Jewish Anti-Zionism Is Rehabilitated in Australia

A year or so back, Benny Morris in the New Republic wrote presciently about a worldwide effort to delegitimize Israel. I say prescient because there is now a guerrilla war against Zionism in the U.S. that will one day soon, mark my words, break into the mainstream media.

Now Australia’s official commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Israel’s birth has resulted in spasms of  anti-Zionism down under. A Member of Parliament declared that
she would have to be absent when the resolution was put forward to
celebrate Israel’s birth. (Julia Irwin. Sounds like a blood!) And a number of groups published a giant ad in The Australian saying that celebrating Israel’s birth was celebrating "the triumph of racism and the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians." Wow.

Here’s the ad. The most important thing about it is that it states that this is the 60th anniversary of the Nakba. About time we recognize the Nakba! Its strong language has apparently divided the Jewish progressive group there, Independent Jewish Voices, but the list of signatories is huge, and one article says that a labor union or two have signed on.

I find this remarkable for two reasons: 1, Nakba recognition is on the rise, and inevitable in the U.S. too; 2, Slowly but surely, an anti-Zionist position within western Jewry is being rehabilitated. There was a time 70-100 years ago where this was a completely legitimate position for Jews to take. Indeed, the American Jewish Committee, which now says that being anti-Zionist is being anti-semitic, held that position. Good German-American Jews, angry about issues of dual loyalty.

Then the Holocaust destroyed that position with its proof that Jews were not safe in the west. And now 60 years on, Israel is nullifying Zionism, by equating it with militarism and apartheid. History lessons.

There is a season, turn turn turn, and a time for every purpose under heaven!

(My neighbor the American genius Pete Seeger wrote that. He is of the opinion that there is about to be a great progressive reaction to Iraq, a leftwing ball-bounce far higher than the conservative one of the last 20 years. Watch this space…)


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  1. Richard Witty says:

    Thank God that mature intellectuals can note the nakba without describing Zionism as racism.

    As we can celebrate the formation of America at the same as we mourn the loss of the Indian way of life.

  2. Richard Witty says:

    Are you anti-Zionist now Phil?

    Or post-Zionist?

    Or if you support the two-state liberal Zionist?

  3. Andrew Stuyvestant says:

    Pete Seeger has, however, been wrong about every event in American history. He's a Stalinist piece of shit, and I'm depressed to hear he's not dead yet.

  4. anon says:

    GOOD LORD!!!!
    How can you get so many facts wrong!
    Julia Irwin is about as Jewish as Ahmadinejad. She's Australia's most vocal professional Jew-baiter. Her political career consists of attacking Jews, followed by tearful apologies.

  5. Richard Silverstein says:

    "There is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven"

    A Biblical Jewish prophet wrote that, Seeger just stole it.

  6. King James says:

    PW: "There is a season, turn turn turn, and a time for every purpose under heaven!
    (My neighbor the American genius Pete Seeger wrote that."

    No, not Pete Seeger. It's Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3.
    Part of the Jewish heritage you so acclaim, you foolish, foolish man.

  7. Jm Haygood says:

    .

    As a distant outpost of the Anglosphere, Australia can allow freeish public discussion of the I/P conflict. But Australia doesn't have a vote on the UN Security Council. So IT DOESN'T MATTER.

    The U.S. is a different story. No cracks in the seamless illusion of zionist ideological consensus can be permitted. I shudder to think of the extremes of genuflection and prostration that will be required of U.S. politicians as the "celebrations" intensify into May. The enforced gaiety will be as authentic as the frozen smiles of a North Korean folkloric dance troupe putting on a command performance for a bored President Kim and his armed bodyguards.

    Mazel tov (as it were)! We who are about to die salute you.

  8. Richard Witty says:

    Pete Seeger has lived a great life.

    He's lit quite a few souls.

    Lay off the careless dissing please.

  9. Steve Irwin says:

    The Aussies should know something about Nakbas. Didn't they kill off most of the Aboroginal inhabitants?

  10. Richard Witty says:

    Yes,
    And for many on the Australian left, that is a primary guilt. (Of course the ideological do LITTLE to actually help the aborigines.)

    So, they "see" the same occurring in the present, and want to stop it before it occurs again. "Never again".

    They don't object in the hundreds of other places that it is happening in the world, or even understand that anti-Zionism is a form of racism as well as the construction that Zionism is.

    Australia is also dependant on oil, though its primary source of oil is Indonesia (also majority Muslim), and slightly secondarily the mideast.

    Indonesia has been the site of abusive machinations by colonizing European firms and states for the control of oil and trader routes there, resulting in odd and suppressive neo-colonial and corrupt but anti-colonial governments.

  11. canarsie says:

    Dual nationality proves stronger in a more chauvinistic US, than in Australia, whose Head of State, is a female Monarch, seated 12,000 miles away in a foreign country. Although Australia, Canada, and New Zealand share similar ideals as the US, all pursue more idealistic foreign policies than the United States.

  12. MM says:

    "They don't object in the hundreds of other places that it is happening in the world, or even understand that anti-Zionism is a form of racism as well as the construction that Zionism is."

    Besides towing this disgusting, propagandistic Dershowitz line on anti-Zionism, with its cowardly insinuation of anti-Semitism toward people you know not the least bit about, do you ever take time to think about the real implications of the ideology you continue to champion even as it leads to genocide?

    You indicated in an earlier comment months ago that you were not even aware of U.N. General Assembly Resolution 3379. I see that you familiarized yourself with it since.

    Where do you do your soul-searching, Richard — obviously not here, as here, you seem to be only interested in disrupting the soul-searching that Phil is bringing upon his conscience.

    There is no evidence in any of your writings that you've ever considered the possibility that the U.N. General Assembly Resolution 3379 was passed because a much wider and wiser range of perspectives than your own (Cuba, México, Brazil, India, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Nigeria, Senegal, Mali, the entire Arab world, etc) deemed this ideology to be functionally racist. Will you ever have the courage to reckon with that?

  13. Sol Salbe says:

    Phil,
    A couple of points to add some perspective. Having been involved in recognising the injustice done to the Palestinian people since about August 1968 I am pretty confident in saying that while the message was stronger than similar ads in the past it is inaccurate to describe the list of signatories as huge. In fact in terms of the number of non-Palestinian academics and other intellectuals the list is noted for its comparative paucity.

    Saying that the latest petition split the IAJV is a bit of an understatement. More than 460 Jewish Australians signed the original IAJV petition. A full 46 of those original signatories signed the latest petition.

  14. Sol Salbe says:

    Phil,
    A couple of points to add some perspective. Having been involved in recognising the injustice done to the Palestinian people since about August 1968 I am pretty confident in saying that while the message was stronger than similar ads in the past it is inaccurate to describe the list of signatories as huge. In fact in terms of the number of non-Palestinian academics and other intellectuals the list is noted for its comparative paucity.

    Saying that the latest petition split the IAJV is a bit of an understatement. More than 460 Jewish Australians signed the original IAJV petition. A full 46 of those original signatories signed the latest petition.

  15. PaulO says:

    "The Aussies should know something about Nakbas. Didn't they kill off most of the Aboroginal inhabitants?"
    I don't think any of the current 20 million inhabitants of Oz in all their multicultural diversity has ever – even once – killed an Aborigine. Things change.
    If Israel holds itself up as beacon of Western democracy and is willing to accept 3 billion in aid from the US annually then it can't continue to wipe out another people the way the Aussies once did. It also has to CHANGE.

  16. Andrew Stuyvestant says:

    PaulO!
    I love your idea!!!
    If Israelis want to be a holy as Australians they have to kill the Arabs off first, and then feel bad abou it!!!
    Seriously, lets at least extend them the same courtesy that you give Australians. Let them kill a million or two Palestinians, enough so they are reduced to 10% of the population. Then, I promise you, Israel will embrace multi-cultural progressivism to your content. They'll probably become the envy of Australia! Maybe even mandatory study in schools of the Palestinian genocide of 2008 (why wait, might as well start now!) Maybe a few museums reminding Israelis of how BAD we were . . .once upon a time.

  17. Crimson Ghost says:

    Americans may not care much about Palestinians but they do care about their economic and financial well being.

    The fact that Jews are HUGELY over-represented among those who profited (sometimes to the tune of billions) from the gargantuan financial frauds of the Bush years is going to do what the daily murder of Palestinians did not do — trigger a huge backlash against the Jewish establishment which now includes a lot of folks like this.

    The Federal Reserve Board which now is destroying the dollar and slashing the paltry rates folks earn on their savings to bail out their Wall Street buddies is 100% kosher

  18. PaulO says:

    Peter stuyvesant, let me be as non-specific as possible – if any country that sees itself as part of western culture were slaughtering their indiginous native population – in 2008 – they could not expect to get away with it. How's that?

  19. Andrew Stuyvestant says:

    PaulO!!!

    Ever heard of Britain? How about Ireland?
    Slither out of that one.

  20. MM says:

    Ah yes the great Irish holocaust of 2008!

  21. PaulO says:

    Britain and Ireland are exterminating their native populations? Are you talking about soccer hooligans, Alcoholics what?

  22. Andrew Stuyvestant says:

    Now boys, pay attention:
    Britain has killed more Irish civilians since 1967 than Israel has killed Palestinian civilians. Neither Israel nor Britain are exterminating anyone (that was my point) but they both kill terrorist assholes who need killing.

  23. William Burns says:

    Do you have actual numbers on that, Stuyvestant?

  24. William Burns says:

    Since I doubt if you're going to do the work, I actually looked it up myself. I couldn't find a statistic for the number of Irish civilians killed by the British, but the total casualties of the Irish Troubles, including those killed by the IRA and combattants, is 3357 according to "Lost Lives" by David McKittrick, Chris Thornton, Seamus Kelters and Brian Freeney, a book that seems to be accepted as accurate. B'tselem counts 4494 Palestinians killed by Israeli security forces between 2000 and 2008. In short, you don't seem to know what you're talking about.

  25. Arie Brand says:

    Phil you are again a wee bit optimistic.

    This was , in fact, the first time that the birthday of Israel was honored with a celebratory motion in the Australian parliament.

    This is what one of the most senior parliamentary reporters, Alan Ramsey, wrote in the Sydney Morning Herald yesterday:

    "So why was the Rudd Government, in its first four months of office, doing what no Australian government or parliament had done, to acknowledge any of the decades of Israeli statehood since the Six-Day War in 1967 saw the Israeli military occupy the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza and ignore 40 years of mutual violence and barbarity as well as 40 years of United Nations resolutions, to withdraw?

    The Howard government did not "honour" Israel's 50th anniversary in 1998, nor the Hawke government the 40th anniversary in 1988, nor the Fraser government the 30th anniversary in 1978. Why the 60th in 2008 the instant a Labor Government comes to power?

    When the Labor caucus met on Tuesday, as it does every week the Parliament sits, Sydney's Julia Irwin asked Rudd this very question.

    Why? Irwin never takes a backward step in her defence of Palestinian rights, but all she got from Rudd this time was waffle. He did not explicitly respond as to why 60 might be different from earlier decades when the Parliament had done nothing and neither had earlier governments. And no Labor MP supported Irwin in pushing it.
    She was a lone voice in the Labor caucus as Sussan Ley was in the Parliament. How's that for political ticker?"

    The sole parliamentarian who came up with a protest was Sussan Penelope Ley, the daughter of a British police officer in British mandated Palestine. This is what she said:

    "Today the Parliament passed a motion honouring Israel's 60 years. My purpose tonight is not to diminish Israel's achievements but to note the interests and legitimate aspirations of the people of Palestine.

    "Israel has many friends in this country and in this Parliament. The Palestinians, by comparison, have few. Theirs is not a popular cause. But it is one I support, in part out of knowledge that the victors of World War II, including Australia, wrote a 'homeland' cheque to cover the sins of the holocaust and centuries of anti-Semitism in Europe, but it was the Palestinians who had to cash it.

    "Israel has much to celebrate after 60 years. It has built a modern, accomplished and intelligent society, one whose scientific and technological expertise offers a great deal to the world. It has a robust democracy, a free press, a secular state with freedom of faith, and an unfettered opposition, regrettably rare in the Middle East. If there were peace between Israelis and Palestinians, one can only imagine the achievements of these two cultures today.

    "Israel's 40-year occupation of the Palestinian territories, its continued expansion of [illegal Israeli] settlements [on Palestinian land] and its refusal to allow the return of expelled refugees have caused deep resentment in the Arab world. Palestinian corruption in government and failure to abandon violence against civilians as a political tool have meant Israel does not feel secure behind secure borders. Sixty years have seen a great deal of bloodshed – Arab, Israeli and others, including 34 US soldiers killed by Israeli forces on the USS Liberty during the 1967 war. I do not find it helpful to engage in a forensic apportionment of blame; each side has legitimate grievances.

    "The current blockade of Gaza, confiscation of Palestinian land, and the expansion of settlements must be mentioned in the context of today's motion. Gaza is besieged, contained and on the brink of starvation. Rockets are fired into Israel every day, and Israel has a right to self-defence, but the crushing economic embargo feeds fury and resentment both in Gaza and the West Bank. [A total] 2679 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli [military] forces in the Gaza Strip since September 2000, [while] an Israeli human rights organisation reported 1259 of those were not participating in hostilities when they were killed, and 567 were minors …
    "We ought not be naive or simplistic about the challenge faced by the Israelis in moving towards peace with a [popularly elected] counterpart, in Hamas, that is funded and supported by a foreign power [Syria] and which retains an explicit commitment to [terrorism] as a political instrument. But may I remind the House of the example of the Northern Ireland peace process [which succeeded] after a more than 40-year struggle.

    "There are signs the Israeli people are developing a renewed hunger for peace. A recent Tel Aviv University poll indicates 64 per cent of Israelis believe the [Israeli] Government must hold direct talks with the Hamas government in Gaza towards a ceasefire. Military occupation, blockades and hostility against civilians in the name of security will result in [more] violence and terror. We must think what we can do [for] ordinary Israelis and Palestinians to give them some faith in the peace process …
    "We are the leaders of our generation. We are accountable for results. If the principal protagonists and the rest of the world community hand Palestine on to the next generation as a twisted mess of grievance, hatred and retribution, then we have failed. The last two generations of leaders have failed to produce peace. Let us renew our efforts."

    Arie Brand

  26. Andrew Stuyvestant says:

    "4494 Palestinians killed by Israeli security forces"

    CIVILIANS

  27. William Burns says:

    I'll agree this statistics are not perfect–they're what I found with a few minutes googling. But do you seriously want to argue that when the casualties on all sides over the entire period of the Irish troubles are less than the Palestinian casualties in eight years, that Israel has killed fewer civilians than Britain? My numbers aren't perfect, but you haven't produced any at all.

  28. Clara says:

    Crimson Ghost has more than a point, the banking system is corrupt. They've been making loans on money they don't actually have for decades. They have been sucking people deeper and deeper into debt. We are paying for our own enslavement, as a black woman, the irony is not lost on me. If you or I did what they do it would be called fraud. The Fed is a private institution, those people are making huge profits by basically stealing from everybody else. Mass theft for a very long time.
    When they talk about anti Semitism in Latin America, they don't say there is a poor people there trying to keep their own resources, not be opened up to the US Banks. I am an American, I am law abiding. I do not covet my neighbours possessions. I do not demand wars to secure another Israel who are our allies by acting out agressive spying opertaions inside the US as well as a list of other transgretions the media don't talk about. I hope there is a backlash, I hope everyone of those SOB's is tried for every fraud and every treason. They stole America, they're doing the same thing in Europe. The Arabs are fighting back that's what makes them terrorists and anti Semites! Anyone who questions the Jewish establishment is an anti Semite. They're going to crucify Obama's preacher for attacking the Jewish doctrine of everyone who is against us is a terrorist. The World Bank needs closing. The Fed needs be transferred back to the people as it was before 1913. It's time for the Jewish people themselves to consider the impact on billions of peoples lives all over the world who are at the mercy of these bankers and hedgefunders. It isn't just about what they're doing in Israel, it's about what is being done to near every people/country in the world. We need to fix the money and the politics. We can start over whatever it costs us, even if they constrict the money to create another depression then let them know, on their own heads be it.. We need to take the power away so they can't do this anymore. All good folk of good consience should want to put an end to the tyranny of
    the few.

  29. Glenn Condell says:

    'The Aussies should know something about Nakbas. Didn't they kill off most of the Aboroginal inhabitants?'

    Yes we did. Only a few weeks ago however, PM Rudd apologised to Aborigines for the suffering earlier racist policies had caused, in particular the practice of removing children from their parents. This has been a long time coming, with Rudd's predecessor Howard standing firm for ten years against the tide of history. He didn't lack support for his views but what was remarkable about the reaction to Rudd's words was how completely the nation agreed with him. It was quite emotional and in the moment, the naysayers all of a sudden looked like the narrow-minded bigots they always were.

    Now try to imagine an Israeli PM apologising to the Palestinians. What would we hear first? We'd hear demands that Hamas 'renounce terrorism' until our ears bled. Or until we tired of it and moved on, as usual.

    History creates it's own momentum though, and Phil is right that the 'natives' are getting so restless that it must burst out sooner or later. It will be American weakness (a weakness significantly caused by Israel partisans) which forces Israel to negotiate in good faith. Perhaps an apology will flow from this, but I wouldn't hold my breath.

  30. Phil says:

    Clara:

    Good post. I thought you might get attacked for a spelling mistake or two, so I edited and pasted it below. Hope you don't mind the changes.

    "They stole America, they're doing the same thing in Europe. White Americans are fighting back that's what makes them terrorists and racists! Anyone who questions Black supremacy is a racist. They're going to crucify Hillary for attacking the Negro doctrine of everyone who is against us is a racist. Affirmative action needs to be ended. States rights need to be returned to what they before 1913. It's time for Black people themselves to consider the impact on billions of peoples lives all over the world who are at the mercy of these Black murders and rapists. It isn't just about what they're doing in Africa, it's about what is being done to near every people/country in the world."

  31. Ed. says:

    Britain has killed more Irish civilians since 1967 than Israel has killed Palestinian civilians. Neither Israel nor Britain are exterminating anyone (that was my point) but they both kill terrorist assholes who need killing.
    Posted by: Andrew Stuyvestant | March 15, 2008 at 04:56 PM

    How do you define Israel? Is it merely the state of Israel, or is it the state of Jewish Zionism, which is an extension of Israel? Israel says Jewish Zionists are Israeli citizens.

    Jewish Zionists and the Israel lobby were primary actors behind the Iraq war, which has killed 1 million. Zionists in the Clinton administration were the primary actors behind the Iraq sanctions, which killed 500,000. 1,000 Lebanese were killed in the 2006 Lebanon war, and nearly a million displaced. Etc, etc, etc.

    The nation of Jewish Zionists have as much blood on their hands as anyone. The difference is, they’re the only nation that demands that other nations finance their throat-slitting, while simultaneously categorizing them as victims of intolerance worthy of special consideration and vetos of UN resolutions designed to moderate their behavior.

    All in all, not a very winning long game they're playing, the Jewish Zionist fanatics. Little wonder Israel and the extended Jewish Zionist nation is so despised. And its all of their own doing.

  32. Clara's post was incoherent in parts, "Phil's" post completely so. "Phil" is a doofus, in fact.

    But Clara does have a point when she says:

    "[T]he banking system is corrupt. They've been making loans on money they don't actually have for decades. They have been sucking people deeper and deeper into debt. We are paying for our own enslavement, as a black woman, the irony is not lost on me. If you or I did what they do it would be called fraud."

    A lot of America's political and financial elite are criminals, and should be put away for a long, long time.

    Michael Blaine
    http://www.rudelystamped.blogspot.com

  33. Richard Witty says:

    And "gold" is money, but not the credit that a firm issues to another?

    That South Africa and Russia and the private mining companies control the supply of, and can issue free money to themselves.

    Repetition does not make "cause".

  34. Richard Witty says:

    Energy is finite.

    There is a fixed income of solar sourced energy into the planet, and we get to control how much of that we consume and how it is utilized.

    Except that there is energy that originates in geothermal, that is not in the functionally finite biosphere, nor is nuclear energy.

    Those are currencies which could otherwise serve as "finite", the source of which is outside any individual's control (so not possible to be cornered or coerced), and are more naturally inherent in all activity.

    Gold isn't inherent in most value creating exchange, though is physically in some. The agreement to provide value in exchange is (fiat money, issued by governments AND private firms in the form of credit). Energy is physically.

    If you wanted non-fiat money, energy could be the ONLY currency basis that didn't distort and corrupt reality.

  35. Richard Witty says:

    "In 2007 China (with 276 tonnes) overtook South Africa as the world's largest gold producer, the first time since 1905 that South Africa has not been the largest."

    "Other major producers are United States, Australia, China, Russia and Peru. "

    With the gold standard, combined with the "law" that mining rights are titled, originating with the owner of the surface, this gives China, South Africa, US, Australia, Russia, and Peru the "right" to print money, but noone else.

    A little arbitrary, no?

  36. Speaking of anniversities it was five years ago today that the Apartheid Terrorist Slugs of Israel murdered Rachel Corrie.link to homo-sapien-underground.blogspot.com

  37. Charles Keating says:

    Richard:
    Now compare the historical stabililty of gold as valuable legal tender with the fractional fiat dollar and Fed monetary system.
    Our banking system has turned "solid ground" into swamp land.
    A crude and distorted drawing of a thing is not usually thought of as the real thing. Or, at least not in the long term. That's why the investment bankers need our taxpayer dollars.

  38. Richard Witty says:

    Gold has a horrid history as money. Thats why it was abandoned.

    If you study geology, even "solid" ground is not.

    The federal reserve system is flawed to my understanding as a system ONLY in the requirement for all transactions that occur within the US to be allowed to be settled in dollars, "legal tender".

    If two contractors agree to settle in gold or wheat or emission credits or Ithaca dollars they can, but anyone at any moment can insist that a transaction be settled in dollars.

  39. "So why was the Rudd Government, in its first four months of office, doing what no Australian government or parliament had done, to acknowledge any of the decades of Israeli statehood since the Six-Day War in 1967 saw the Israeli military occupy the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza and ignore 40 years of mutual violence and barbarity as well as 40 years of United Nations resolutions, to withdraw?"

    It seems to be something that is generational and results from indoctrination.

    I see the same thing in Western Europe all the time.

    Western Europeans over 50 fall over themselves not to be anti-Semitic and to support the State of Israel. Under 40, there is increasing hatred of the State of Israel, Zionism, and Jews.

    People from 40-50 are confused.

    In Eastern Europe where the memory of the Jewish Soviet leadership class and its crimes, resistence to Holocaust Religion and Worship of the State of Israel is much stronger.

    Anyway, I put a reply to Phil's entry on Jews and wealth. I was looking at the issue of indoctrination from the standpoint of the Jewish community but it applies in many regards to older non-Jews as well.

    "… Jews that would disdain a political program if the Bronfmans, the Krafts, Wexner, or Adelson proposed it fall over themselves in obedience if "profession Jewish leaders" from the organized Jewish community advocate the selfsame program as necessary to the survival of the Jewish state."

    See link to eaazi.blogspot.com .

  40. the Sword of Gideon says:

    Rachel Corrie went to a war zone and took a side. The only regret here is that she can't be dug up and then run over again.

    Clara:
    I know you think that we need another "final solution" to the Jewish problem but you already had that shot. We're a little more wary now. BTW, you never said whether you like to get it up the ass

  41. Vasona says:

    Sword of Gideon, "Phil", Clara,

    Quite the intellectuals you have here Philip.

  42. azeem says:

    So many comments regarding the issue of jews, I must raise the point that the number one terrorist on earth today is Israel, no one stands up when a massacre has been created in Palestine.

    Sydney Dating