The Self-Conflation of Judaism with Zionism
There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.
Henry David Thoreau
Anne Rice, author of the series of best-selling vampire novels and, most recently, fictional accounts of the life of Christ, has taken to Facebook to announce she is no longer a Christian:
For those who care, and I understand if you don’t: Today I quit being a Christian. I’m out. I remain committed to Christ as always but not to being “Christian” or to being part of Christianity. It’s simply impossible for me to “belong” to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group. For ten …years, I’ve tried. I’ve failed. I’m an outsider. My conscience will allow nothing else.
Later she wrote:
As I said below, I quit being a Christian. I’m out. In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be anti-Democrat. I refuse to be anti-secular humanism. I refuse to be anti-science. I refuse to be anti-life. In the name of …Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen.
Look, I’m going to make this as short as I can. All of you are wrong on this one, OK?
Judaism swallowed a poison pill, has digested it, and assimilated it. It is too late, in other words, for Judaism to do anything about it: it has gone past the point of no return. That poison pill is the absurd ideology that it Zionism. The entirety of Judaism’s rabbinate, almost without exception, and certainly without the exception of the rabbi of Jerusalem at the time of the establishment of the ‘Zionist Entity’, opposed the creation of Israel. This was based on Torah and Talmudic teachings that it is only the Messiah who can bring the children of Israel back to their Promised Land (and that any move without the leadership and guidance of the Messiah was bound to lead to catastrophe.) The tiny minority of rabbis who supported the creation of the state was, in the eyes of mainstream Judaism, a marginal non-entity, and was the exception by which the rule of opposition to Zionism within Judaism was underscored. But now that the Zionist Entity is a *fait accompli*, the situation has changed. Now, “the entirety of Judaism’s rabbinate, almost without exception, and certainly without the exception of the rabbi of Jerusalem” *support* Zionism, and “The tiny minority of rabbis [i.e., Neturei Karta Judaism] who [oppose] the creation of the state [and its continued justification] are, in the eyes of mainstream Judaism, a marginal non-entity, and are the exception by which the norm of support for Zionism within Judaism is underscored.
And so, Judaism itself (and at its own hands) has undergone a massive seismic shift, from whatever it was, to being a religion which actively supports and perpetuates the most egregious violations of ethical norms on a continual and consistent basis for the last 60 years of human history. This is their choice. Why the non-Moslem world has not understood this change is a story for another day, but irrespective of the reasons why and of the failure of non-Moslems to register this massive change… there it is.
The overwhelming majority of Jews, be they orthodox rabbis or so-called “progressives” like Noam Chomsky, Amy Goodman or Norman Finkelstein believe in and fight with every fiber of their body for the right of Israel to exist as a state on stolen land, with no right of return for the dispossessed as this would “dilute the Jewish character of the state” (Or some other similar paraphrase). And those are the “good” Jews; the ones that hold this outrageous and hideous amoral position. The “bad” ones believe in Israel’s right to expand and clear the rest of the stable of the Arab dogs, to use Churchill’s words, as Priouz 2 rightly quoted.
Those are the discourse limits within Weaselschaft. Bleak, isn’t it? It is only the good Jews of Neturei Karta, whom I no longer call Jews, so as to spare them the odium, but ‘Neturei Karta Jews’, that are the exception to this rule. And so far as, so long as, and to the extent that these good people are nothing but a marginal within ‘World Jewry’ – a voice that is constantly trivialized and ridiculed by Jewish organs such as The Forward and The ?ew York Times – to that extent, the self-conflation of Jewry, Judaism and Jews and Zionism obtains. The Liberal failure to recognize this is merely an indication of *their* moral degeneracy, and their falling for the Jewish hokeydoke.
Well, that should be sufficient for most RFI’ers. But for Eric and Arnold’s sake, I will drive the point home. Let us take an example. Let us say, for the sake of argument, that the Pope and the College of Cardinals looked the other way, when the first alarms of child sexual abuse sounded. OK, so they looked the other way. Call it institutional inertia. Then, as more and more worms came out of the woodwork, they, the senior bishops (or rabbis, in our case) had a choice to make: either condemn the abuse and take responsibility for it, or to cover up and enable it, and even (as in our case, to extend the metaphor), partake in the abuse and cheer it on.
Thanks to its twice having rejected the messengers of God and guidance from above, that is exactly what has happened to Judaism. Without exception, all, repeat all, rabbis within mainstream Judaism, be they orthodox or reform, support the theft of Palestinian land and oppose the right of return of their rightful owners. They are cheerleading this orgy, and all the lame left does every time someone who has not drunk the Kool Aid points this out is wag a finger and admonish the poor soul for conflating Jews and Judaism with Zionism. Well, you know, maybe that shit will fly on Silverstein’s site, or Juan Cole’s or whoever else there is that is out there, but here on RFI, I for one am not buyin’ it.
If Moslems can be called on their failure, for example, to reject slavery (as we certainly should be), why should Jews be exempt from being called, collectively, racist pigs, which is not what they were, but is, sadly, what they have become. All your failure to do so does, left “progressive” liberals, is to equate your moral bankruptcy with that of what has become of the Jews, and complicit enablers of it. Sag-e zard baradar-e shoghal-eh.
More Fun at the Expense of the Jews
James: I was thinking about your question viz. what is going to happen to the Jews: an explosion, an implosion, a mass Exodus on a Biblical Scale, or maybe a little tsunami in the eastern Mediterranean seaboard, a la Nipponistan, to take care of that thieves on their stolen strip of beachfront property, set off by an underwater nuclear explosive? And as I got to thinking about it, I pondered the question of what would be their just deserts. To ask what the just deserts of a nation, any nation, are is something that is just not done in academia or the myriad think tanks that have mushroomed over the last couple of decades. But for the mind of a believer, a mind that thinks teleologically, thinks in terms of what the Author has in mind for His next Chapter, what twists and turns of plot, what character development (and his Characters, to be sure, are not just individuals, but families, tribes, nations and entire civilizations), what Action! (Boy does He love action!). So anyway, I was thinking about it on my ride home from a nice Thai Yoga class, and I got to thinking of what these fellows have been up to lately. And this is what I came up with (fasten your seatbelts, boys & girls):
1. Those among them who turned their back on their religious tradition, the unbelievers among them in other words, took it upon themselves to round up the Wandering Jews and corral them into lands that they stole. They did this against the wishes of their God, who had reserved this episode in a later Chapter in His book which starred the Messiah, whom, the Jews were told, was the only one authorized to do this kind of corralling. And they were told that if they didn’t wait for the Messiah to come, and took it onto themselves to do this work, God would be pissed! Hence the vehement opposition of the vast majority of the rabbinate, including of course, the rabbinate of Jerusalem, at the time of the declaration of statehood in 1948.
2. The lies they fabricated in order to have a monopoly on the suffering in the War of 1939-45, for the suffering of a few hundred thousand of their people, and their denial of the suffering of other nations, such as the tens of millions of Chinese who suffered at the barbaric hands of the Nipponese, the tens of millions of Russians that died horrible deaths in that war, and the tens of millions of Christians who died needlessly fighting each other for the sake of the neo-pagan ideologies and pseudo religions of communism, national socialism, fascism, and the ever-popular social- and liberal-democracy. Making up this fantastic story of a “Holocaust” of Jews, getting billions upon billions of dollars in reparation for this massive lie, enacting laws to imprison people who question the lie, and not allowing the nations of Europe to see all of the events of that war in their correct perspective – all these brazen acts of defiance against the moral order have grave consequences for their perpetrators.
3. What they did to the millions of Moslems and Christians who were native to the land of Palestine in the events leading up to that date 1948, and what they did to them afterwards and are doing to them now… all of these unspeakable crimes – the imprisonment of millions of people in Gaza, torture, the incredible atrocities inflicted on children – all these brazen acts of defiance against the moral order have grave consequences for their perpetrators.
4. Being instrumental in planning, implementing, covering up, and taking undue advantage of the events of 9/11/01 – all these brazen acts of defiance against the moral order have grave consequences for their perpetrators, be they perpetrated by the neo-Straussian Neo-con Jews in the Wall Street/ Military-Intelligence Community nexus, or those in the Mossad.
5. And last but by no means least, all of the evil they have spread through the land and everything they have done in their power to destabilize Iran and tear her apart – a land beloved by God for her people’s devotion to the most beloved of His prophets, and their devotion to that blessed prophet’s purified family, upon all of whom be the peace and blessings of God, the Ahkam al-Haakemeen.
Well, what can one say to the list of these charges other than to hope that in His Justice, God’s Mercy exceed His Wrath, as He has assured us that it will. Kick back and enjoy the show, as there are some fireworks on the agenda. I shit ye not.
Posted by Arash Darya-Bandari