I'm posting this because I think there is a historical narrative, and a narrative among anti-Zionist Jewish intellectuals, that Zionists manipulated and exploited the oppression of Jewish Europeans by Christians and the right wing of Europe for their own nationalistic ends.
After WWII and the holocaust, many Jews wanted to stay in their home countries and help to build a progressive democratic anti-racist state or immigrate to Great Britain, the USA, France or other countries that looked more hopeful for social democratic development.
But these countries blocked or put quotas on Jewish immigration, hence a situation developed for a rational for immigration to a new Israel (in essence making one newly formed country a nationalist Jewish ghetto). It is my belief that the right wing cooperated with the Zionist movement in order to have a client state in the middle east in the middle of the Arab world, thus setting the stage for tension between indigenous Arabs (including Arab Jews, the Mizrahi) and European settlers. I am solely responsible for this theory (but I'm not the only one who has suggested it), but I come to this after considerable reading. Myself I am sympathetic with the plight of Jews or ANYBODY who has suffered human rights violations, displacement from their homeland and genocide. But I think the conversation needs to shift from oppressor vs. victim, to political alliances and real politic motives that have little to do with humanitarian sympathy for victims of any social or ethnic category.
The article referenced here I think contributes to that shift in dialog and perspective.
I take this perspective as a secular humanist, opposed to the privileging of civil rights or land of one social or ethnic group over another. I welcome feed back.
Gary, Los Angeles, USA.
October 14, 2011
Opinion: Exploiting anti-Semitism to destroy Occupy Wall Street
by MJ Rosenberg
Members of the Occupy Wall Street movement in the financial district of New York on Oct. 12. Photo by REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
An ugly old tradition is back: exploiting anti-Semitism to break the backs of popular movements that threaten the power of the wealthiest 1 percent of our population. It is being used to undermine the Occupy Wall Street movement, which has conservatives in a state of near panic. ...
Linking a progressive movement to the Jews would destroy progressive movements and preserve the power of those in control.
Perhaps not surprisingly, a bizarre variant of this phenomenon is now being deployed against Occupy Wall Street.
Because utilizing anti-Semitism directly would not succeed in this country today, the reactionary defenders of the economic status quo are using the flip side of the coin: the fear of being labeled anti-Semitic. They are accusing Occupy Wall Street of anti-Semitism, relying on the old myth that Wall Street is Jewish and hence that opposition to Wall Street’s agenda is just opposition to Jews. ...