Zionism vs. Religious Nationalism - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Adam
    • 10.06.10 | 18:26 (IDT)

    I do believe that Theodore Herzl's vision of Zionism was both just and necessary for many of the reasons stated in this article. However, Herzl never intended there to be a 'Jewish State' where the indiginous people were forcefully expelled and the few who remained were subject to double standards of justice, and in many cases, discrimination, harassment, and murder - similar to the treatment of the Jews throughout history. No, instead Herzl's zionism urged the creation of a homeland for the Jewish people where they would be free from persecution, and not the establishment of a religious nationalist state, where some guy from New York with no ties to the land can arrive and settle in the West Bank legally just because he's Jewish, while the Palestinian refugee cannot even enter Israel to visit the place of his/her birth, where their families lived for hundreds if not thousands of years! "Religious Nationalism is to Nationalism as National Socialism is to Socialism." Herzl would be ashamed of how his vision has been hijacked by right-wing extremist terrorists, beginning with the Irgun and Lehi and progressing to the 'settlers' of today. "History repeats itself, first as a tragedy, then as a comedy"

    from the article: Dear Helen Thomas, we Jews aren't getting the hell out of anywhere anymore
    First published 10:09 10.06.10 | Last updated 13:09 10.06.10
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