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    • Joshua Einstein
    • 27.11.10 | 06:35 (IST)

    AB Yehoshua's piece is nicely penned but is based on a false premise. Yes Zionism is an organic fruit of Israel, from the Israeli grocer to the soldier, it is part and parcel of whom they are but it would not be but for the belief of a minority of Jews who believed in and built a contemporary Jewish homeland. These chalutzim, both the pioneers who settled the land and the pioneers who, like Herzl, used the pen to make the case for Der Judenstaat were making a break with the last several thousand years of Jewish history. Men like Herzl, AD Gordon, Trumpledor, Jabotinsky, and even Kook all had vastly different viewpoints but were united in one aspect of their socio-political critique. That the Jews could no longer tolerate exile, that ending exile would end anti-Semitism, and that it was up to the Jews to end the exile and anti-Semitism by creating a State. They called this critque and course of action Zionism. The action they called for was as radical as it was rare which is why most Jews of Europe went to America and not Palestine. That the Jews in Palestine built an amazing state made of previously stateless Jews with all the trouble of a modern state is a tribute to them. But willfully ignoring the revolution in Jewish thought, junking the unifying historical critique they co-created (whether the critque is right or wrong) is shameless. Yes Zionism is an ideology, it even has a critique to go along with it - negating the diasporah and even AB Yehoshua does that at the end of his piece.

    from the article: Zionism is not an ideology
    First published 02:03 26.11.10 | Last updated 02:03 26.11.10
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