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To borrow the words of  Elias Akleh, I am not in the habit or in the business of arguing with my critics. Everybody is entitled to her/his own opinion. Those are my sentiments exactly. However, when arguments are presented in a most civil way as was done in Dr. Akleh’s response to my post, ‘The Demonization of the Jews’, dialog is definitely not out of the question.

I was not aware of the response until last evening when the Managing Editor of MWC News sent me a link to the following; Zionism vs Judaism. It took me by surprise as my post refuting his was written a month ago.

I presented the view that Dr. Akleh’s opinions were anti-Semitic. His response was I would like, first, to point out to dear Mr. Amsel that my Palestinian Arab roots go back thousands of years ago to the Semitic speaking tribes indigenous to Palestine. Thus I could never be anti-Semite (anti-self) compared to self-hating Jew. Despite the Jewish attempts to monopolize the term people understand that Jews are not the only Semitic-speaking tribe. Many of the Hebrew words are the same Arabic words with a little semantic twist. I can respond as well by pointing out that my Jewish roots go back thousands of years as well, to the bloodline of Aaron, the brother of Moses. My views in no way challenge you as a Palestinian, merely your views on the Jewish people.

Dr. Akleh seems to be under the assumption that all Jews, or at least most are observant. Nothing is further from the truth, including those that live in Israel which is officially a secular state despite the number of ultra orthodox parties represented in the Knesset. When he states As for the accusation of being anti-Jewish or anti-Judaic I like to invite Mr. Amsel and all my readers to refer to any internationally acknowledged Bible to verify that all the quotes I mentioned in my articles, criticized above, are authentic literal quotes from the Judaic Torah; Five Books Moses in the Old Testament. According to observant Jews, as Mr. Amsel noted, the Torah was handed down to Moses on Mount Sinai by God. This makes it the most sacred Judaic scripture. Citing quotes from this most sacred Judaic scripture does not make me anti-Jewish; rather it reveals the ugly racist and genocidal realities of this so call divine Torah (god’s gift). I am not challenging the quotes mentioned in his text, but I am asking why he opted to chose only those that can be interpreted as racist and genocidal (which he rightly states). One of the articles that I refuted ends with A blood thirsty genocidal destructive god such as this Judaic god cannot be the real God. He is a pagan god. Indeed he is really Lucifer himself in the soul. Does the good Doctor not realise that the ‘Judaic God’ and the Islamic God are one in the same? His understanding of Islam itself seems as misunderstood as his views on Judaism. As I stated in my original post, Nowhere in Islamic texts is that view given… it is the personal view of the author.

He further claims that Jews demonstrating against Zionist Israel can be divided into two main groups; Israeli Jews living in Israel (occupied Palestine), and international Jews living outside of Israel. The few international Jews are motivated by their humanity to demonstrate against the inhumane racist ethnic cleansing policies of the Zionist Israeli government against the Palestinians, the same way they are motivated to defend the human rights of any other group. FEW???  Even the extremist Jews keep a growing list of over 7,000 ‘self-hating Jews’. This site can be found AT.  A list, which BTW, I am a proud member of.

There are many more than those 7,000 both in Israel and internationally. Many put their lives on the line for the Palestinian Cause. The most recent example are those onboard the ‘Jewish Boat’ heading towards Gaza as I write this. Some of those onboard are observant Jews… and definitely not all zionists.

If you go to the side bar of my Blog you will find other Blogs linked as favourites of mine. Among them are many written by Jews, again, definitely not zionists.

The rebuttal ends with Opposite to the claims of many misinformed and misguided good intentions writers, such as Mr. Amsel and other non-Jewish writers, Zionism is Judaism incarnated in a different name. Again assuming what is wrong, and stating that all who disagree with him are misinformed. Perhaps it is he, the good Doctor that is misinformed.

I understand his bitterness,  even his justified anger towards the state of Israel. In his own biographical notes it is stated that His family was first evicted from Haifa after the “Nakba” of 1948, then from Beit Jala after the “Nakseh” of 1967. He lives now in the US, and publishes his articles on the web in both English and Arabic.

It is my hope that one day, in the very near future, Dr.Akleh and myself can sit in HIS home together in the State of Palestine and muse over a potful of Arabic coffee…. justice will not be served until that State is established, with the Right of Return for ALL that were forced to leave by the zionists.


  1. Amerikagulag said,

    September 28, 2010 at 16:53

    Nice article. I would point out a couple things though.

    1. “…the Torah was handed down to Moses on Mount Sinai by God…..”
    You forgot the term ALLEGEDLY.
    Mainstream palestinian archaeology suspects that the Book of the Law was likely written by King Josiah in about 750 BC. as there is no evidence of an historical “Moses”.

    Also, that the State of Palestine was never dissolved and so a re-establishment of the state would be redundant. Palestine was rather, supplanted by the current zionist state and populated largely with non-semitic people. The Soviets did much the same thing in the Baltic States of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia.

  2. Karin said,

    September 28, 2010 at 18:28

    … with the Right of Return for ALL that were forced to leave by the zionists!

  3. Doug said,

    September 28, 2010 at 20:30

    Roughly what percentage of Jews are opposed to Zionism and the Zionist regime in Israel?

    By comparison, what percentage of Germans were opposed to National Socialism and the Nazi regime in Germany during WWII?

    If it is acceptable to interchange the words “German” and “Nazi” while the Nazi regime was in power, it is equally acceptable to interchange the words “Jew” and “Zionist” as long as the Zionist regime is in power.

    The overwhelming majority of Jews support the Zionist regime and the State of Israel, just as the majority of Germans supported the Nazi regime during WWII.

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  5. Abdul said,

    September 28, 2010 at 20:47

    Zionism is a creation of Judaism. The urge to restore a mythical jewish state was always part of judaism as created in its current form after the destruction of the temple by the Romans in 70 AD. Next year in Jerusalem was a slogan of judaism long before zionism was invented by Theodor Hertzel.
    So yes, judaism created zionism. zionism would not exist without judaism. I, and most other Palestinians oppose neither zionism, nor judaism. We just want the right to return and live in peace with our jewish neighbours. Let them be zionism, jewish or whatever they want to be. We just want to share the land in peace and equality.

    One country, one vote for each person. And its no ones business if the jews are zionists, atheists, communists or whatever else they want to be.

    One person, one vote is the solution.

  6. Anthony Rago said,

    September 29, 2010 at 01:15

    My Kabbalah teacher tells a story of when he bought a lawnmower for his country home. His two little girls got ahold of it and used the line-drawings as a coloring book. He said “it made a very fine coloring book, but that wasn’t its intention.” It was intended to be an instruction manual. Torah literally means instruction. It is a spirtiual (read: one’s inside life – thoughts, dreams, aspirations, etc.) written in a inner language called Root and Branch. For thousands of years people have been using The Torah as a coloring book. And you make the same mistake. The story of the exodus is about community. 600,000 men who depended on each other for survival. Then they are given the Torah to GIVE it to the world. It says in Jitro (Jethro – not a jew) that “You shall be a blessing amongst the nations in my name,” meaning that the nations will love you – it doesn’t say they will be a blessing to G_d. It goes on to say “you shall be a nation of ministers and priests.” This is to say that they will be a nation of givers and teachers of Torah (inner instruction) to the other nations who will love them and take care of them since as priests they will own no personal property. This is the cause of anti-semitism (as referred to Jews) because the nations inwardly know that Israel has failed their covenant with G_d. They were Chosen alright. Chosen to serve the world Torah. This is true Kabbalah as it is shown by Rav Yehuda Ha-Levi Ashlag. One needs a serious teacher for this, not the internet or books or groups of 500 people. It is impossible to learn this way. Anyway, this is it. If you want more information , you can email me at audiorago@hotmail.com.

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  8. Abdul said,

    September 29, 2010 at 15:05

    The problem is neither zionism, nor its parent and creator, judaism, but racism and supremacism. Any jewish person is welcome to Palestine, but as equal, not as master. The zionist movement went wrong when it absorb fascist elements and thoughts and went beyond mere wish to relocate from Europe and America to Palestine, when it decided to ethnically cleanse and suppress the native Palestinians. If zionism wanted only to relocate jews to Palestine as equals there would never have been any conflict. It was the supremacism and colonialism espoused by zionist leadership that set into motions this jewish apartheid and colonial adventures.

    The cure is simple: dismantle jewish apartheid and stop ethnic cleansing. Then apply democratic elections: one person, one vote. Then there will be peace.

  9. pj said,

    September 29, 2010 at 17:00

    The Jews are doing a pretty good job of demonizing themselves. Even God made a distinction between Israel and Judah, Israel being the “Lost Tribes” and “treacherous Judah” (God’s words) being the ones we are stuck with. Israel was Chosen, unfortunately, Judah was not, except by themselves.

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