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(en) UK, London, Anti authoritarian Jews against Zionism Re: AUT: Autonomist perspectives on racism and anti-Semitism

From svejk <anterotesis@yahoo.co.uk>
Date Mon, 19 May 2003 19:28:14 +0200 (CEST)

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Below, a leaflet I and some comrades wrote as "Jews Against Zionism"
and distributed at various demos in London. We also had a banner
reading "Jews Against Zionism And All States."
We felt it necessary to attack the identification of Jewishness with
Zionism, and ethnicity with the nation state.
Posting this just to say, yep, some of us have spent time cracking this
nut. But the nut remains intact.
> Jews Against Zionism
Zionism claims to speak for all Jews, because it
wishes to silence us. Zionism claims Palestine as the
homeland, because it wants to uproot us. Zionism claims
to be the only possible defence against a new holocaust,
because it wishes to dominate us.

The actions of the Israeli state have actually made
us more vulnerable as Jews, as shown by the rise of anti-
Jewish attacks. And in a telling twist, congregation
members of a strongly anti-Zionist Stoke Newington synagogue
have stated that Zionist militants are likely to be
responsible for a spate of threats and attacks against them.

As Jews we are supposedly obliged to support a
permanent state of war and hold a laughable 'right' to
'return' to a land many of us have never seen. But as people
descended from the murdered of the Nazi genocide and
countless pogroms - and who but for a few decades whould have
been murdered for being Jewish and for other 'crimes' too -
we reject Zionism and all it entails.

Zionism is the predictable outcome of worldwide
nationalism, colonialism and statism. Born at a time when the
world was being carved up and the European nation-state
system consolidated, Zionism is the accomplice of Western
power and a scourge of the Palestinians. The Zionist alliance
with power and tyranny does not make it the guardian of the
Jews. It has always collaborated with racists and murderers
to further its colonisation of Palestine.

On the contrary, we support those who seek to overthrow
'their own' governments and leaders. We support struggles
witht the potential to undermine the state and capitalism.
The 300-plus Israeli soldiers who have refused to fight,
Palestinians resisting in the grassroots spirit of the first
Intifada, the international activists who are spreading both
their own and Palestinian struggles are positive developments.
While beyond the Middle East, from Argentina to Genova, from
Woomera to Campsfield, a new world is trying to express

Zionism Against Jews
Zionism did not 'save' Jews from the Holocaust. That
was never its concern. "If I knew that it would be possible
to save all the children in Germany by bringing them over to
England and only half of them by transporting them to Eretz
Israel, then I opt for the second alternative" , Ben Gurion -
who became the first Israeli Prime Minister - said in 1938.
He acknowledged that rescue would have been the end of
Zionism. "If our brothers in America have to choose between
the physical rescuing of the Jews of Europe and Zionism, they
will choose the former and that will be the end of our movement".

The colonisation of Palestine was the be-all and end-all, even
at the cost of Jewish lives.

This did not change when the Jews were being exterminated.
The Stern Gang sought an "anti-imperialist" alliance with the
Nazis, stating "Common interests could exist between the
establishment of a New Order in Europe in conformity with the
German concept, and the true [read: Zionist] national
aspirations of the Jewish people". A foul pact was made to
save 600 select Budapest Jews at the expense of 800,000 others;
members of Zionist youth organisations, the "best biological
material" as the Nazi Eichmann put it, were saved in exchange
for "quiet and order" in the camps.

Zionism has always been concerned not with opposing
anti-Semitism, but with coming to an arrangement with it.
Even amidst the genocide of the Jews, it placed the colonial
project before the masses of Jewish people.

The founders of Zionism rejected the possibility of
overcoming anti-Semitism through popular struggle and social
revolution. Moses Hess, Theodor Herzl and Chaim Weizmann
chose the side of state power, class domination and
exploitative rule. They fully understood that the cultivation
of anti-Semitism and the persecution of the Jews were the
work of the very ruling class from whom they sought favour.

In seeking the sponsorship of the anti-Semites themselves,
they revealed several motives: the worship of power with which
they associated strength; an illusion of ending Jewish 'weakness'
and vulnerability and the state of being perpetual outsiders.

This sensiblity was a short step to assimilating the values
and ideas of the Jew-haters themselves. The Jews, the Zionists
wrote, were indeed an undisciplined, subversive, dissident people,
worthy of the scorn they had earned. The Zionists catered
shamelessly to racist Jew-hatred; their literature is full of the
most poisonous stereotypes. This worked in tandem with the
anti-Semitic desire to be rid of a group of people long
radicalised by persecution who swelled the ranks of many
revolutionary movements.

The racism and oppression shown by the Israeli state is
not unusual. The historical betrayals of Zionism are not
unique: they are common to all forms of nationalism. Our
anti-Zionism is based on opposition to all states, all borders
and nations; to all the rulers and exploiters of the world.

For a global Intifada and an end to all borders!

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