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The New Anti-Zionists also known as the old Anti-Semites

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Submitted by YJ Draiman (United States), May 16, 2016 at 22:11

The New Anti-Zionists also known as the old Anti-Semites

Although Israel won its reemergence and current existence more than fifty years ago, and in reality Israel was reconstituted in 1920; at the 1920 San Remo Conference by the Supreme Allied Powers, which also granted at that time over five million sq. mi. to the Arabs; a new and insidious critique has begun to spread, attacking anew the legitimacy of Israel's very establishment as a Jewish state. The new line does not come from Tehran or Riyadh but, surprisingly from largely European intellectuals and certain voices on the fringe American Left, surfacing recently in The Guardian and The New York Review of Books. It proposes the elimination of Israel and is generally accompanied by calls to establish a bi-national Palestinian-Jewish state in its place.1 The new anti-Zionists invariably start with the claim that there are no Jewish rights to sovereignty in Israel, or that, in any case, Jewish nationalism is inherently unjust. They are ignoring the fact that an Arab/Palestinian state already exists in Jordan on Jewish territory.

Curiously, this campaign is accompanied by no corresponding questions about the validity of any other of the more than 190 states that belong to the UN, whether they resemble Israel or not. There is no such scrutiny of the mini-states of Europe - from Liechtenstein to the Vatican - or the multi-tribal states of Africa, many of which are breaking down. Nor is there any questioning of the rights of expressly Catholic, Protestant, or Muslim states to exist. The exclusive focus on Israel raises troubling questions about the real motives of these commentators. As Michael Gove, assistant editor of the Times of London, recently noted: "I do not know how newspapers can get away with it. You can have criticism of the State of Israel but it is entirely different to say it shouldn't exist. It is applying to the Jew a different standard than you apply to anyone else."2

It is the guilt of Europe that is surfacing for their complicity in the extermination of over 6 million Jews and the trillions of dollars that they are holding in Jewish assets. Additionally; they stood idle, while the Arab countries terrorized and expelled over a million Jewish families and confiscated all their assets; personal property, businesses, homes and over 75,000 sq. mi. of Jewish owned land valued in the trillions of dollars and is 6 times the size of Israel. Most of the million expelled Jewish families from Arab countries were settled in Israel; that included the million survivors of German extermination camps and the European nations. Now they dare raise their ugly head and want to throw the Jews again.

Equally remarkable, for all the singular focus on Israel, the attack on Jewish statehood avoids even the slightest consideration of the specifics of Israel's case, they ignore its history, treaties and international law. The attackers fail to examine the legal or political consequences of Israel's national expression as a Jewish state (perhaps because they find none) with regard to its non-Jews, religious and racial equality, or the civil and political equality of all citizens. They also intentionally ignore the specific historical circumstances and perils that gave rise to the need for Israel to identify Jewishly. In short, it is an attack on Israel without regard to the cost, benefit, or uniqueness of Jewish statehood - indeed, without any grounding at all. That becomes clear after a brief examination of the history, the law, and the facts surrounding Israel's existence as a Jewish state and its survival against all odds.


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