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    • Vittorio Antonio
    • 28.05.13 | 22:57 (IDT)

    The Rabbi Yoffie suggest that “Zionism” be rescued from the political and psychological cobwebs with which it has become entangled.” But how can the idea of Zionism be removed from what it is---a political movement and a theological world view? If all the supporters of the “Jewish State” are Zionists then we should suspect that the the majority of the U.S. Congress, President Obama, most likely many members of the U.S. Supreme Court, and tens of thousands if not millions of misguided Christian fundamentalists, who are looking forward to Jesus’s Return so Jesus can even the score with those Jews who refuse to believe in him. Granted, Zionism can be viewed as an insurance policy against another Holocaust, it can also be viewed as a nuclear Holocaust for the people in the ME and beyond. The Zionist movement was not created by the entire Jewish people and is not sustained by the entire Jewish people---in fact in its early gestation it was rejected by the majority of European rabbis. As far as diaspora Jews being free to criticize Israel, one is reminded of the Jewish American teenager who was wrenched off the street by the police in Tel Aviv not so long ago for speaking out in public against the occupation. Also the the ban against Noam Chomsky, and Norman Finkelstein prohibiting them from setting foot in Israel because of their critiques of Israel’s policies.“Creative survival of the Jewish people” ----whatever that means. Does the rabbi mean survival as a race, or creative development as a people? The fact that Zionism is pluralistic does not detract from its fundamental ideological premises: 1. Jews can never be secure in the gentile world since that world will never fully accept Jews or permit them to realize their true identity as a people. History and the Holocaust is the seal of an inherent gentile animus toward the Jewish race. 2. Palestine (Eretz Yisrael) was given to the Jewish race for eternity by God. The State of Israel has the transcendent right to clear all former inhabitants from the land if doing so contributes to the fulfillment of one form of biblical exegesis. Zionism IS an ideology.

    from the article: American Jews need to overcome their insecurities about Zionism
    First published 14:32 28.05.13 | Last updated 14:32 28.05.13
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