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3/16/18

I support a free Palestine and I believe in the Palestinian right to live a peaceful, safe and productive life. It must happen and soon! I reject all forms of racism and hate and I condemn without reservation the brutality and cruelty of Zionist colonization and a 70-year-old agenda to refuse the rights of Palestinians to live in peace on their own land.

Systematic lies and propaganda have colored the Zionist agenda to keep alive the myth of Zionist Israel as a Democracy.  Jews-as-victims is hammered in, to include many references to the Nazi Holocaust and quite horrifyingly has twisted, lied and distorted the reality of Zionism, which includes jailors, occupiers, murderers, persecutors, torturers and profoundly  fiendish victimizers. The obsessive propaganda reference to Jews as victims has colored many in the older generation of Jews who maintain a strong allegiance to Zionism.  In this way, references to the Nazi Holocaust are used to imprint and inflame the fear of a second Holocaust. The identification is as eternal victims destined to be wiped out. This time the perpetrators are  “Arabs,” hated would-be destroyers of Israel, sub-human monsters who must be countered or destroyed in order for a Jewish state to be born.  Yes, Zionism an ideology of Nationalism and racism has managed to keep the lies alive through domestic intimidation that obscures the violent agenda of genocide that continues to reign.

I struggle  to understand how the rape of Palestine continues for these endless decades and realize a mastery of manipulation has so brilliantly hidden the nightmare of the Nakba, the Palestinian catastrophe brought on by Zionist Nationalism.

One does not hear it mentioned in the mainstream news.  This brilliant yet so deeply disturbing  introjection of “victim” sustains fears still smoldering  in Jewish consciousness and fed by clever, ugly propaganda. In truth, Israel is an occupying power with powerful military capacities aided by the US and Germany. They are all complicit in what can be called another crime of the century. The “most moral army” has  suffocated and brutally controlled Palestinian life.  Gaza is dying, as is the Zionist fantasy of a Jewish state for Jews only. A Jewish State can never be founded on terrorism and genocide. Lies are woven into the fabric of Zionist society and cover up a most virulent form of man’s inhumanity to man.

We cannot leave out another preposterous lie so destructive to the question of what and who is a Jew.  I embrace this question by recognizing Zionism as a nationalist and racist ideology and NOT a religion. Zionists attempt to blur the distinction and one must be vigilant and clear about this targeted propaganda so deeply flawed and destructive. The Zionist self-serving myth has spread far and wide to condemn  all opponents  as anti-Semitic.

Israel, you have learned well man’s inhumanity to man as the cycle of hate continues. Zionists betray Judaism, once a religion of compassion.  I am deeply ashamed of Jews who continue to support the decades of Israeli occupation propelled by a profound form of racism I could not have imagined since Germany in the 1930’s. I am outraged that Zionists have refused to reflect on how they have disgraced themselves as racists who use biblical references to justify a  profoundly gruesome agenda that exploits history so as to incorporate all victims murdered by the Nazis.

No matter how hard the Israeli government attempts to silence dissenters, we who seek truth and justice and who understand the Palestinian Nakba cannot be silent until the occupation is lifted.

I have always struggled with religion and the inherent violence it has created throughout history.  Rather I have chosen to engage in a more contemplative and spiritual lifestyle.

The false morality that continues to seek supporters who believe the lie of the most “moral” army in the world has become a symbol to those who are breaking the silence, of illegitimacy and illusion. To face the truth behind the Israeli mask shatters a deception that aims to portray Israel as a victim, and symbolic of the fate of Jews in Nazi Germany. This deception speaks to a most clever form of propaganda.

No doubt these decades of contempt and profound human rights abuses have created new generations of hate on both sides.

Ultimately the continued occupation coupled with a victim paranoia that attempts to obscure a violent and self destructive policy could be the demise of Israel in its present form of  right wing nationalism. With the help of outside forces– including the UN, the EU, BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions), and activists in the US, Israel  MUST reinvent itself as a truly democratic society for all with equal rights and principles of human rights in place. The first step is the end of the occupation. Israel must cease the schizophrenic lies that are the pseudo face of Democracy for Jews while engaging in a violent occupation. It is mind boggling that the US media does not speak or write very much about the tragedy of the occupation. The situation in Germany is similar, for Germany retains an eternal guilt of its Nazi past and therefore is also complicit with Israeli crimes. Despite this, there are many human rights activists who oppose the occupation.

No one should tolerate any form of racism that takes away the dignity of life. Israel has created an artificial divide that has kept it separate (apartheid) in a quest for a dream that seems no longer relevant. Multiculturalism makes for a healthy and fascinating society. The hatred and violence in the name of Jews must end. Have they learned nothing from their own history?

Without flinching and from my heart as a refugee from Nazi Germany and as a human being, I condemn the crimes of Zionism.

 

 

Lillian Rosengarten
About Lillian Rosengarten

Lillian Rosengarten is author of the book “Survival and Conscience: From The Shadow Of Nazi Germany To The Jewish Boat To Gaza."(October 2015, Just World Books) It has been published in German. (Zambon 7/14). She can be contacted through her website, lillianrosengarten.com

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12 Responses

  1. eljay
    eljay
    March 20, 2018, 10:59 am

    I offer my continued respect to Ms. Rosengarten.

  2. RoHa
    RoHa
    March 21, 2018, 2:08 am

    “A Jewish State can never be founded on terrorism and genocide. ”

    I thought that was the only way a Jewish State could be founded.

    • Citizen
      Citizen
      March 25, 2018, 5:16 am

      I guess the alternative was to found such a state in Antartica?

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        March 26, 2018, 2:00 am

        Anti-Penguinite.

  3. MHughes976
    MHughes976
    March 21, 2018, 9:09 am

    What was the Nakba and what was wrong with it?
    We are told that the ‘Arab’ population committed a war crime by leaving the area with the intent of creating a free fire zone for invading armies intent on a massacre of Jews. This formula concentrates on the leaving, which physically did happen, and on a motivation ascribed by inference usually from the tone of Arab radio propaganda. This is misleading in three main ways.
    The first crucial thing, in that it is the sole immediate cause of the permanent absence of most of the former population, is not that they left but that they were not permitted to return: the permanent exclusion from recognised property of thousands of people whose legitimacy as residents had never been questioned. The secind step is the imputation of motive, as if it could be recognised in each of thousands of people, justifying harsh treatment of each and all. In fact there was hardly any evidence at individual level and a much more obvious motive, fear of being in a war zone, is so clearly available. Thirdly, a fundamental difference between a home and a prison is obscured. The idea of a home is that one may come and go without permission, except perhaps in emergency situations – and then only temporarily. You don’t have to persuade the government that your motives were or are pure.
    The Nakia was wrong because it deprived people – as mentioned, people whose right to be there had never been questioned and was obviously valid – of their homes and political rights, moreover deprived them so violently that many had to die. It has been defended with invalid rhetoric. History has certainly been manipulated.

  4. Misterioso
    Misterioso
    March 21, 2018, 10:51 am

    For the record:

    The repeated assertion by Israel’s leaders and other Zionists that Palestinians fled their homes and properties in 1948 because they were told to do so by Arab leaders to make way for incoming Arab armies has long-since been debunked. To quote John H. Davis, who served as Commission-General of UNRWA at the time: “An exhaustive examination of the minutes, resolutions, and press releases of the Arab League, of the files of leading Arabic newspapers, of day-to-day monitoring of broadcasts from Arab capitals and secret Arab radio stations, failed to reveal a single reference, direct or indirect, to an order given to the Arabs of Palestine to leave. All the evidence is to the contrary; that the Arab authorities continuously exhorted the Palestinian Arabs not to leave the country…. Panic and bewilderment played decisive parts in the flight. But the extent to which the refugees were savagely driven out by the Israelis as part of a deliberate master-plan has been insufficiently recognized.” (John H. Davis, The Evasive Peace, London: Murray, 1968)

  5. JWalters
    JWalters
    March 21, 2018, 9:19 pm

    Thank you for your highly informed, courageous, and blunt assessment of the situation. That is the kind of statement that inspires others.

  6. Citizen
    Citizen
    March 25, 2018, 5:45 am

    I imagine Donald Trump will never get Ms.Rosengarten’s memo here. Who can possible trust the corporate American mainstream media about anything related to Palestine, now or then? I’ve been around way too many decades and never once ever hear the word “Nakba” from any of its network or cable tv news hirelings. Has anyone? I’ve hear the word “occupation” a handful of times recently in the form of introductory blurb context, preliminary to trotting out some expert or reporter, e.g., apropos Trump’s embassy move, but never the slightest follow-up discussion of what it means. A working person doing a bit of catch up on the latest news around supper time could get the impression “those Palestinians are upset for some reason.” I imagine such a person would at most chalk it up to “more crap, those people have been fighting for centuries, ” and move on to more important things, lunch bucket items, grocery items on sale, or college tuition, sports, or his or her favorite pure entertainment show. It’s really depressing that our press are given great constitutional protection to speak truth, to inform us, so we can vote, act with informed consent, and fail in such a major way to perform the duty of journalism. At least we can see clearly the pros and cons and reasons why re NRA, but most Americans think AIPAC, for example, is “A pack of what?”

  7. lonely rico
    lonely rico
    March 27, 2018, 10:01 am

    Thank you Lillian Rosengarten.

    Systematic lies and propaganda have colored the Zionist agenda

    From article by Richard Falk at MWC –

    “Israel has been brilliant over the years in shaping and misdirecting the public discourse on the future of Palestine. Among its earliest achievement along these lines was the crucial propaganda victory by having the 1948 War known internationally as the ‘War of Independence.’ Such a designation erases the Palestinians from political consciousness, and distorts the deeper human and political consequences of the war. Language matters, especially in vital circumstances where there are winners and losers, a reality that applies above all to a war of displacement.

    To circle back to the contention that language is itself a site of struggle, it become desirable, even now, more than 70 years later, to call the 1948 War by a name that reveals more clearly its essential and flawed character, and this name is The Partition War.”

    http://mwcnews.net/focus/editorial/71194-renaming-the-1948-war.html

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