ANTI ZIONISM COST A JEW HER JOB

After reading the following, you might learn to love and respect THESE wonderful activists…..

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We cannot continue to say, “But what were we to do?”

Zionism is not synonymous with Judaism. I wholly support the rally of the right of return of the Palestinian people.

The press has fostered the portrait of the Palestinian terrorist. But the victims who rose up against human indignity in the Warsaw Ghetto are called heroes. Those who lost their lives are called martyrs. The Palestinian who tosses a rock in desperation is a terrorist.

University professor Moshe Zimmerman reported in the Jerusalem Post (30 April, 1995), “The [Jewish] children of Hebron are just like Hitler’s youth.”

David Ben Gurion said, “Let us not ignore the truth among ourselves… politically, we are the aggressors and they defend themselves.. .The country is theirs, because they inhabit it, whereas we want to come here and settle down, and in their view we want to take away from them their country…”.

Jewish editor sacked for publishing article

I got this email on one of the email lists I’m on…

This article was sent to Debbie Ducro, an American-Jewish journalist with the Kansas City Jewish Chronicle. She published it, and was fired the next day.



Quest for justice

By Judith Stone

I am a Jew. I was a participant in the Rally for the Right of Return to Palestine . It was the right thing to do.

I’ve heard about the European holocaust against the Jews since I was a small child. I’ve visited the memorials in Washington , DC and Jerusalem dedicated to Jewish lives lost and I’ve cried at the recognition to what level of atrocity mankind is capable of sinking.

Where are the Jews of conscience? No righteous malice can be held against the survivors of Hitler’s holocaust. These fragments of humanity were in no position to make choices beyond that of personal survival. We must not forget that being a survivor or a co-religionist of the victims of the European Holocaust does not grant dispensation from abiding by the rules of humanity.

“Never again” as a motto, rings hollow when it means “never again to us alone.” My generation was raised being led to believe that the biblical land was a vast desert inhabited by a handful of impoverished Palestinians living with their camels and eking out a living in the sand. The arrival of the Jews was touted as a tremendous benefit to these desert dwellers. Golda Meir even assured us that there “is no Palestinian problem”.

We know now this picture wasn’t as it was painted. Palestine was a land filled with people who called it home. There were thriving towns and villages, schools and hospitals. There were Jews, Christians and Muslims.

In fact, prior to the occupation, Jews represented a mere seven per cent of the population and owned three per cent of the land.

Taking the blinders off for a moment, I see a second atrocity perpetuated by the very people who should be exquisitely sensitive to the suffering of others. These people knew what it felt like to be ordered out of your home at gun point and forced to march into the night to unknown destinations or face execution on the spot. The people who displaced the Palestinians knew first hand what it means to watch your home in flames, to surrender everything dear to your heart at a moment’s notice. Bulldozers levelled hundreds of villages, along with the remains of the village inhabitants, the old and the young. This was nothing new to the world.

Poland is a vast graveyard of the Jews of Europe. Israel is the final resting place of the massacred Palestinian people. A short distance from the memorial to the Jewish children lost to the holocaust in Europe there is a levelled parking lot. Under this parking lot is what’s left of a once flourishing village and the bodies of men, women and children whose only crime was taking up needed space and not leaving graciously. This particular burial marker reads: “Public Parking”.

I’ve talked with Palestinians. I have yet to meet a Palestinian who hasn’t lost a member of their family to the Israeli Shoah, nor a Palestinian who cannot name a relative or friend languishing under inhumane conditions in an Israeli prison. Time and time again, Israel is cited for human rights violations to no avail. On a recent trip to Israel , I visited the refugee camps inhabited by a people who have waited 52 years in these ‘temporary’ camps to go home. Every Palestinian grandparent can tell you the name of their village, their street, and where the olive trees were planted. Their grandchildren may never have been home, but they can tell you where their great-grandfather lies buried and where the village well stood. The press has fostered the portrait of the Palestinian terrorist. But the victims who rose up against human indignity in the Warsaw Ghetto are called heroes. Those who lost their lives are called martyrs. The Palestinian who tosses a rock in desperation is a terrorist.

Two years ago I drove through Palestine and watched intricate sprinkler systems watering lush green lawns of Zionist settlers in their new condominium complexes, surrounded by armed guards and barbed wire in the midst of a Palestinian community where there was not adequate water to drink and the surrounding fields were sandy and dry. University professor Moshe Zimmerman reported in the Jerusalem Post (30 April, 1995), “The [Jewish] children of Hebron are just like Hitler’s youth.”

We Jews are suing for restitution, lost wages, compensation for homes, land, slave labour and back wages in Europe . Am I a traitor of a Jew for supporting the right of return of the Palestinian refugees to their birthplace and compensation for what was taken that cannot be returned?

The Jewish dead cannot be brought back to life and neither can the Palestinian massacred be resurrected. David Ben Gurion said, “Let us not ignore the truth among ourselves… politically, we are the aggressors and they defend themselves.. .The country is theirs, because they inhabit it, whereas we want to come here and settle down, and in their view we want to take away from them their country…”.

Palestine is a land that has been occupied and emptied of its people. Its cultural and physical landmarks have been obliterated and replaced by tidy Hebrew signs. The history of a people was the first thing eradicated by the occupiers. The history of the indigenous people has been all but eradicated as though they never existed. And all this has been hailed by the world as a miraculous act of God. We must recognise that Israel ’s existence is not even a question of legality so much as it is an illegal fait accompli realised through the use of force while supported by the Western powers. The UN missions directed at Israel in attempting to correct its violations of have thus far been futile.

In Hertzl’s ‘The Jewish State’ the father of Zionism said: “We must investigate and take possession of the new Jewish country by means of every modern expedient.” I guess I agree with Ehud Barak 3 June,1995 when he said, “If I were a Palestinian, I’d also join a terror group.” I’d go a step further perhaps. Rather than throwing little stones in desperation, I’d hurtle a boulder.

Hopefully, somewhere deep inside, every Jew of conscience knows that this was no war; that this was not G-d’s restitution of the holy land to it’s rightful owners. We know that a human atrocity was and continues to be perpetuated against an innocent people who couldn’t come up with the arms and money to defend themselves against the western powers bent upon their demise as a people.

We cannot continue to say, “But what were we to do?” Zionism is not synonymous with Judaism. I wholly support the rally of the right of return of the Palestinian people.

11 Comments

  1. Dianne Foster said,

    February 15, 2009 at 19:08

    I can see why the woman who published this was fired. The words of the original writer could be said to be inflammatory. They justify throwing rocks and boulders to remove the invaders of Israel. A few years back, it might have been compared with writing which justified the action not so much of the IRA as of the little neighborhood people, the teenaged children, who hurled rocks and bottles at the occupying British troops. Ireland was about divide and rule from abroad. The Scots who were being cleared to make way for sheep farms, were sent in to bring a Protestant cast to Ireland, and close the back door on European powers which might get at England that way.

    How are we to view Israel? Jews I know (who would never, ever emigrate there), some of whom are the children of survivors of the Holocaust, view Israel as the ultimate insurance policy, should the world become as it was in the 1930’s.

    But insurance policies taken out by Jews have a way of not being honored in such a crisis.

    Without Israel, how much tension would there be for Jews living in the so-called diaspora?

    I personally believe we may be looking at a house of cards, but others who also believe so are going to dig in and ignore the pangs of conscience. The one group for which this worked were the American Puritans, who simultaneously with expressing moral superiority, took the best land of the Native Americans, and fought and died for it (while killing in a way that has been described as genocide). Their blinkered single-mindedness has many embarrassing chapters, but they won. However they won in a time in which slavery was also okay.

    This is supposed to be a more enlightened time. I would say that whatever the Puritans did, they won a relatively secure country, in which it is now possible for a wide swath of humanity to coexist. Jews are not doing too badly there. In fact, they are not in real danger. One of the jokes is that they never will be as long there are black people too. You can project a possible pogromish future, but it really is not that way. One thing that may happen is that you are going to assimilate. And if you think that is genocide, then you are going to get hysterical.

    It is going to mean that you are going to support, protect and defend that gated country club on the Med. Because of pride. And pride must have a fall. The question is how many steps you have to fall down. The more you help your neighbor, the fewer the steps in my view.

    So the woman was fired. Because she exposed the raw nerve, and she had almost lost her sense that there was any justification at all for Israel. I happen to think there is, but it must change, and be more rational.

  2. Alan Cabal said,

    February 15, 2009 at 19:20

    Judith Stone’s courage and nobility will be recognized by history when Zionism is a footnote to the memory of genocide. The tsunami of noble Jews is rising offshore — you can see it in the receding support for terrorist Israel. Soon the wave will come, and wash that criminal regime away.

  3. idrees from maldives said,

    February 15, 2009 at 21:03

    Its a good sign that there are indeed few good people left in the world who would not compromise on truth and honesty.

  4. Paul said,

    February 15, 2009 at 21:45

    Perhaps if the Jews who rule today’s Israel actually had any connection with the Semitic peoples who made up the original inhabitants of the region, then a justification for Israel may be possible. Trouble is they don’t. They are almost all Khazar converts from Europe/Eurasia who make up the overwhelming majority of Israel’s ruling class. They provide no justification other than greed and opportunism, and exaggerated narratives (old and new) for the existence of Israel. Every time they cry “anti-Semite” they are lying to us by definition.

  5. Jay said,

    February 15, 2009 at 23:57

    ‘almost lost her sense that there was any justification at all for israel’ – as if israel’s justifications for existence are unquestionable and undenable? there are many of us who question the existence of a state based on racist principles, just as the world did with nazi and apartied states before.

  6. SARAH said,

    February 16, 2009 at 00:02

    EVERY ZIONIST KNOWS THE AGGRESSION THEY PUT ON PALESTINIANS…THE MEDIA JUST KEEPS SENDING OUT LIES AND EXCUSES BECAUSE IT’S OWNED BY ZIONISTS

  7. Hopeful said,

    February 16, 2009 at 00:51

    Judith Stone has sacrificed her job for something that’s even more important and, in short supply – the truth. She will be rewarded in intangible ways that cannot be underestimated.

    We, the fairminded and just will remember her name when the honour roll is called.

  8. Fiona said,

    February 16, 2009 at 03:38

    A very brave lady, and her sacrifice will not be forgotten.

  9. Andrew said,

    February 16, 2009 at 03:39

    Hi! Best regards! I support the same people! I like the same jew! Super or hyper zionizm, without convential orthodox tradition, is the heritage of dark savage bloody tribe

  10. Cyrena said,

    February 16, 2009 at 04:49

    Wow!! I stumbled upon this piece, and I’m so pleased that I did. This is such an exceedingly fine piece of journalism, from a Jew of Conscience, and I just want to convey my support and appreciation.

    Needless to say, (or not) this has been the same opinion of the world majority that are NOT Jews or even Arabs for that matter. We know all of these things now, and so we know that returning Land to the rightful Indigenous owners is a very brave and until recently, uncommon position for the majority of Jews to support, no matter where they happen to actually reside themselves.

    That’s not to suggest that there haven’t ALWAYS been Jews of Conscience opposed to the occupation from the very beginning of it, and I know many of them. But, the tragedy is that they have been equally punished (fired, discredited, blacklisted, harassed, etc, etc) by other Jews, just for having a conscience, and knowing what’s right and what is clearly, beyond any shadow of any doubt, just WRONG!!

    So, we’ve always had Jews of Conscience, but now they’ve gathered more steam to create a larger bond, and to get the message across.

    I lost my own job (a very long term one) for similar reasons. It was devastating at the time, but turned out to be a blessing in disguise. We have to raise the consciousness/awareness of these truths now that we have an opportunity to finally correct this grave injustice.

    Thanks for writing this article. I’ll see that it is reposted with the appropriate citations across the board.

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