“Anti-Zionism is an opinion, a current of thought born among European Jews at the moment when Jewish nationalism was taking off. It opposes the Zionist ideology that advocated (and still advocates) the installation of the world’s Jews in Palestine, today Israel,” the French intellectuals’ letter to President Macron reads. I see that a number of the signatories are prominent Jews.
Hasbara Central and the Israel apologists in the USA and elsewhere in the West have a problem with those who oppose of Zionism; or who simply oppose attempts to censor, intimidate or muzzle criticism of Zionism and of Israel; who are also Jews. Goyim like I who, in the course of our own criticisms of the Zionist ideology, of Israeli policy or of Israel’s latest in its litany of crimes against humanity, quote such Jewish thinkers, politicians and intellectuals are easier meat, of course, because we’re all fundamentally just anti-Semites who are weaponising the words of “rogue” Jewish critics of Zionism as “cover” for our anti-Semitism, thus pre-emptively defending our own Jew-hatred: “Look, it’s not just I who am thinking this: X, Y and Z also think it and they’re – shock, horror! – Jews.” Jewish anti-Zionists, on the other hand, need to be explained away in other terms, usually as “self-hating Jews”, “Kapos”, “Jinos” (Jews in name only), etc.
Pondering why it was that some of the most powerful critics of Zionism and the colonial project in Palestine are and have been Jews like Hannah Arendt and why some prominent Jews were among those who foresaw before they materialised the dangers Zionism posed and poses to the Jewish community, I surmised that this was not a result of genius (which is not to denigrate e. g. Hannah Arendt’s intellectual stature) but simply of awareness and enlightened self-interest.
Arendt’s observations quoted in the article above echo – although at greater length, arguably more eloquently and with the benefit of supervening observations – the thoughts some 30 years previously of an opponent of that most crucial of enabling betrayals, the Balfour Declaration. Commenting recently elsewhere on the latest of the Witchfinder-General’s inquisitions into senior members of the Parliamentary Labour Party in the UK for alleged anti-Semitism, I said, “An irony of the ‘mischievous political creed’ of Zionism was foreseen over a century ago by the only Jew in Lloyd-George’s Cabinet and the only Cabinet minister to oppose the Balfour Declaration: Zionism itself risks causing a rise of real anti-Semitism (as opposed to reflex accusations levelled at any and all advocates for Palestinian rights or critics of the obnoxious Jewish supremacism now embedded in Israeli society) in Europe. The insistence of the neo-Fascist Israeli right currently in the ascendant that Israel speaks for and represents global Jewry, not merely those who live in Israel, will cause “blowback” against Diaspora Jews who seek nothing more than to maintain their peaceable places within the societies to which they belong and [who] do not self-identify as mythic “Israelites in exile”. These innocents are at risk from Zionism because they are understandably likely to be conflated with those vocal Diaspora Jews like [name of recent Labour Party defector, Member for Enfield North (outer London)] who relentlessly shill for Israel, “right or wrong” and whom respected American commentator and ex-AIPAC staffer Mike Rosenberg described as “Israel-firsters”. Once-dead-and-buried suspicions of “divided loyalties” and “hidden agendas” may be revivified in the popular mind, fed and watered by similar tendentious and/or false media coverage as was deployed by such as the Harmsworth press during its infatuation with European totalitarianism [in the 1930s and] is today being used by the scions of those very same media barons against Islam, [which is] a factor fuelling the Islamophobia in Britain and elsewhere in Western Europe.”