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In detaining Peter Beinart, Israel has declared it no longer represents millions of Jews overseas

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There are few places in Israel where its apartheid character is more conspicuous than the imposing international airport just outside Tel Aviv, named after the country’s founding father, David Ben Gurion.

Most planes landing in Israel have to circle over the West Bank before making their descent. Below, more than two million Palestinians living under cruel Israeli occupation are barred from using the airport. Instead, they depend on capricious decisions from military officers on whether they will be allowed to cross a land border into Jordan.

They are comparatively better off than nearly two million more Palestinians in besieged Gaza, who are denied even that minimal freedom.

Meanwhile, a similar number of Palestinians living ostensibly as citizens inside Israel have to run a gauntlet of racial profiling checks before they can board a flight.

Armed security guards at the perimeter entrance listen for Hebrew spoken with an Arab accent. Passports are branded with barcodes that can entail humiliating interrogations, delays, strip searches and security escorts on to planes.

Security alone could never have justified the arbitrary and sweeping nature of these decades-old practices against Israel’s largely quiescent Palestinian minority.

Racial profiling at the airport was always chiefly about controlling and intimidating Palestinians, collecting information on them and ghettoising them. Palestinians struggled to get out, while Arabs and Muslims struggled to get in.

But these efforts to “lock in” Palestinians have become all but futile in recent years as globalisation has shrunk the world. Prevent a Palestinian attending a conference in New York or Paris and they will deliver their talk via Skype instead.

But the controls long endured by Palestinians and Arabs are now being turned more agressively against other kinds of supporters. With escalating criticism worldwide and the rapid growth of an international boycott movement, the circle of people Israel wishes to “lock out” is growing rapidly.

For foreigners, Ben Gurion airport is the gateway not only to Israel but to the occupied territories. It is the main way they can witness firsthand the appalling conditions Israel has imposed on many millions of Palestinians.

There is an ever-growing list of academics, lawyers, human rights groups, opponents of the occupation and boycott supporters detained by Israel on arrival and subjected to questioning about their political views. Afterwards they are denied entry or required to keep out of the occupied territories.

In an ever more interconnected world, Israel can identify those it wants to exclude simply by scouring Twitter or Facebook.

The problem for Israel is that increasingly those most critical of it include Jews.

That should be no surprise. If Israel argues that it represents Jews everywhere, some may feel they have a right to speak out in protest. Recent polls suggest that an ideological gulf is opening up between Israel and many of the Jews overseas it claims to speak for.

The latest victim of Israel’s political profiling is Peter Beinart, a prominent American-Jewish commentator. He regularly appears on CNN, contributes to prestigious US publications and is a columnist for the Jewish weekly Forward.

Last week Beinart revealed that he had been detained on landing at Ben Gurion, separated from his wife and children and “interrogated about my political activities” for an hour. After repeated assurances that he was simply attending a family bat mitzvah, officials allowed him in.

Beinart is no Noam Chomsky or Norman Finkelstein, dissident Jewish thinkers who have harshly criticised Israel’s policies – and been denied entry as a result.

His views echo those of many liberal American Jews no longer willing to turn a blind eye to Israel’s systematic abuses of Palestinians. In detaining him, Israel effectively declared that it no longer represents millions of Jews overseas. It made clear that the core message of Zionism – that Israel was created as a sanctuary for all Jews – is no longer true.

The right-wing government of prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants fealty from Jews overseas – public support, donations, lobbying on domestic governments – but not their opinions.

Further, Netanyahu’s Israel wants Jewry divided, with Israel determining which Jews are considered good and which bad. The measure of their virtue is no longer their support for a Jewish state but blind allegiance to the occupation and a Greater Israel lording it over Palestinians.

That divide is increasingly apparent inside Israel too, with growing numbers of dissident Israeli Jews reporting that they have been pulled aside for questioning on landing at Ben Gurion. They are being explicitly warned off political activism, in a setting intended to imply that their continued citizenship should not be taken for granted.

After an outcry over Beinart’s detention, Netanyahu made a formulaic apology, calling his treatment an “administrative error”.

Few believe him. Israel’s liberal daily Haaretz called it the latest “systematic error”. The paper argued that in the “best tradition of benighted regimes”, Israel had drawn up “blacklists to silence criticism and to intimidate those who don’t toe the line”.

Certainly, the current questioning and bullying – not as passengers prepare to board a flight but as they arrive in Israel – has little to do with security, any more than it does when Palestinians and other Arabs are abused at the airport.

Rather, Netanyahu wants to send a loud message to progressive Jews in Israel and abroad: “You are no longer automatically considered part of the Zionist project. We will judge whether you are friend or foe.”

That is intended to have a chilling effect on progressive Jews and send the message that, if they want to visit family in Israel or attend a wedding, funeral or a bar mitzvah, they should stay loyal or keep quiet. From now on, they must understand that they are being monitored on social media.

These are just the opening salvos in the Israeli right’s war against Jewish dissent. It is a slope liberal Jews will find gets ever more slippery.

A version of this article first appeared in the National, Abu Dhabi.

Jonathan Cook
About Jonathan Cook

Jonathan Cook won the Martha Gellhorn Special Prize for Journalism. His latest books are “Israel and the Clash of Civilisations: Iraq, Iran and the Plan to Remake the Middle East” (Pluto Press) and “Disappearing Palestine: Israel’s Experiments in Human Despair” (Zed Books). His new website is jonathan-cook.net.

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  1. Mooser
    Mooser
    August 20, 2018, 4:43 pm

    “You are no longer automatically considered part of the Zionist project. We will judge whether you are friend or foe.”

    I don’t think we need to be afraid of the ‘judgements’. I’m sure a schedule of usual and customary ‘fees’ to ‘expedite the investigation’ will be established. So as not to miss the wedding or Bar Mitzvah.

  2. American Perspective
    American Perspective
    August 20, 2018, 8:01 pm

    Once again, Mondoweiss strikes its readers with the blatantly obvious.

    When has the State of Israel ever claimed to “represent millions Jews overseas”? All y’all keep confusing the anti-Zionist conception of what Israel is (and claims to be) with reality.

    Yes, at the margins of Israeli politics, there is some rhetoric about it being the state of all Jews. Although far less than the rhetoric in domestic Lebanese, Greek, Arab nationalist or Cypriot politics about ethnic identity – just to name a few of her neighbors. Just as there is rhetoric in American politics about “Liberty” and “Justice” and about “Freedom as the future of all nations and the yerusha of all mankind”, as George W. Bush and the neocons liked to say.

    It speaks volumes that it took until 2018 for the Mondoweiss swamp creatures to realize that the Israeli state is not some American klezmer hoedown, but a state which looks after its own interests and – marginal rhetoric aside – couldn’t give a flying fig about what people overseas, regardless of their identity, think about her.

    You see of delusion in the context of British antisemitism, which Captain Underpants wrote about. British Leftists think that the antisemitism issue was ginned up in Tel Aviv and that the Israeli government cares about and is gunning for the crackpot leader of the opposition.

    Being reality-based is not just sensible, it also would help you accomplish your far-right Arab nationalist goals more effectively! Imagine if the BDS movement had not spent the past decade promoting antisemitism in the United States on some delusional belief that doing so would change Israeli policy. Imagine if the British Left tackled racism in the Labour Party instead of fantasizing about some Zio plot. And imagine if the State of Palestine and its supporters actually studied their Israeli enemy in order to fight it better, instead of obsessing with what elderly Ashkenazi Socialists living in their dads’ apartments in Coney Island think.

    • annie
      annie
      August 20, 2018, 9:15 pm

      British Leftists think.. the antisemitism issue was ginned up in Tel Aviv and..the Israeli government … is gunning for the crackpot leader of the opposition.

      you don’t say. that wouldn’t have anything to do w/that israeli spy working out of the israeli embassy outed by the AJ investigation who was caught on tape trying to take down UK politicians now would it?

    • johneill
      johneill
      August 20, 2018, 10:10 pm

      i didn’t know self-determination in the world’s only jewish state hinged on ideological purity, thanks for clarifying.

    • Talkback
      Talkback
      August 21, 2018, 6:57 am

      American Perspective: “Imagine if the BDS movement had not spent the past decade promoting antisemitism in the United States …”

      Imagine this would be your first claim you could prove to be not imaginative. ROFL.

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      August 21, 2018, 10:51 am

      @American Perspective

      More blather from Hasbara Central.

      BTW, there is no such thing as the “State of Israel.” The Zionist entity in historic Palestine (which came about as a result of the expulsion, dispossession, oppression and occupation of the indigenous Arab Palestinians who including their ancestors, have lived between the River and the Sea for about 15,000 years) has yet to officially declare its borders and have them agreed to as such by the international community.

  3. echinococcus
    echinococcus
    August 20, 2018, 11:34 pm

    It’s a bit awkward to start unmasking the pretend-Jewish state only now, only after several Zionist dignitaries and now a Zionist leader have been harassed.

    The Jewish state character is null and void at the moment any, look up the word any, “Jew” meeting the official criteria is rejected. As the group that identifies itself as Jewish is the most powerful in Western ID politics, the fact that it hasn’t even said boo, already with the first occurrence, indicates the depth of kneejerk support to the Zionist entity.

    It’s an inner-tribal fight, not any of the business of us all that oppose the admittance of a single immigrant without general Palestinian approval. It’s the business of those who continue calling themselves Jewish, and the wishy-washiness of the response doesn’t inspire much confidence in the tribal “non”-Zionists.

  4. RoHa
    RoHa
    August 21, 2018, 12:50 am

    “It made clear that the core message of Zionism – that Israel was created as a sanctuary for all Jews – is no longer true.”

    I was given to understand that this was a tacked-on afterthought, not the core message.

    • August 21, 2018, 8:25 am

      The core message in the creation of the Jewish state is the one articulated by Ze’ev Jabotinsky. He didn’t care a fig for any “Jewish values” or such tommyrot.

      He was not religious. Revisionist Zionism was a colonial project pure and simple. It was foisted on the Palestinians by the perfidious British. It became a massive ponzi scheme as a result of the Hitler and WW2 (I avoid the H-word). Since the 1967 war it has been basically a social bordello where “kept” people can be paid to go there to live, have nice houses on land stolen from the natives with impuonity, and have a lot of their day-to-day needs taken care of American taxpayers. It is a wonder that it has taken so long for American and other diaspora Jews to wake up to the scheme.

      • wondering jew
        wondering jew
        August 22, 2018, 6:44 am

        Islander- never met you before in my life. Though the word Jew defines many different groups at many different periods of time, here from the perspective of 2018 the distance from 1939 to 1945 is close enough that your dismissal seems historically hollow. Yes, there are elements of colonialism in the dispossession of the Palestinians. NO, this is not pure and simple. Yes, as far as the suffering of the Palestinians a deep rather than a shallow understanding of Jewish history might be irrelevant. but still deep rather than shallow shows seriousness rather than frivolity and your rhetoric lacks seriousness, it only has your passion, which is great and indeed something needs to be done to ameliorate the harm, so your issue choice is not frivolous, but a serious person would deal with jewish history with seriousness, not like your shtick.

      • wondering jew
        wondering jew
        August 22, 2018, 7:00 am

        roha- A group of seismologists escaped pompei for some destination a year and three months before vesuvius erupted (imaginary thought). reading this historical novel today we would not say the volcano was an afterthought, we’d say, at the very least: what an amazing coincidence. so at least attribute an amazing coincidence to the cataclysm of 39 to 45 and the zionist movement. no one who is building a new nation and is attracting the young with the thought of a new jew, no longer a jew but a hebrew, no their essence is not as a refuge, but to create something new. but an earthquake was happening, one out of every 3 russian jews was moving out of the czar’s domain, that was not an afterthought, that was an earthquake. no one predicted the cataclysm, but it came. that’s not an afterthought that’s a process, a historical turmoil, that led to thoughts of something new and the turmoil turned out to climax rather dramatically and your attempt to denigrate the climax and ignore the process is superficial.

        “refugee sanctuary” is besides the point, the point is the turmoil, which was not an afterthought and in fact history wrote itself in this direction and no, it is not enough within itself to withstand the need to adjust itself to the realities of the human cost imposed on the palestinians, but your denigration of the movement is obfuscation, not an attempt to clarify but to distort because of your animus towards small nations or religion or some other sort of animus.

      • annie
        annie
        August 22, 2018, 10:07 am

        that was not an afterthought, that was an earthquake. no one predicted the cataclysm, but it came. that’s not an afterthought that’s a process, a historical turmoil, that led to thoughts of something new and the turmoil turned out to climax rather dramatically and your attempt to denigrate the climax and ignore the process is superficial.

        yonah, your pompei/vesuvius eruption “imaginary thought”, are you making an analogy between a volocanic eruption, a natural phenomena, and the “cataclysm of 39 to 45 and the zionist movement”? as if there’s a somehow natural inevitability or quality about both events or something? i’m not quite following your thought process here.

        the point is the turmoil, which was not an afterthought and in fact history wrote itself in this direction and no, it is not enough within itself to withstand the need to adjust itself to the realities of the human cost imposed on the palestinians

        that last bolded part, what does it mean? did history also write itself in the direction of the holocaust? you would not say history is “not enough within itself to withstand the need to adjust itself to the realities of the human cost imposed on” the jews would you? what does it mean “to withstand the need to adjust itself to the realities of the human cost imposed”?

        i’m totally lost by your meaning here. i don’t think the zionist movement was a result of some unavoidable catalytic natural event like a volcano that can’t withstand an adjustment given the human costs. while you can’t reverse the results of an ice age, a volcano, a tsunami, or any natural catalyst, a political movement can be adjusted based on realities of the human cost.

      • eljay
        eljay
        August 22, 2018, 7:39 am

        || wondering jew: A group of seismologists escaped pompei for some destination a year and three months before vesuvius erupted (imaginary thought). reading this historical novel today we would not say the volcano was an afterthought, we’d say, at the very least: what an amazing coincidence. so at least attribute an amazing coincidence to the cataclysm of 39 to 45 and the zionist movement. … ||

        You seem to be saying that any plan – no matter how unjust and immoral – is acceptable as long as some “Pearl Harbor” incident comes along to justify it (e.g., “Jewish State” supremacism in Palestine and WWII; neo-Cons re-shaping the M.E. and 9/11). Huh.

        Well, at least you won’t pretend to be either surprised or outraged when some “Pearl Harbor” incident finally justifies blowback against Zionism.

        Just kidding! Thanks to your Zionist belief that Jews are entitled to do unto others acts of injustice and immorality they would not have others do unto them, you won’t waste any time screaming anti-Semitism and “Jew hatred” and demanding the justice, accountability and equality you refuse to give to your victims in geographic Palestine.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        August 22, 2018, 2:51 pm

        “a serious person would deal with jewish history with seriousness”

        “Yonah” is a very serious person. He’s one of the serious people.

      • wondering jew
        wondering jew
        August 22, 2018, 8:39 pm

        Whereas the eruption of a volcano is a determined event involving no human free choice, the events of 39 to 45 are attributed to human choices and history is viewed as an aggregation of human acts rather than a seismological event which is assumedly determined by the laws of pressure and of course the laws of probability as well.

        To view zionism properly you should view it within the context of the last days of the czar and the last days of pre World War II europe. “the refugee sanctuary” construct is an obfuscation rather than a clarification.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        August 22, 2018, 9:21 pm

        Yonah, I don’t spend my days reading Herzl and Co., so I get my ideas of what they said from second-hand (at best) sources. And those ideas are that H and chums were saying that, if Jews had their own country and actually worked for a living, they would become normal people.

        Now I’m sure that someone who takes Jewish History seriously would be able to correct both Nathan and myself, and demonstrate (with appropriate quotations) that the “sanctuary for all Jews” was in there from the start.

        My animus against absolutely everyone and everything has not closed my mind so completely that I am unable to learn.

    • wondering jew
      wondering jew
      August 23, 2018, 4:32 am

      Roha- I come from common Jews, my grandparents were not of the conceivers of Zionism, they were of the masses for whom Zionism was invented.

      There were literally millions of Jews who fled the Czarist repression and ended up mostly in America, but also in other western destinations. There were tens of thousands who instead headed towards Palestine. The difference was not because some had the Palestinians in their heart and therefore headed to America and the others were racists and therefore headed to uproot the Palestinians. The difference was in a conception of the Jewish future: The Zionists were determined to grab history by the horns and say, this far and no further. we need our independence. travelling the globe is old school: new school, this time we move to our own country.

      I admire this attitude and at the same time understand why those who headed to nonindependent situations outnumbered these pioneers by some 20 (or more) to 1.

      And of course the situation of this “own country” did in fact end up uprooting the Palestinians and the independence was of depending on largesse and military geopolitical alliances that make this independence of questionable quality. these are major flaws.

      • eljay
        eljay
        August 23, 2018, 8:20 am

        || wondering jew: … The difference was in a conception of the Jewish future: The Zionists were determined to grab history by the horns and say, this far and no further. we need our independence. travelling the globe is old school: new school, this time we move to our own country. … ||

        And seeing as how no “our own country” existed to which foreigners who chose to identify as Jewish could move, Zionists were determined that the “Jewish future” should consist of deliberate theft, military occupation, ethnic cleansing, colonialism, sundry (war) crimes and supremacism. Huh.

        || … these are major flaws. ||

        No kidding. And yet most people who choose to identify as Jewish continue to advocate, support, justify and defend this highly-flawed “Jewish future”.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        August 23, 2018, 9:15 pm

        So you can’t show, by means of quotes from primary sources, that the “sanctuary for Jews” idea was a core idea of Zionism?

  5. MHughes976
    MHughes976
    August 21, 2018, 5:59 am

    The Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry has a statement called ‘Israel among the Nations: World Jewry’ which claims that Israel expresses a general Jewish aspiration, that Jews all round the world support Israel in many ways which do not necessarily involve moving there, that Israel is constantly strengthening its bond with them and helping to protect them against anti-Semitism. It would be thoroughly consistent with this policy to participate in such things as the campaign against Corbyn. There is a fairly clear implication that ‘Jewish’ opponents of really existing Israel are not authentically Jewish. Beinart should not have been surprised or disappointed.

    • Maghlawatan
      Maghlawatan
      August 22, 2018, 9:51 pm

      Zionism claims to speak for all Jews. It has appropriated leadership of the community. Assholes tend to do that.
      Now the Zionist scheme is out in the open. Naked apartheid. Jews in the US and Europe don’t like apartheid and some like Beinart will object so they have to be dealt with. Israelis are more messianic or more browbeaten and will not resist.
      This is really about the Orthodox. Beinart stands up for Orthodox values. Zionism now is about Orthodox power.

  6. Nathan
    Nathan
    August 21, 2018, 7:07 am

    Jonathan Cook tells us that the “core message of Zionism” is “that Israel was created as a sanctuary for all Jews…” I would recommend to him to take the trouble to read the Declaration of Independence from May 1948. This text mentions the Holocaust, but obviously the issue of sanctuary is not the “core message”. The state of Israel was founded as the fulfillment of the ancient dreams of the Jews (“….the realization of the age-old dream for the redemption of Israel”).

    Obviously, anti-Israel activists reject the founding narrative of Israel, but it’s quite a mystery why they are totally incapable of presenting the story of Israel as it is told in her own perspective. It really shouldn’t be a difficult task for a college graduate, but apparently the anti-Israel obsessiveness has an anti-intellectual tendency.

    • eljay
      eljay
      August 21, 2018, 8:50 am

      || Nathan: Jonathan Cook tells us that the “core message of Zionism” is “that Israel was created as a sanctuary for all Jews…” … ||

      The core message of Zionism – one that Zionists advocate, justify and defend every day – is that the religion-based identity of Jewish grants to those who choose to hold it the right:
      – to a religion-supremacist “Jewish State” in as much as possible of geographic Palestine; and
      – to do unto others acts of injustice and immorality they would not have others do unto them.

      Zionists make it very clear that Zionism had, has and will have nothing to do with the universal and consistent application of justice, accountability and equality.

      • Nathan
        Nathan
        August 21, 2018, 11:10 am

        eljay – You, too, are completely incapable of seeing anything through the eyes of others. Your message is clear, and you repeat it literally everyday. Surely you should be able to understand that those people whom you despise so much don’t share with you your view of them. They really see things quite differently. They believe that the founding of Israel is the fulfillment of the dreams of Jews for many centuries. They believe that the Jews are an exiled people that has return home. Now, obviously, you see things differently, which is your right. But if you really think that you have describe accurately the “core message” of those who founded Israel by putting in their mouths your view, then obviously you have some sort of intellectual handicap that you share with many of the anti-Israel crowd. When you argue with people about other topics of interest, do you continue to assume that they see things just like you, or do you somehow catch on to the fact that (if they are debating with you) they probably have a different view than yours?

      • eljay
        eljay
        August 21, 2018, 12:43 pm

        || Nathan: eljay – You, too, are completely incapable of seeing anything through the eyes of others. … ||

        No, I’m capable of understanding why Jewish supremacists desire to be supremacists. I just don’t agree that there exists a right to be a supremacist of any kind. (You might agree with me for the most part but – like all hypocrite Zionists – you’ll make an exception for your preferred brand of supremacism.)

        || … Your message is clear, and you repeat it literally everyday. … ||

        The message of all Zionists is clear and they repeat it every day. No reason I shouldn’t be allowed to repeat my message every day.

        || … Surely you should be able to understand that those people whom you despise so much don’t share with you your view of them. … ||

        I do understand that supremacists and rapists and other hateful and immoral people don’t share my view of them.

        || … They really see things quite differently. … ||

        No shit, Sherlock.

        || … They believe that the founding of Israel is the fulfillment of the dreams of Jews for many centuries. They believe that the Jews are an exiled people that has return home. … ||

        That’s lovely and they have every right to believe whatever fantasies they wish to believe. Those beliefs do not entitle them to do evil unto others.

        || … But if you really think that you have describe accurately the “core message” of those who founded Israel … ||

        Zionism:

        … Its general definition means the national movement for the return of the Jewish people to their homeland and the resumption of Jewish sovereignty in the Land of Israel. …

        Jewish supremacism in/and a religion-supremacist “Jewish State” in as much as possible of Palestine*: Yup, I have described accurately the core message of Zionists.

        (*With, of course, whatever acts of injustice and immorality are required to fulfill the “dream” – acts which Zionists would not have others do unto them.)

        || … When you argue with people about other topics of interest, do you continue to assume that they see things just like you, or do you somehow catch on to the fact that (if they are debating with you) they probably have a different view than yours? ||

        I’m well aware that people have points of view different from mine. I don’t know how you manage to agree with every person who supports hatred and injustice but I see no reason why I should have to accept every point of view no matter how wrong or, in the case of Zionism, hateful and immoral.

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      August 21, 2018, 11:10 am

      @Nathan

      “The state of Israel was founded as the fulfillment of the ancient dreams of the Jews (“….the realization of the age-old dream for the redemption of Israel”).”

      Bull crap!!
      The “state [sic] of Israel” was founded on the basis of the dispossession and expulsion of Palestine’s indigenous Arab inhabitants.

      To wit:
      Theodor Herzl’s diaries not only confirm that his objective was the establishment of a “Jewish state” in Palestine, but that it would be an expansionist state. In the year of his death, 1904, he described its borders as being “…in the north the mountains facing Cappadocia [Turkey], in the south, the Suez Canal [Egypt] in the east, the Euphrates [Iraq].” (Theodor Herzl, The Complete Diaries, 11 p. 711)

      Even more revealing as to how Herzl intended to deal with Palestinians is the “Charter for Zionist Colonization of Palestine and Syria” which he drafted sometime between the summer of 1901 and early 1902. Much to his disappointment, however, he was denied the opportunity to present it to the Ottoman Sultanate. Article Vl of the charter called for Istanbul to grant the Zionists, in the form of the Jewish-Ottoman Land Company (JOLC), “complete autonomy, guaranteed by the Ottoman Empire” while Article III gave them in effect, the right to deport the native population to other areas of the empire. Article 111 “[pertained] to the Palestinian and other Arab owners and inhabitants of the three categories of land to be purchased/owned by the JOLC – the large and small private landholdings, the Sultan’s state domain, and the land for which there is no title.”

      Israel Zangwill, the influential Anglo-Jewish essayist and Zionist first believed that the Palestinians would simply “fold their tents and slip away.” It was Zangwill who first voiced the lie that Palestine was a “land without a people, waiting for a people without a land.” (Zangwill, Israel, “The Return to Palestine”, New Liberal Review 11, Dec. 1901 p 627, quoted by David Hirst, The Gun and the Olive Branch, p. 19)

      In 1905, Zangwill contradicted himself during a talk in Manchester when he observed that Palestine was “already twice as thickly populated as the United States…. [W]e must be prepared to either drive out by the sword the [Arab] tribes in possession as our forefathers did or to grapple with the problem of a large alien population….” (Zangwill, Speeches, p. 210, quoted by Nur Masalah , Expulsion of the Palestinians…., 1992, p. 10)

      In the February 1919 issue of the League of Nations Journal, Zangwill proposed that the Palestinians “should be gradually transplanted” in Arab countries and at a public meeting in the same year he remarked that “many [Palestinians] are semi-nomad, they have given nothing to Palestine and are not entitled to the rules of democracy.” (Jewish Chronicle, Dec. 12 1919, quoted by Nur Masalha, Expulsion…, p.14)

      In 1920, Zangwill proposed in The Voice of Jerusalem, that there should be an “‘Arab exodus’…based on ‘race redistribution’ or a ‘trek like that of the Boers from Cape Colony,’ which he advocated as ‘literally the only way out of the difficulty of creating a Jewish State in Palestine.’” He continued: “We cannot allow the Arabs to block so valuable a piece of historic reconstruction….To fold their tents and silently steal away is their proverbial habit: let them exemplify it now.” (Zangwill, The Voice of Jerusalem, p. 103, quoted by Masalha, EOTP pp. 13- 14)

      Other Zionist leaders saw the future Jewish state in Palestine not only free of Arabs, but the first step towards the creation of a much larger country. In 1918, Ben-Gurion described the future borders of the Jewish state as: “to the north, the Litani River; to the northeast, the Wadi’Owja, twenty miles south of Damascus; the southern border will be mobile and pushed into the Sinai at least up to Wadi al-`Arish; and to the east, the Syrian Desert, including the furthest edge of Transjordan.” (Teveth, Ben-Gurion and the Palestinian Arabs, pp. 34-34; cited by Masalah, Expulsion…, p. 87)

      In 1930 (when Jews privately owned only about four per cent of Palestine), Arthur Ruppin, a pivotal figure in political Zionism wrote that displacement of Arab farmers was inevitable because “land is the most necessary thing for our establishing roots in Palestine. Since there are hardly any more arable unsettled lands in Palestine, we are bound in each case of the purchase of land and its settlement to remove the peasants who cultivated the land so far, both owners of the land and tenants.” (Rashid Khalidi, in Blaming the Victims)

      • Nathan
        Nathan
        August 21, 2018, 12:17 pm

        Misterioso – You didn’t really read the book by Zangwill or by Teveth, did you? You didn’t read anything that Arthur Rupin wrote either. As you so honestly state, you read Nur Masalha and Rashid Khalidi. Here’s a chance for you to read a primary source. Look up the Declaration of Independence of May 14, 1948 – and read for yourself the logic and the reasoning for founding the State of Israel as expressed by the those who actually founded the state. You will find out that you can understand their ideology (and you don’t have to agree with them) without its having to be processed for you by an anti-Israel author. You should be able to maintain your anti-Israel outlook without the guidance of a “go-between”. Just read the declaration and judge for yourself if those who actually founded the State of Israel have stated their “core message”. Is their message “a place of refuge for all the Jews” as Jonathan Cook argued, or is their message “the Jews dreamt and prayed in every generation to return to their ancient homeland”? Good luck.

      • echinococcus
        echinococcus
        August 21, 2018, 1:49 pm

        Misterioso,

        @Nathan : “The state of Israel was founded as the fulfillment of the ancient dreams of the Jews (“….the realization of the age-old dream for the redemption of Israel”).”

        Bull crap!!
        The “state [sic] of Israel” was founded on the basis of the dispossession and expulsion of Palestine’s indigenous Arab inhabitants.

        Why call ‘bullcrap”?
        Both your statement and his are true.
        The theft of Palestine and the genocide of the Palestinians is “the age-old dream for the redemption of Israel” by Jews beset by Zionist mythonationalism.

        That’s why Zionism should have been nipped in the bud right away on its first appearance.
        That’s why its state must be destroyed and undone.

        Now that Nathan, again, is best at destroying the Zionists’ own propaganda.
        The main argument for tolerating the Azrael abomination is that of “a haven from the WWII genocide”.

        Well done, Nathan! You confirm that even that lame excuse for your genocidal operation is pure nonsense.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        August 22, 2018, 2:01 am

        “the right to deport the native population to other areas of the empire.”
        “[W]e must be prepared to either drive out by the sword the [Arab] tribes in possession ”
        “the Palestinians ‘should be gradually transplanted’ ”
        “to the north, the Litani River; to the northeast, the Wadi’Owja, twenty miles south of Damascus; the southern border will be mobile and pushed into the Sinai at least up to Wadi al-`Arish; and to the east, the Syrian Desert, including the furthest edge of Transjordan.”
        “we are bound in each case of the purchase of land and its settlement to remove the peasants who cultivated the land so far, both owners of the land and tenants.”

        And yet, for some reason, (anti-Semitism, most likely) the Palestinians did not welcome the Zionists with open arms!

    • Keith
      Keith
      August 21, 2018, 4:30 pm

      NATHAN- “The state of Israel was founded as the fulfillment of the ancient dreams of the Jews ….”

      The Jews? Initially, only a small number of Jews wished to settle in Palestine. Even during the 1930s, the vast majority of Jews immigrated to the West rather than to Palestine, a situation which persisted even after the end of World War II when the Zionists were forced to send agents into the camps to forcibly recruit Jews to go to Israel. Israel only became popular with a majority of American Jews some time after the 1967 war and the Zionist emphasis on the Holocaust. Zionism and Israel are now popular with American Jews because they are a key factor in Jewish success and power. And Israel is seen as redemption for the Holocaust. All of this is relatively recent and doesn’t factor in to early Zionist plans which, in essence, was a retreat from the enlightenment and liberalism into a modernized version of Classical (medieval) Judaism combined with Blood and Soil nationalism.

      • Nathan
        Nathan
        August 21, 2018, 9:01 pm

        Keith – So, do you prefer to state that the State of Israel was founded as the fulfillment of the ancient dreams of only a small number of Jews? Okay, that would be fine as well. It still means that the State of Israel was, indeed, founded as the fulfillment of the ancient dreams of the Jews (who actually founded the state).

        I don’t really understand why you feel that the attitudes or the perspectives of American Jews are a relevant issue. It’s nice to hear that twenty years after the founding of the state the American Jews took an interest in Israel. The question is still what was the “core message” of founding the state. Jonathan Cook says that the core message was having a sanctuary for the Jews. I think that he’s wrong. Those who founded the state in 1948 gave their point of view in the Declaration of Independence: “the realization of the age-all dream…”

      • annie
        annie
        August 21, 2018, 11:44 pm

        ancient dreams? uh huh

      • DaBakr
        DaBakr
        August 22, 2018, 12:46 am

        And the Palestinians will eventually have their own specious ancient dreams

      • Keith
        Keith
        August 22, 2018, 10:30 am

        NATHAN- ” Jonathan Cook says that the core message was having a sanctuary for the Jews. I think that he’s wrong.”

        I fully agree that he is wrong. It is your “core message” that I disagree with.

        NATHAN- ” It still means that the State of Israel was, indeed, founded as the fulfillment of the ancient dreams of the Jews (who actually founded the state).”

        Quite a bit different than stating/implying that Israel represents some sort of fulfillment of the ancient dreams of the “Jewish people.” There was no “eternal longing” to “return” to Palestine for these European Jews. That is Zionist propaganda. The “longing” is a manufactured longing of recent origin that bears little, if any, relevance to the founding of Israel. Israel was founded primarily by European ATHEISTS, for cry sakes. The biblical imagery was specifically intended to appeal to the Christian imperial powers.

        NATHAN- ” Those who founded the state in 1948 gave their point of view in the Declaration of Independence: “the realization of the age-all dream…”

        Well, they would say that, wouldn’t they? Declarations of independence are PR justifications for the actions taken and not to be taken literally. The US Declaration of Independence, for example begins “We hold these Truths to be self evident that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness….” Does this mean that the American Founding Fathers actually intended to apply these high sounding words to the Black slaves and Native Americans? The “realization of an age-old dream” is an attempt to misrepresent Blood and Soil aggression in noble sounding biblical metaphysical imagery, nothing more.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        August 22, 2018, 1:15 pm

        ” So, do you prefer to state that the State of Israel was founded as the fulfillment of the ancient dreams of only a small number of Jews? Okay, that would be fine as well.”

        Not if the “small number” is below the number needed for a viable state, and the number and support needed to accomplish its aims.
        And since Zionism never even considered that practical problem, and couldn’t achieve either the numbers or the stability of stated borders, one might think Zionism was pretty much a fraud on the Jewish people.

    • Talkback
      Talkback
      August 22, 2018, 3:52 am

      Nathan: “Jonathan Cook tells us that the “core message of Zionism” is “that Israel was created as a sanctuary for all Jews…”

      Yep. That’s the core message to gain international support. For example:
      https://www.amazon.com/Safe-Haven-Truman-Founding-Israel/dp/0060594632

      No a single state was interested in realizing any age old dreams based on a violent and materialistic intepretation of Jewish scriptures.

      And neither today Israel is gaining support for with the core message you identify to be the real one.

      Nathan: “I would recommend to him to take the trouble to read the Declaration of Independence from May 1948.”

      Yep. When equality and minority rights in Israel were dreams, too.

    • Maghlawatan
      Maghlawatan
      August 22, 2018, 9:58 pm

      The Zionists in 1948 were doped out on power and looked down on holocaust survivors. It was only later that they realized the marketing value of 1939-45.

      They also thought that the Jewish diaspora would flock to their Altneuland and that the Palestinians would leave. WTF

      It was only later that they appropriated leadership of the Jewish community .

      Herzl thought if Jews could leave the shtetl
      they could become normal. You can take the person out of the shtetl but you cannot take the shtetl out of the collective.

  7. DaBakr
    DaBakr
    August 22, 2018, 12:45 am

    Beinhart is just an ahole media whore. He or this author may claim he represents some voice but he’s just another nobody with a platform and axe to grind. Good riddance

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      August 22, 2018, 12:34 pm

      “Good riddance”

      You bet, “DaBakr”. It’s very prescient of you to see that Beinart’s experience in Israel will totally discredit him in the eyes of American Jews.

      No one will pay any attention to him now.

      • DaBakr
        DaBakr
        August 22, 2018, 11:20 pm

        @mssr

        Your own alter ego PW has disparaged beinhart on many occasions for his refusal to denounce Zionism. Y’all may like his connections to anti-israel, anti-zionist, and actual jew hating groups he had steadfastly supported his belief in Zionism. Since very few know PB personally three is know telling wether Obama set him up with a sweet high paying gig that has latched on to the disaffected far left who, some of at least, can’t decide wether to jettison Israel as a social justice cause or throw them in the fire pit of intersectionalism and other passing fads.

        Wether he is “liked” by some, very few, or just radical Israel hating leftists had little baring on wether Israel’s decision to disallow certain high profile individuals that area not israeli citizens and vocally promote ideas and actions detrimental to the state. It is quite simple actually and you’ll note that nobody here is very surprised. In fact, you all seemed to expect the news and had the stabbing and piercing comments all ready to go.

        You MW people seem to forget that there are actual Israeli hero’s, war hero’s, literary hero’s and others who have and do criticize our nation without any risk of being detained or held at the border. Barnhart, wether he admits it or not, just like Ariel Gold knew exactly what they were doing. Playing to their base

        another amazing factor is that other then tyrants like little Hitler erdogan and the mullah regime there are very few harsh condemnations coming from traditional Arab neighbors, belligerents and enemies about Israel internal security.
        . And if Ariel Gold gets around her ban by making aliyah there will be plenty of hats eaten in israel that day.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        August 23, 2018, 6:21 pm

        “Since very few know PB personally three is know telling wether Obama set him up with a sweet high paying gig that has latched on to the disaffected far left who, some of at least, can’t decide wether to jettison Israel as a social justice cause or throw them in the fire pit of intersectionalism and other passing fads.”

        As you say, “Dabakr”, “three is know telling wether Obama set him up”. Is this mere speculation? But it would be irresponsible not to speculate!

    • Maghlawatan
      Maghlawatan
      August 22, 2018, 9:59 pm

      Beinart doesn’t agree with betting the farm on apartheid. That’s not sustainable.

  8. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    August 22, 2018, 8:05 am

    “Ancient dreams”. Didn`t Adolf and co have “Ancient dreams ” about restoration of the German Reich;
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greater_Germanic_Reich

    Birds of a feather.

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