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Slouching toward Gilead (or how Zionism collapses into anti-feminism)

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A few years ago, noted racist Baruch Marzel (who, every election cycle, comes up with some 70% of the votes in Kfar Chabad) tried to disrupt (Hebrew) the wedding of Moral Malcha, a former Jew, and Muhammad Mansour, a Muslim. Five hundred of Marzl’s supporters showed up outside the wedding hall, carrying signs saying “assimilation is a holocaust.” Marzel and his racists were confronted by 200 protesters. The right-wing protesters were roundly condemned by the decent center.

Last week, the chairman-elect of the Jewish Agency, Buzhi “Isaac” Herzog, told Ynet that during his last vacation in the US he encountered “something I called a veritable plague. I saw my friends’ children either marrying or in life partnership with non-Jewish partners, with the parents beating their chests and asking questions and agonizing, and listen, this touches every family in the US. We’re talking about millions of people. I said there must be a campaign, there must be a solution, we must break our heads and find a way to solve this great challenge.”

Needless to say, there are some definite differences between Herzog and Marzel. For starters, Herzog is clean-shaven. He’s also a well-oiled and oily lawyer, a member of the aristocracy – as much as Israel has any – deeply rooted in the establishment. Even when he distributes the same message as Marzel he does so much more calmly, as befits his sleepy personality. Marzel is hirsute, is anything but establishment – rather, he represents a counter-establishment – and finesse is not his strong suit. Marzel’s voice booms; Herzog, something of a squeak; and in all likelihood, you would have a much better time drinking a beer with Marzel.

Baruch Marzel leads religious Jews to push through Israeli security and enter the Western Wall plaza, October 30, 2014. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Baruch Marzel leads religious Jews to push through Israeli security and enter the Western Wall plaza, October 30, 2014. (Photo: Allison Deger)

And that’s about the sum of the differences between them. Yes, it is likely that Herzog would be horrified – truly horrified – by the measures Marzel suggests to treat the disease diagnosed by Herzog. But, in the end, if a person who chooses to love another is a disease, a clear and present danger to the existence of the Jewish people; if the decision of a woman to follow her lover, to leave her father and mother and cleave unto them, requires a “campaign”, demands a “solution” – if so, then tougher people than us have already said that when the wood is cut, chips will fly, and that you can’t make an omelet without breaking some eggs. And if Herzog lacks the courage to see how eggs look when they are broken, perhaps he should make way for less sentimental people, who will carry out what he can only speak of.

(I have seen the broken eggs. I am yet to see the omelet.)

* * *

Herzog, it’s important to note, said nothing unusual. He was merely repeating the old position of the Jewish Agency. Nine years ago, this ad caused an uproar, and the Agency had to hastily pull it. Perhaps Herzog was unaware of it. After all, nobody expects a newly elected chairman of a sham organization to actually be familiar with its history.

There is one main difference between Israeli Jews and Diaspora Jews: In Israel, Judaism is governed by the state according to the Orthodox thinking. You’re a Jew if your mother was one. When it comes to immigration, we’ll accept a Jewish father as well – we’re suffering from a shortage of cannon fodder – but if you think that after your service you’d be allowed to live here as a normal human being, forget about it.

This takes us back to the 18th century, when Jews were finally allowed out of the ghetto – often, a self-imposed one. Europe’s Jewry underwent a great and shocking awakening. Great number of Jews found out that, when it comes to it, Judaism had nothing left to offer them; they went to other places, and often fertilized them. Other Jews began to reshape their religion and the way they related to it. The rabbis’ power to enforce their will was broken, once people had a way out – and a huge number left. Others reached the conclusion that the ossified rabbinate was not good enough for them, and that it requires an urgent update. Out of this explosion came Reform and Conservative Judaism, and the great project of Haskala, Jewish Enlightenment.

Haskala gave birth to Zionism. But Zionism murdered its parent: it diluted Judaism to tribalism and nationalism. It turned the tables: instead of the State of the Jews serving the Jews, the Jews now had to serve the State of the Jews. And Zionism sees no other meaning to Judaism. The most erudite and sharp Jewish scholar, should they decide to live in London, was considered by it as less Jewish as someone who shed his heritage to become a muzhik in a kibbutz.

Of course, the early age of Zionism possessed an intellectual elite; but it did its best to make certain it would have no heirs. Haskala went on, but in other places. Zionists, who often cannot elucidate what makes them Jewish and are uncomfortable with the racialism of the Orthodox thinking they absorbed, like to speak of “Judaism as culture”. But seeing Judaism as culture necessitates giving up the concept that birth dictates identity.

Certainly there is a lot of Jewish culture these days; but, generally, not here.

* * *

When Orthodox Jews speak of assimilation (and Herzog seems to have taken that position hook, line and sinker) they generally speak of the assimilation of the woman. The fact that racists opposed sex between women of the “higher” race and men of the “inferior” race hardly needs mentioning; but it is particularly poignant in Jewish Orthodox racism. A women who “assimilates” annihilates the next generations of Jews, as the line is matrilineal. The children of a Jewish male who has sex with a non-Jewish woman are not Jews, anyway. Assimilation, in the Jewish Orthodox sense, is all about the women.

And when Zionism embraces the Orthodox position about miscegenation, it embraces a more subtle position: that a woman is indentured to the needs of the people and race. The Orthodox-Zionist emphasis is on the argument that women have rights that a Jewish male may deny. Such as the right to decide where to walk.

* * *

In the last few years, Israel suffered from a plague of exclusion of women. Actions that were once taken for granted, like women singing in public, became controversial. The Minister of Transportation supported ultra-Orthodox demands that women ride on the back of buses. In Beit Shemesh, the police are running a dispirited rear action against closing streets to the movement of women; the courts said time and again it is illegal, but the police can’t seem to find the hooligans who put signs declaring streets closed to women and harassing those who brave them. The Minister of the Interior, Aryeh Deri, refuses, and refused for years, to implement a government decision prohibiting women exclusion. Last week, the most racist movement in Israel, Chabad, held a provocative rally in Rabin Square – and segregated women from men during the rally.

The Tel Aviv municipality, which finally moved into the void left by Deri and announced it would prohibit events in public places that segregate women, realized too late it already approved the Chabad rally. The municipality rescinded the permit for the rally, Chabad sued, and the judge ordered the event be held – once Chabad announced it would not enforce gender segregation.

Naturally, Chabad’s promise was empty air (Hebrew). Women who tried to reach the square to protest the rally were pushed back, violently; Chabad cultists attacked women and men who stood by them; men were prohibited from entering the designated women’s side; and a woman who lived near the square, and had nothing to do with the rally or the counter demonstration, was spat at and was cursed by the godly as she walked home from the bus.

Some Members of the Knesset, mostly women, issued stern admonitions. But aside from that, the largest square in Israel, in its most liberal city, was declared off-limits to women for two hours – and the outrage was gone with next news cycle.

* * *

This will not end in Rabin Square. Jewish Orthodoxy is inherently hostile to women. Yet the Zionist majority cannot face Orthodoxy, precisely because it is Zionist. Zionism, after all, relies on the premise that God – even if it does not exist – promised us the land. And since Zionism killed Haskala amongst its adherents, it failed in developing a Jewish alternative to Orthodoxy. For 70 years, since the founding of the state, after incessant speeches about a “Jewish state”, the Zionist failed in finding a positive meaning to the word “Jewish.” We know what the negative meaning is: depriving Palestinians of their rights. But where is the positive one?

(I have seen the broken eggs. I am yet to see an omelet.)

As Zionism made certain to kill Haskala, and as its ideal New Jewish Man is a Hebrew-speaking Cossack, most Israeli Jews have no real knowledge of Judaism. No one ever asked them to spend some time thinking about their Jewish identity and what it means, because the government always relied on the Orthodoxy for that. Rabbis decide who is a Jew when they come to be married, to be buried, and to bring children into the world – that is, in every critical point in their lives. Those rabbis are, without exception, Orthodox. Reform Jews ask too many annoying questions and speak too much of Tikkun Olam. Zionism is fine with the world as it is.

And hatred of women is built into Jewish Orthodoxy. Women are considered property. Marriage is a purchase of a woman by a man from her previous owner, her father, who according to Jewish law may sell her into slavery if he so wishes. One could argue, and it would be an easy argument to make, that the Orthodoxy became more anti-women with the advance of women’s rights – just as Orthodoxy itself is a reaction to the Reform and Haskala movements. The proper name for Jewish Orthodoxy is Jewish reaction.

And yet, as most Israeli Jews are hollow Jews; as they have never received a liberal education; as they tend to accept the Orthodox position on what Judaism is (as it is the only position they are taught) and on what doctrine is; and as Orthodoxy is essential to Zionism, so as to maintain the claim that “the land is ours” – when all this is put in balance, Zionists are liable to give up women’s rights in order to pacify the Orthodox.

The Zionist and the Orthodox arcs are destined to merge, and Zionism will be swallowed by Orthodoxy.

Palestinians have already paid the price for Zionism. Israeli women are likely to be next. If Israelis want a way out of this labyrinth, they would have to dismantle the Zionist state, whose Judaism is based on Orthodoxy.

Which will not happen without a struggle. But, if we wish to avoid the fate of Saudi Arabia, we should attend to it.

As for the Diaspora Jews – they are likely to survive Herzog. Assuming they even pay him any attention.

About Yossi Gurvitz

Yossi Gurvitz is a journalist and a blogger, and has covered the occupation extensively.

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  1. Stephen Shenfield
    July 1, 2018, 3:47 pm

    The Orthodox conception of Judaism was a mixture of racialism and religious obligation, i.e., a Jew must accept the authority of the Torah and perform the 613 mitzvot (commandments). The secular Zionists removed religious practice from this formula and added Jewish nationalism in its Zionist form, ending up with a ‘racially’ based Zionism.

    Religious Zionists come in two varieties. The ordinary variety just mix secular Zionist ideas together with Orthodox religion (but do not fuse them). The messianic variety, founded by the Rabbis Kook (father and son), fuses Zionism with Orthodox religion by giving the Zionist enterprise a messianic significance, i.e., Zionism supplants the role formerly assigned to the Messiah and inaugurates the messianic age. This is the ideology of the Gush Emunim settlers.

    There are also still anti-Zionist Orthodox Jews in Israel, the US and elsewhere. These include but are not limited to the group called Neturei Karla (Guardians of the City) and the Satmar Chassidic sect. In between there are also Orthodox Jews who are unsure whether they support or oppose Zionism. All Orthodox Jews oppose intermingling of the sexes and intermarriage.

  2. echinococcus
    July 1, 2018, 4:54 pm

    Let the feminist Zionists eliminate the woman-oppressing Zionists and vice versa. Let the obscurantist cavemen Zionists destroy the Zionist of more liberal mores, while the gay power Zionists bash the religious Zionists who use a hole in the bed sheet.

    What they pretend to defend is none of our business –they all want to keep Palestine without having any right to it and exterminate its owners, except those which some Zionists will keep in slavery if they behave.

    I should feel bad for Zionism-supporting women? Not on your life. There’s nothing better than liberal Zionists and cavemen Zionists bashing each other to exhaustion, male or female. We need more of this. “But, if we wish to avoid the fate of Saudi Arabia…” Oh no, a much more serious fate should be available for Zionists.

    • druid
      July 2, 2018, 2:17 pm

      It seems to me that orthotic Talmudic Judaism is worse for women than what is in S.Arabia, though S. Arabia is pretty bad in itself!

      • oldgeezer
        July 2, 2018, 4:08 pm

        @druid

        It’s time we put our foot down about it.

  3. JLewisDickerson
    July 1, 2018, 8:38 pm

    RE: Last week, the chairman-elect of the Jewish Agency, Buzhi “Isaac” Herzog, told Ynet that during his last vacation in the US he encountered “something I called a veritable plague. I saw my friends’ children either marrying or in life partnership with non-Jewish partners, with the parents beating their chests and asking questions and agonizing, and listen, this touches every family in the US. We’re talking about millions of people. I said there must be a campaign, there must be a solution, we must break our heads and find a way to solve this great challenge.”

    MY COMMENT: It’s not exactly ‘rocket science’.
    There is no need for Herzog and his ilk to break their heads, after all:
    “Great minds think alike.”

    SEE:
    ■ Lebensborn
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Lebensborn e.V. (literally: “Fount of Life”) was an SS-initiated, state-supported, registered association in Nazi Germany with the goal of raising the birth rate of “Aryan” children via extramarital relations of persons classified as “racially pure and healthy” based on Nazi racial hygiene and health ideology. Lebensborn encouraged anonymous births by unmarried women, and mediated adoption of these children by likewise “racially pure and healthy” parents, particularly SS members and their families. . .

    SOURCE – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lebensborn

    Handmaid’s Tale Aunt Lydia Scene

    • JLewisDickerson
      July 1, 2018, 9:02 pm

      P.S. ALSO SEE: “Israel’s sugar daddy, Sheldon Adelson”, by Brad A. Greenberg, JewishJournal.com, June 27, 2008

      [EXCERPT] . . . Adelson’s reach hasn’t been limited to charity. In fact, some say he uses money to meddle in Israeli politics, pushing a right-wing vision void of a peace process through his connections with American politicians—Bush called the Republican donor “some crazy Jewish billionaire”—and his free daily newspaper, Israel Hayom, which observers criticize as being stuffed with propaganda for Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu.

      At a formal dinner attended by more than a hundred senior officials of various Israeli and Jewish organizations, guests were offered the opportunity to tell Peres what they considered the biggest challenge facing the Jewish people. Adelson, according to Ha’aretz, declared, “I think Jews should have lots of sex. That is the solution to our demographic problem.” . . .

      The Handmaid’s Tale is About the Present

    • echinococcus
      July 2, 2018, 12:29 am

      Dickerson,

      Your Lebensborn solution is treyf. No can do.
      The Chosen need identifiable Jewish mothers*, so an adoption program won’t do.
      When they were stealing Yemeni babies, it was different (J mothers!)
      ( https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/08/shocking-story-israel-disappeared-babies-160803081117881.html )

      *see article text:

      You’re a Jew if your mother was one. When it comes to immigration, we’ll accept a Jewish father as well – we’re suffering from a shortage of cannon fodder – but if you think that after your service you’d be allowed to live here as a normal human being, forget about it.

      • JLewisDickerson
        July 2, 2018, 9:21 pm

        Lebensborn II will be a Likud-initiated, state-supported, registered association in Israel with the goal of raising the birth rate of “Jewish” children via extramarital relations of persons classified as “racially pure and healthy” based on Israeli racial hygiene and health ideology. . .

  4. Marnie
    July 2, 2018, 12:24 am

    “And hatred of women is built into Jewish Orthodoxy. Women are considered property. Marriage is a purchase of a woman by a man from her previous owner, her father, who according to Jewish law may sell her into slavery if he so wishes. One could argue, and it would be an easy argument to make, that the Orthodoxy became more anti-women with the advance of women’s rights – just as Orthodoxy itself is a reaction to the Reform and Haskala movements. The proper name for Jewish Orthodoxy is Jewish reaction.”

    And this, like the bald racism and hatred shown to ‘the other’, makes these morons scratch their heads and lament the loss of jewish pussy to ‘other’ cocks. Lama? Gee, maybe it could be that some jewish women are tried of fucking themselves for the good of the tribe.

  5. lenny
    July 2, 2018, 8:03 am

    Lament of an ed. (A request for issac)

    My holy man
    Come pray with me
    Pray with me
    As we walk down the fire road
    Souls burn in hells abode

    My holy man
    Write his name with the letters in sand
    Bring out the marching band
    Its our destiny
    Look for no pity

    My holy man
    I have ridden on the winged horse
    To the holy land
    Saw cities burning
    Salt turn to sand
    Rivers filled with poison
    The land a scarred lesion
    The killing season
    The sabbath bride stripped bare
    In the suns bright glare
    False words mouths blare

    Yes my holy man
    Come stand with me before the Lord
    Where we will judged to the man
    Ask forgiveness from the burning sword
    Have we heeded the word Dan
    As our neighbours suffer in pain
    Do we point and and laugh
    Sell our brothers for profit and gain

    Yes my holy man
    Come pray with me
    Pray with me
    For souls lost so that they may be found
    May the Lord guide them with a righteous hand
    These three companions eternally bound
    May they live in peace in this holy land.

  6. Yonah Fredman
    July 2, 2018, 11:31 am

    1. Replacing Zionism with what? If Zionism is replaced by gurvitz’s ideal society then the antifeminism would disappear. But the predominant Palestinian society is not pro feminist, so there is not reason to believe that Zionism would be replaced by something closer to gurvitz’s ideal.

    2. Because of the traditional nature of Middle Eastern society, the question of intermarriage is primarily Jewish females marrying Palestinian males, because Palestinian females are sheltered against the freedoms of modern society. In the United States the statistics regarding gender and intermarriage are not similar to the Middle East situation. Compare: https://forward.com/news/192698/jewish-woman-is-new-face-of-intermarriage-pew-stud/

    • Mooser
      July 2, 2018, 12:05 pm

      “assimilation is a holocaust”?

      “Yonah”, we don’t have enough DNA to fill our own gene-pool.

      And the more consanguinity, the more risk.

    • Mooser
      July 2, 2018, 4:04 pm

      ” because Palestinian females are sheltered against the freedoms of modern society…”

      Know quite a bit about “Palestinian females”, don’t you “Yonah”?

  7. Misterioso
    July 2, 2018, 11:39 am

    The monstrous crimes committed against the indigenous Palestinians by Zionism and its spawn, the entity known as “Israel” are having a disastrous effect on Judaism. No wonder increasing numbers of Jews are assimilating by marrying non-Jews.

    A good read:
    https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/06/27/cry-baby-israel/

    “Cry Baby Israel,” by Vacy Vlanza, Counterpunch, June 27/18

    EXCERPTS:

    “Israel, one of the most technologically advanced military superpowers, is making a colossal fool of itself on the global stage by crying Wolf – ‘We have the right to defend ourselves from – from ?- hold onto your hats, folks, from – Kites, Balloons, Stones, Cameras, a Slap, a Poem.

    “Seriously? Damn Right. These aren’t just any kites, balloons, stones, cameras, slap, poem. These are terror toys of Palestinian mass defiance and of monster maquisards, mainly teenagers and youth, that strike fear and panic in the mighty Israeli armed forces.

    “With Israel’s back to the wall, Israeli leaders predictably huddle behind the ‘Terrorist’ Card and the Victim Card that hide Israel’s cowardice and cruelty and justify its atrocities against Palestinian resistance.”

    “On March 30, the disgrace and international censure, induced by Israel’s precision massacre of 60 defenceless, nonviolent participants in Gaza’s Great March of Return, was immediately deflected by the Israeli hasbara machine that churned out a barrage of lies, mindlessly rerun by lackey media and vassal states, asserting ‘clashes’ between Jewish snipers in fear of their lives and members of ‘terror’ groups belying the grass-roots non-violent uprising.

    “Neither that massacre, nor the daily massacres since, have stopped the brave Great March of Return protests. The demented Israeli might-over-right mindset that has prevailed for 70 plus years simply cannot comprehend, ‘as with a green plant, that what matters most is rootedness; what truly holds up, nourishes and supports all else is underground’ , that Palestinian sumoud i.e., steadfastness has ancient roots to the land. Such rootedness defeated the USA in Korea and Vietnam. It is itself undefeatable.”

    “Now imagine at future arms fairs and weapons expos, ex-IDF generals representing the major Israeli military firms- Elbit, Rafael, IAI, IMI, tearfully blubbering on the shoulders potential clients how they have been forced into a kite war or coerced to use disproportionate force against their mortal enemy – Palestinian children and youths throwing stones who are dubbed ‘terrorists’ by the Injustice Minister Aylet Shaked.

    “Palestinian children, even as young as 5, are imprisoned, maimed or executed for throwing stones at the most ‘moral’ army in the Middle East.

    “Palestinians don’t have an air force, army or navy, and thus they don’t attend weapons expos. They depend on Mother Palestine to arm them with her flesh of stones against Goliath Israel.

    “Ironically, the fable of David defeating Goliath with a slingshot and stone is revered by Israeli Jews. They even named an archeological site in Al Quds after the non-existent David, but then all of Israel’s claims to Palestine are fake based on myth.

    “Israeli Emeritus Professor of History at Tel Aviv University, Shlomo Sand affirms there is no archeological evidence that there was an Exodus from Egypt to Zion, nor a shred of evidence that the kingdoms of David and Solomon existed, and furthermore there’s no evidence of a First Temple plus ‘the Land of Israel of biblical texts did not include Jerusalem, Hebron, Bethlehem, or their surrounding areas, but rather only Samaria and a number of adjacent areas—in other words, the land of the northern kingdom of Israel. Because a united kingdom encompassing both ancient Judea and Israel never existed, a unifying Hebrew name for such a territory never emerged.’

    “To protect the myth of the most ‘moral’ army from the exposure of its daily perpetration of genocide, a draft version of a Knesset bill criminalising the filming or photographing Israeli soldiers on genocidal duty has been passed. How dare social and mainstream media humiliate Israel’s military bullies and killers! Humiliation is our segue to –

    “The Slap
    Although Israeli military operators are covered with the maximum advanced protective gear to prevail against the toughest physical challenges, they are unable to withstand a slap, (boo hoo, boo hoo) from a slight,16 year old Palestinian girl. Rather than play down this embarrassment, the Jewish state burst into a hysteria of tears charging the teenage Ahed Tamimi as a ‘danger to public security’ which in turn triggered hundreds of protests around the world instantly turning Ahed into an icon of Palestinian resistance.”

    • MHughes976
      July 2, 2018, 12:45 pm

      I’m not sure I’d use the term ‘crybaby’ for a storming, killing regional superpower violent in word and deed, never seriously called to account. The fickle conscience of the West forgets atrocities pretty quickly.

  8. CitizenC
    July 2, 2018, 1:16 pm

    Jewish Orthodoxy is inherently hostile to women….

    And hatred of women is built into Jewish Orthodoxy. Women are considered property. Marriage is a purchase of a woman by a man from her previous owner, her father, who according to Jewish law may sell her into slavery if he so wishes.

    No doubt, and that has not stopped “Jewish feminists” from extolling “strong women of Jewish tradition.” These “feminists” infuriated the late Israel Shahak, who had in mind a book exposing their hypocrisy, their mistranslation and obfuscation of traditional texts, etc. But like Edward Said he was taken long before his time.

  9. Keith
    July 2, 2018, 4:18 pm

    YOSSI GURVITZ- “In the last few years, Israel suffered from a plague of exclusion of women. Actions that were once taken for granted, like women singing in public, became controversial.”

    Do American Jews understand or want to understand that Zionism is a throwback to medieval Judaism in secular form? Bigoted kinship? A quote and a link.

    “In the last week, there have been two incidents of women relenting to pressure from airlines to give up their seats to accommodate Orthodox Jewish bigots who refused to be seated next to them. This should be as unacceptable as Klansmen asking blacks to change seats.

    And let us stress that the ugliest feature of these events was that each airline, the first El Al, the second, Austrian Airlines, enabled the Orthodox Jews (specifically, Haredi) in their illegal demands. As we’ll explain, the airlines had the ability under the terms of their legal agreements (their passenger contracts of carriage) to do the the right thing, which was to insist that the bigots sit in their assigned seats or leave the plane, and if they didn’t, to have them hauled off by airport security guards.” (Yves Smith) https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2018/07/women-and-men-of-the-world-unite-how-to-stand-up-to-extremist-orthodox-jews-who-demand-you-give-up-your-airline-seat.html

  10. echinococcus
    July 2, 2018, 5:26 pm

    Speaking of feminism

    Just received this. I can’t imagine how we missed it. It sure deserves space more than a lot of other posts.

    “Dear friend,

    On July 3rd, the women of Gaza will be marching for their rights against Israeli violence and oppression. They are asking for women’s groups and everyone to take solidarity actions in support. Since many supporters may not be able to organize an event, we’ve created a downloadable flyer that you can print out and post in your home or car window and distribute widely — perhaps at today’s events!

    Please go to our blog post about this, where you can download the flyer.”

    https://israelpalestinenews.org/gaza-women-are-calling-for-solidarity-july-3rd-here-is-a-downloadable-flyer-to-use/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=200b098b-60dc-44fc-9494-45f28ab23213

  11. Jane Porter
    July 2, 2018, 6:26 pm

    “Cry Baby Israel,” by Vacy Vlanza, Counterpunch, June 27/18
    Thank you, Misterioso for this article, It’s brilliant

  12. Keith
    July 2, 2018, 6:39 pm

    YOSSI GURVITZ- “This takes us back to the 18th century, when Jews were finally allowed out of the ghetto – often, a self-imposed one. Europe’s Jewry underwent a great and shocking awakening. Great number of Jews found out that, when it comes to it, Judaism had nothing left to offer them; they went to other places, and often fertilized them.”

    This statement is consistent with the analysis of both Israeli radical dissident Israel Shahak and American Zionist theologian Jacob Neusner.

    YOSSI GURVITZ- “Haskala gave birth to Zionism.”

    Curious phraseology. Zionism was/is a retrograde reaction to the Haskala, an attempt to recreate the conditions of Jewish tribal unity based upon the secular ideology of blood and soil nationalism laced with Judaic symbolism and biblical rationalizations. “Gave birth” implies that Zionism flows from the Haskala not that it is an attempt to undo the Haskala and assimilation. Why else claim that “assimilation is a holocaust”?

    YOSSI GURVITZ- ” For 70 years, since the founding of the state, after incessant speeches about a “Jewish state”, the Zionist failed in finding a positive meaning to the word “Jewish.”

    Israeli Zionists perhaps, however, American Jewish Zionists have incorporated Zionism into their Judaism, substituting a form of sacralized secularism for strictly religious mythology. The Holocaust represents death and hopelessness, Israel represents redemption and Jewish power. Not Judaic power, but Jewish power based upon Jewish kinship.

    YOSSI GURVITZ- “The Zionist and the Orthodox arcs are destined to merge, and Zionism will be swallowed by Orthodoxy.”

    In Israel perhaps, however, in the US, Judaism has already been Zionized.

    Interesting article with much to discuss.

  13. Brewer
    July 3, 2018, 6:37 am

    “something I called a veritable plague. I saw my friends’ children either marrying or in life partnership with Maori partners, with the parents beating their chests and asking questions and agonizing, and listen, this touches every family in the NZ. We’re talking about millions (well maybe thousands in Kiwiville) of people. I said there must be a campaign, there must be a solution, we must break our heads and find a way to solve this great challenge.”

    Nup.
    Doesn’t work where I come from.
    My parents might have had reservations but they didn’t beat their heads. They didn’t live to see their great-grandchildren with latitude-perfect skin, chocolate and electric-grey eyes that shine like quicksilver and brains that glisten to match but they had long abandoned whatever vestige of racism inherited from their colonial forbears by the time they passed.
    Israel has a long road to post-colonialism.

    All the talk. All the negotiations. All the dirty back-room deals. None even mention the problem.
    But we all know what it is don’t we?

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