To Salah Mansour #25 'Zionist existed because of antisemtism' - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Colin Wright
    • 05.09.09 | 19:47 (IDT)

    Sure -- but Zionism would have been equally inconceivable without the rise of nationalism. It can be seen as the Jewish adoptation of the nineteenth century creed of nationalalism. Inasmuch as the Jews didn't already have a country, obviously they were going to have to establish one -- but that only becomes obvious if one buys into the assumptions of nationalism. Similarly, Zionism also owed a great deal to the assumptions of colonialism. You can only go seize some piece of land outside Europe if you assume that those already on the land are denied title to it on the grounds that they are not European.

    from the article: An Open Letter to Archbishop Desmond Tutu
    First published 03:09 04.09.09 | Last updated 10:19 04.09.09
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