“Let the (native) Arabs be encouraged to move out as the (European) Jews move in”

The Palestinians did not leave their homeland to attack Jews. The non antisemitic, atheist  Jews of Europe left their homelands to attack the Palestinians in their homeland.

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“I would not allow terrorists to cross the border from Gaza every day… and if they do, we should shoot to kill. Terrorists from Gaza should not enter Israel… Just as in Lebanon, Syria or anywhere else we should shoot to kill.” “They are not children — they are terrorists. We are fooling ourselves. I see the photos.” Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett

Zionism is the assertion of the primacy of the Jewish claim to Palestine over the expressed will of the 70% Arab majority before 1948, and at its continued expense since. Israel, as a Jewish majority state, could not have been established other than on the debris of Arab Palestine, the destruction of its society and the dispossession and disenfranchisement of its indigenous population (genocide) .

Opposition to Zionism on these grounds is a moral stance, and is founded on the belief that the creation of Israel has a profound injustice at its roots.

Jewish opposition to Zionism has a long and distinguished history. Furthermore, the Palestinian historical narrative has been largely vindicated, in part by Israeli and Jewish historians, and Jewish voices in support of Palestinian rights today abound. Using the charge of anti-Zionism as a tool to silence critics of today’s Israel is the last resort of those seeking to deflect attention away from the egregious path that Israel appears to have chosen.

It wants to have it both ways, on the one hand to charge with racism those who conflate anti-Zionism and antisemitism. On the other hand,it accuses those who refuse this conflation, of antisemitism on the grounds that anti-Zionism denies the Jews the right to self-determination. By this token, any criticism of Israel or Zionism becomes a slur on the Jewish people.

The insidious goal of the “anti-anti-Zionist” campaign is to silence the Palestinians and their supporters and to smother them with the charge of racism. No one should fall for this or accept it.

Recall the Jewish terrorist bombings of Arab marketplaces in 1938, the bombing of the King David hotel in 1946, the massacres of Deir Yassin, Illut, Kafr Manda, Saliha, Jish, Safsaf, Hula and other places in 1948, the ethnic cleansing of Lyd and Ramla in 1948, the mass killings in Gaza in 1957, the massacre of Egyptian prisoners in 1956 and 1967, the bombing of an Egyptian children’s school at Bahr el-Baqar in 1970, the shooting down of a Libyan civilian aircraft in 1973, the bombing of Beirut in 1981, the complicity in the Sabra and Shatila massacres of 1982, the killings at Qana in 1996, and the repeated assaults on Gaza since 2005.

During the later years of British mandatory Palestine, Zionist delusion and propaganda program was that they were freedom fighters struggling against the British empire. That was one reason – along with the traditional liberal philo-semitism, and then horror at the fate of the European Jews – why much of the left was once so sympathetic to Zionism, to the point where, in 1945, the British Labor Party could advocate the establishment of a Jewish national home by means of transfer of population: “Let the Arabs be encouraged to move out as the Jews move in” (as the Arabs were indeed encouraged not long after).

Israel is now the scourge of the entire planet.

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