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    • Vittorio Antonio
    • 10.12.12 | 19:39 (IST)

    Those who define Judaism best according to tradition are the rabbis. In the 19th century and during the early half of the 20th century the majority of European rabbis rejected Zionism. The rabbis of the Yishuv in Palestine in the early 20th century even warned the Arabs concerning their perception of the dangers inherent in Zionism. Zionism is a nationalist movement which gained a following at the same time as fascism in Germany, Italy, and Spain gained a following. In fact Jabotinski built his self-image on that of Mussolini's form of Fascism. Herzle's hope of Jewish integration was soured by the Dreyfus Affair---he concluded that Jews would never be accepted wherever they represented a minority; yet he ignored the fact that Jews were successful in Germany and France as in other states around the world and becoming increasingly so over time as the rights of minorities were recognized in the constitution of states. One great French Jewish philosopher, a contemporary of Dreyfus, not mentioned by Butler, and ignored by Herzel was Henri Bergson whose works have great appeal even today. He received a Nobel Prize and was an internationally known philosopher and man of letters. The rise of Nazism in Germany and the Holocaust were events seized by the Zionists to make their case for a Jewish State. They were not concerned with the moral implications of their enterprise---they cared not about the cost but only their objective. In order to pursue their objective they ignored the presence and the reality of not only the Arabs but of 2000 years of historical transformations leading to a pluralistic mix of peoples which is growing day by day. Therefore, Zionism as practiced is regressive and within the framework of existing reality not sustainable.

    from the article: Jewish anti-Zionist academic insists Israeli occupation is un-Jewish
    First published 12:18 10.12.12 | Last updated 12:18 10.12.12
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