Chasing Zionism

Zionism linked to racism is not new. Too many are oblivious to the fact that the Jewish people are not one race.

In 1975, thirty years after the Christian world turned a blind eye to the industrial strength massacre of 6,000,000 Jews, and the Muslims of the Middle East (led by Haj Amin al-Husseini) carried out riots and massacres of the Jews,  living in their homeland of Israel (called at that point Palestine after the Romans had environmentally devastated the land), the United Nations brought before the “civilized” nations the statement that Zionism equals racism. Not France equals racism or Germany equals racism-just standing proudly as Jews is considered racist.

It was Daniel Patrick Moynihan who warned the world in 1975 “A great evil has been loosed upon the world…the Abomination of anti-Semitism has been given the appearance of international sanction…Now this is a lie…the United Nations has now declared to be a truth.” Resolution 3379, “Zionism is racism” was a great distortion and perversion of language that legitimized the right to demonize the Jews as a shameful, demonic people deserving a universal loathing.

Ambassador Moynihan warned: “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.”

Thirty years after burning Jews; no different to the Christian world than burning books because surely they would have said something, anything, being proud to be a Jew living in Israel was called racist.

The member states of the UN attempted to unite against the one Jewish state in the world; the one state that took in the Jews no one wanted-until the Jews turned the desolate land of swamp, malaria and desert into the land of milk and honey. Then the Jews were told to go back where they came from. Some had tried after WWII only to discover that Poles and others had moved into their homes-as if they knew all along that that all the Jews had been taken away never to return.

How did the civilized world and this august body of nations come to equate Zionism with racism?

Jews are not a race. Jews come in all colours: black, white, brown, cream; straight eyes and slanted eyes. One cannot become white or black or Asian. But anyone can become a Zionist-be they French, German, Arab, Muslim, Christian, or Greek Orthodox. People from all races, creeds and colours and welcomed into Am Yisrael-the people of Zion, the People of the Book. Jews never proselytize, but those who choose to take on Judaism, whether from Christianity or Islam, or any other religion, are welcome.

Zionism expresses national pride in a Jewish state. Pride in being Jewish. Something new in the world when one remembers that it was only 70 years ago that the Jews were being put into crematoria. Being Jewish, then, was deadly. There are those who believe that nationalism must end-but that’s a story for another day. In the meantime, Zionism is no more racist than being a proud American, Canadian or Jordanian.

Labeling Zionism as racism is just another arrow in the quiver of the anti-Semites who inhabit this world.And today we have another manifestation of the call of Zionism as racism. It is called the accusation of Israel as an apartheid state.

In 2001 the “World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance” was held at Durban in September 2001. International NGO’s-excluding Jewish ones-came up with their own declaration which “reflected a concerted effort to undermine Israel. Article 164 states

targeted victims of Israel’s brand of apartheid and ethnic cleansing methods have been in particular children, women and refugees. Article 425 announces a policy of complete and total isolation of Israel as an apartheid state…the imposition of mandatory and comprehensive sanctions and embargoes, the full cessation of all links (diplomatic, economic, social, aid, military cooperation and training) between all states and Israel. Furthermore, Article 426 talks of condemnation of those states who are supporting, aiding and abetting the Israeli apartheid state and its perpetration of racist crimes against humanity including ethnic cleansing, acts of genocide.”

That we are surprised, today, at these attempts to demolish the Jewish state with fact-free rhetoric is surprising. From Mount Sinai 3500 years ago to today, the Jewish people have been attacked. Whether physically or politically, socially, or now economically through the BDS movement, the world has continued to try and annihilate the Jews and now the state. Yet, the Jews, the Jewish people, the state of Israel, are not going away.

We will not run away, again. The 2000 years of wandering after the destruction of Israel by the Romans is over. The Jews will no longer cower or kow-tow despite all the efforts of Jew-haters around the world to bring the Jewish State to her knees, to eliminate her while all the while turning a blind eye to nations that massacre children, cannibalize their enemies, rape young girls, women, and boys, hang gays, practice slavery, amputate limbs, decapitate those they call apostates.

For the first time in 2000 years the Jewish people have returned home, back to their ancient land. Their home. Just like the French and the Germans and the Swedes, the Brazilians and the Peruvians can go home, so, too, can the Jews.

We no longer need to take the Jews out of exile. Today, Zionism is taking the exile out of the Jews, creating a new Israeli Jew.The Jewish people are here in the State of Israel. Forever. Get over it.

About the Author
Diane Weber Bederman is a multi-faith, hospital trained chaplain who lives in Ontario, Canada, just outside Toronto; She has a background in science and the humanities and writes about religion in the public square and mental illness on her blog: The Middle Ground:The Agora of the 21st Century. She is a regular contributor to Convivium: Faith in our Community. "
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