jews  outraged by the attempt to equate Judaism and Zionism. I plan to write on the topic extensively, however,  a brief look at this 1942 rabbinical affirmation of Zionism  is rather revealing:

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Introduction by Gilad Atzmon

Every so often we come across a Jewish ‘anti’ Zionist’  who argues that Zionism is not Judaism and vice versa. Interestingly enough, I have just come across an invaluable text that illuminates this question from a rabbinical perspective. Apparently back in 1942, 757 American Rabbis added their names to a public pronouncement titled ‘Zionism an Affirmation of Judaism’. This Rabbinical rally for Zionism was declared at the time “the largest public pronouncement in all Jewish history.”

Today, we tend to believe that world Jewry’s transition towards support for Israel followed the 1967 war though some mightargue that already in 1948, American Jews manifested a growing support for Zionism. However, this rabbinical pronouncement proves that as early as 1942, the American Jewish religious establishment was already deeply Zionist. And if this is not enough, the rabbis also regarded Zionism as the ‘implementation’ of Judaism. Seemingly, already then, the peak of World War two, the overwhelming majority of American Rabbis regarded Zionism, not only as fully consistent with Judaism, but as a “logical expression and implementation of it.”

In spite of the fact that early Zionist leaders were largely secular and the East European Jewish settler waves were driven by Jewish socialist ideology, the rabbis contend that “Zionism is not a secularist movement. It has its origins and roots in the authoritative religious texts of Judaism.

Those rabbis were not a bunch of ignoramuses. They were patriotic and nationalistic and they grasped that “universalism is not a contradiction of nationalism.” The rabbis tried to differentiate between contemporaneous German Nationalism and other national movements and they definitely wanted to believe that Zionism was categorically different to Nazism. “Nationalism as such, whether it be English, French, American or Jewish, is not in itself evil. It is only militaristic and chauvinistic nationalism, that nationalism which shamelessly flouts all mandates of international morality, which is evil.” But as we know, just three years after the liberation of Auschwitz the new Jewish State launched a devastating racially driven ethnic-cleansing campaign. Zionism has proven to be militaristic and chauvinistic.

Shockingly enough, back in 1942 as many as 757 American rabbis were able to predict the outcome of the war and they realised that the suffering of European Jewry would be translated into a Jewish State . “We are not so bold as to predict the nature of the international order which will emerge from the present war. It is altogether likely, and indeed it may be desirable, that all sovereign states shall under the coming peace surrender some of their sovereignty to achieve a just and peaceful world society (a Jewish State).”

Some American patriots today are concerned with Israeli-American dual nationality and the dual aspirations of American Jews. Apparently our rabbis addressed this topic too. According to them, there is no such conflict whatsoever. All American Jews are American patriots and all American decision makers are Zionists. “Every fair-minded American knows that American Jews have only one political allegiance–and that is to America. There is nothing in Zionism to impair this loyalty. Zionism has been endorsed in our generation by every President from Woodrow Wilson to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and has been approved by the Congress of the United States. The noblest spirits in American life, statesmen, scholars, writers, ministers and leaders of labor and industry, have lent their sympathy and encouragement to the movement.”

Back in 1942 our American rabbis were bold enough to state that defeating Hitler was far from sufficient. For them, a full solution of the Jewish question could only take place in Palestine. “Jews, and all non-Jews who are sympathetically interested in the plight of Jewry, should bear in mind that the defeat of Hitler will not of itself normalize Jewish life in Europe. “

But there was one thing the American rabbis failed to mention – the Palestinian people. For some reason, those rabbis who knew much about ‘universalism’ and in particular Jewish ‘universalism’ showed very little concern to the people of the land. I guess that after all, chosennss is a form of blindness and rabbis probably know more about this than anyone else.

 

Zionism: An Affirmation of Judaism

http://zionistsout.blogspot.com/2008/03/zionism-affirmation-of-judaism.html

ZIONISMAN AFFIRMATIONOF JUDAISMA Reply by 757 Orthodox, Conservative and ReformRabbis of America to a Statement Issued by NinetyMembers of the Reform Rabbinate Charging ThatZionism Is Incompatible with the Teachings of Judaism

THE SUBJOINED REPLY was prepared at the initiative of the following Rabbis who submitted it to their colleagues throughout the country for signature: Philip S. Bernstein, Barnett R. Brickner, Israel Goldstein, James G. Heller, Mordecai M. Kaplan, B. L. Levinthal, Israel H. Levinthal, Louis M. Levitsky, Joshua Loth Liebman, Joseph H. Lookstein, Jacob R. Marcus, Abraham A. Neuman, Louis I. Newman, David de Sola Pool, Abba Hillel Silver, Milton Steinberg, and Stephen S. Wise.

WE, THE UNDERSIGNED RABBIS of all elements in American Jewish religious life,have noted with concern a statement by ninety of our colleagues in which they repudiate Zionism on the ground that it is inconsistent with Jewish religious and moral doctrine. This statement misrepresents Zionism and misinterprets historic Jewish religious teaching, and we should be derelict in our duty if we did not correct the misapprehensions which it is likely to foster.

We call attention in the first place to the fact that the signatories to this statement, for whom as fellow-Rabbis we have a high regard, represent no more than a very small fraction of the American rabbinate. They constitute a minority even of the rabbinate of Reform Judaism with which they are associated. The overwhelming majority of American Rabbis regard Zionism not only as fully consistent with Judaism but as a logical expression and implementation of it.

Our colleagues concede the need for Jewish immigration into Palestine as contributing towards a solution of the vast tragedy of Jewish homelessness. They profess themselves ready to encourage such settlement. They are aware of the important achievements, social and spiritual, of the Palestinian Jewish community and they pledge to it their unstinted support. And yet, subscribing to every practical accomplishment of Zionism, they have embarked upon a public criticism of it. In explanation of their opposition they advance the consideration that Zionism is nationalistic and secularistic. On both scores they maintain it is incompatible with the Jewish religion and its universalistic outlook. They protest against the political emphasis which, they say, is now paramount in the Zionist program and which, according to them, tends to confuse both Jews and Christians as to the place and function of the Jewish group in American society. They appeal to the prophets of ancient Israel for substantiation of their views.

TREASURING the doctrines and moral principles of our faith no less than they, devoted equally to America and its democratic processes and spirit, we nonetheless find every one of their contentions totally without foundation.

Zionism is not a secularist movement. It has its origins and roots in the authoritative religious texts of Judaism. Scripture and rabbinical literature alike are replete with the promise of the restoration of Israel to its ancestral home. Anti-Zionism, not Zionism, is a departure from the Jewish religion. Nothing in the entire pronouncement of our colleagues is more painful than their appeal to the prophets of Israel—to those very prophets whose inspired and recorded words of national rebirth and restoration nurtured and sustained the hope of Israel throughout the ages.

 

Nor is Zionism a denial of the universalistic teachings of Judaism. Universalism is not a contradiction of nationalism. Nationalism as such, whether it be English, French, American or Jewish, is not in itself evil. It is only militaristic and chauvinistic nationalism, that nationalism which shamelessly flouts all mandates of international morality, which is evil. The prophets of Israel looked forward to the time not when all national entities would be obliterated, but when all nations would walk in the light of the Lord, live by His law and learn war no more.

Our colleagues find themselves unable to subscribe to the political emphasis “now paramount in the Zionist program.” We fail to perceive what it is to which they object. Is it to the fact that there are a regularly constituted Zionist organization and a Jewish Agency which deal with the mandatory government, the Colonial office, the League of Nations and other recognized political bodies? But obviously, even immigration and colonization are practical matters which require political action. The settlement of a half million Jews in Palestine since the last war was made possible by political action which culminated in the Balfour Declaration and the Palestine Mandate. There can be little hope of opening the doors of Palestine for mass Jewish immigration after the war without effective political action. Or is it that they object to the ultimate achievement by the Jewish community of Palestine of some form of Jewish statehood? We are not so bold as to predict the nature of the international order which will emerge from the present war. It is altogether likely, and indeed it may be desirable, that all sovereign states shall under the coming peace surrender some of their sovereignty to achieve a just and peaceful world society.

Certainly our colleagues will allow to the Jews of Palestine the same rights that are allowed to all other peoples resident on their own land. If Jews should ultimately come to constitute a majority of the population of Palestine, would our colleagues suggest that all other peoples in the post-war world shall be entitled to political self-determination, whatever form that may take, but the Jewish people in Palestine shall not have such a right? Or do they mean to suggest that the Jews in Palestine shall forever remain a minority in order not to achieve such political self-determination?

PROTESTING their sympathy both for the homeless Jews of the world and for their brethren in Palestine, our colleagues have by their pronouncement done all these a grave disservice. It may well be that to the degree to which their efforts arc at all effective, Jews who might otherwise have found a haven in Palestine will be denied one. The enemies of the Jewish homeland will be strengthened in their propaganda as a result of the aid which these Rabbis have given them. To the Jews of Palestine, facing the gravest danger in their history and fighting hard to maintain morale and hope in the teeth of the totalitarian menace, this pronouncement comes as a cruel blow.

We do not mean to imply that our colleagues intended it as such. We have no doubt that they are earnest about their fine spun theoretical objections to Zionism. We hold, however, that these objections have no merit, and further that voicing them at this time has been unwise and unkind.

We have not the least fear that our fellow Americans will be led to misconstrue the attitudes of American Jews to America because of their interest in Zionism. Every fair-minded American knows that American Jews have only one political allegiance–and that is to America. There is nothing in Zionism to impair this loyalty. Zionism has been endorsed in our generation by every President from Woodrow Wilson to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and has been approved by the Congress of the United States. The noblest spirits in American life, statesmen, scholars, writers, ministers and leaders of labor and industry, have lent their sympathy and encouragement to the movement.

Jews, and all non-Jews who are sympathetically interested in the plight of Jewry, should bear in mind that the defeat of Hitler will not of itself normalize Jewish life in Europe.

An Allied peace which will not frankly face the problem of the national homelessness of the Jewish people will leave the age-old tragic status of European Jewry unchanged. The Jewish people is in danger of emerging from this war not only more torn and broken than any other people, but also without any prospects of a better and more secure future and without the hope that such tragedies will not recur again, and again. Following an Allied victory, the Jews of Europe, we are confident, will be restored to their political rights and to equality of citizenship. But they possessed these rights after the last war and yet the past twenty-five years have witnessed a rapid and appalling deterioration in their position. In any case, even after peace is restored Europe will be so ravaged and war-torn that large masses of Jews will elect migration to Palestine as a solution of their personal problems.

Indeed, for most of these there may be no other substantial hope of economic, social and spiritual rehabilitation.

 

THE freedom which, we have faith, will come to all men and nations after this war, must come not only to Jews as individuals wherever they live, permitting them to share freedom on a plane of equality with all other men, but also to the Jewish people, as such, restored in its homeland, where at long last it will be a free people within a world federation of free peoples.

 

Of the 757 Rabbis listed below, 214 are members of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (Reform); 247 are members of the Rabbinical Assembly of America (Conservative); and the rest are affiliated with the Rabbinical Council of America (Orthodox) or the Union of Orthodox Rabbis. The total represents the largest number of rabbis whose signatures are attached to a public pronouncement in all Jewish history.

To see the scanned image in PDF format with the list of signers, click here

 

Note: A version of the above statement was released to the press on November 20, 1942. By that time 818 rabbis had signed on. It appears in Samuel Halperin’s The Political World of American Zionism. (Detroit: Wayne State UP, 1961) 333.

 

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