Zionism Unmasked

October 10, 2010

By Jeff Gates, Ph,D.

http://www.israelshamir.net/shamirReaders/english/Gates–Zionism-Unmasked.php

While Zionism is clearly a nationalist ideology, that narrow framing does the term an injustice as it is so much more.

Zionism is more accurately described as a strategy for targeting thought and emotion as a means to influence behavior. Naïve Jews were its first victims when induced to identify with an enclave in the Middle East that President Harry Truman, a Christian Zionist, was induced to recognize as a “state.”

Zionism is first and foremost a mental state that manifests as a dispersed form of internalized nationalism—a Diaspora—that binds to an extremist enclave those who may never set foot there. After 1967, this “state” became the “Land of Israel” based on a more expansive area seized by Israel Defense Forces along with other occupied lands that Zionists claim a god gave them.

Zionism recruits by sustaining a shared sense of insecurity within the broader Jewish community. It progresses by marketing its perceived vulnerability and victimhood among those on whom it relies for financial, military and diplomatic support.

When, as now, policies of the Zionist state come under attack, media campaigns herald an outbreak of anti-Semitism and hatred—not for Zionism but for Jews, enhancing recruitment.

By choosing to identify their interests with those of Zionism, Jews choose to make themselves feel insecure. Zionism relies for its success not only on deception but also on self-deceit.

Many well-informed Jews opposed Israel’s founding in 1948. By 1967, Jewish-Americans were active in the civil rights movement. With the Six-Day War, that activism became problematic. How could Jews back civil rights for Blacks while Zionism denied those rights to Palestinians?

That era marked a turning point both for Zionism and legitimate Judaism as many Jews abandoned civil rights activism when they could no longer reconcile their activism with Israeli oppression. Thus the present mental state of Barack Obama’s many Jewish Zionist advisers.

The Six-Day War induced more Jews to identify with Zionism as a defender of Jews. Yet now we know that war was a long-planned land grab destined to outrage Arabs and Muslims. When combined with a murderous occupation, decades of Israeli provocations were guaranteed to evoke the violent reactions required to rationalize a “war on terrorism.”

In terms of game theory war planning, today’s results were perfectly predictable—mathematically model-able within an acceptable range of probabilities. Once again Zionism targeted thought and emotion to manipulate behavior by provoking antagonism and evoking extremism—the two key ingredients required to plausibly proclaim their insecurity.

When your numbers are few and your ambitions vast, what choice did Zionists have but to seduce and deceive a super power so that our military would wage their wars for Greater Israel?

Peace is the Opponent

Peace is a perilous ‘state’ to be avoided at any cost by a nationalist ideology that thrives on serial crises wed to a perpetual state of conflict and fear. To realize the Zionist goal of hegemony over the Middle East requires a series of plausible Evil Doers and a persuasive narrative. Could Zionism be the reason we segued so seamlessly from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism. See: How Israel Wages War on the U.S.

Instead of the anticipated post-Cold War “peace dividend, the U.S. finds itself waging what Nobel economist Joe Stiglitz calls The $3 Trillion War—all of it borrowed, including $700 billion in interest expense.

In hindsight, the phony intelligence that induced us to war in the Middle East was traceable to Israelis, pro-Israelis or assets developed for that purpose such as Iraqi liar Ahmad Chalabi.

Other than those sharing a Zionist mental state, who had the means, motive, opportunity and, importantly, the stable nation-state intelligence to conduct such operations inside the U.S.?

Yet even now those responsible elude accountability and even scrutiny as cries of “anti-Semitism” are deployed to intimidate and misdirect—by manipulating thought and emotion.

At the end of World War II, the U.S. claimed 50% of the world’s productive power, ensuring we would have the world’s top-rated government bonds for at least two generations. When the Cold War drew to a costly close in 1989, the U.S. had spent $15.9 trillion on defense since 1948 (in 2010 dollars). Now a potential war without end has taken its place.

Americans have been induced to believe that the Zionist state is an ally. We are not alone in viewing Israel as a legitimate nation and a noble experiment to provide a “homeland” for a victimized people. That alluring storyline victimized the broader Jewish community while also laying waste to the nation that was first deceived to extend to Zionists the hand of friendship.

To escape the ravages of Zionism requires that we concede its duplicitous nature and make its operations transparent so that its perpetrators become apparent. As a long-deceived global public grasps its costs in blood and treasure, this mental state will be seen for what it is: a criminal state.

The Psychopath Within

In the clinical psychiatric literature, this “state” features interpersonal traits such as superficial charm, pathological lying, egocentricity, lack of remorse, and callousness that are regarded as characteristic of psychopaths. In order to betray, psychopaths first befriend. In order to defraud, they first establish a relationship of trust. Sound familiar?

Those who share such a mental state will happily incite hatred to catalyze a reaction and then claim they are the victims of hate. For those inhabiting this mental state, it appears rational and even desirable to provoke a response and then claim to be a target of anti-Semites. Inside this internal state, self-absorption is all-encompassing with arrogance its most visible trait.

Law is irrelevant to those who consider themselves above the law. Morality and conscience are of no concern to those who consider themselves The Chosen—by a god of their own choosing. Such a nationalist ideology has no place in a system nation states dedicated to the rule of law.

Those sharing such a “state” pose too great a peril to be an object of pity or compassion. Accountability is the only appropriate response along with an initiative—deploying force as required—to secure any weapons of mass destruction that may be in their possession.

Such a state cannot be delegitimized because any legitimacy attained was integral to the fraud it inflicted on the community of nations. The issue at hand is how best to protect a peace-seeking world from a psychopathic ideology that assumed the appearance of legitimacy so that a Christian Zionist president could be deceived to recognize as a nation a criminal state.

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Are you a “Type 2” Christian?

October 6, 2010

by Tom Compton  Jun 26, 2010

http://whtt.org/index.php?news=2&id=3577

Alan, Bob or Henry: ‘Would Jesus Concur Or Weep?’

After the Palestine Chronicle published my story, “Would Jesus Concur or Weep?”1 just over a year ago, I assumed that people would probably respond in one of three ways:1. They would agree that Jesus would weep at the death of the innocent Palestinian children killed by the Israeli attacks on Gaza in December, 2008/ January, 2009.

2. They would be ambivalent and not care one way or the other. Or, they would not want to even talk about the subject.

3. They would say that I was not balanced in my statements because I didn’t mention anything about the deaths of innocent Israeli children. Never mine that there were no Israeli children killed during the 22 day siege on Gaza.

I never heard from any of the “Type 2” readers but did from the “1 & 3 types”.  So what do Alan, Bob and Henry have to do with my reflections on the story?  These three Jewish men represent three different and divergent opinions on questions related to the state of Israel.  The “Alan” in my rhetorical question is Alan Dershowitz, well known Harvard Law professor and ardent Zionist gadfly.  “Bob” is Bob Simon of CBS News & the 60 Minutes show. And, “Henry” is Henry Herskovitz of Jewish Witnesses for Peace & Friends2 a very active, anti-Zionist.  Granted, Henry Herskovitz, is not a well known Jewish personality outside of his home town of Ann Arbor, Michigan, as the first two men.

Professor Alan Dershowitz was so moved by my article that he responded to an email we at We Hold These Truths sent out to the subscribers3 of our “Pharisee Watch” & “Unheralded News” newsletters. The email contained the story published in the Palestine Chronicle. Dershowitz wrote us: “Subject: Re: Would Jesus Concur or Weep? These deaths were not collateral.  They were deliberately intended by Hamas by its wilfull (sic) use of human shields.  Anuyone (sic) who supports Hamas is complicit in the death of these babies–you included!”

It’s clear from this short exchange that Professor Dershowitz fervently believes that Israel’s use of excessive force against the people of Gaza is necessary and proper. The professor’s comments were not surprising because he is an unabashed supporter of Israel. What was surprising was that I heard the same defense, “Hamas was using their children as shields” from a Christian friend. Never mind the logic that would tell us that Palestinian children are just as precious to their parents as Jewish children are to their parents. She had heard that thought from a Christian commentator that she trusted. The commentator confirmed that it was “true” because he had heard it directly from a source inside the Israeli Defense Force.

Because I am an American citizen and taxpayer, I must admit that I am somewhat “complicit” in the affair as charged by the professor. My tax dollars have been and are being sent, to the tune of billions of dollars per year, to countries like Israel and Egypt. Egypt is culpable because they have helped Israel by severely limiting the flow of goods into Gaza. And, Israel has the American weapons and aid to enforce the “peace” in Israel.

I’ve had no such interaction with Bob Simon of CBS News. However, I was fascinated by two shows that Mr. Simon appeared on that revealed the gamut of Jewish opinion in Israel on the Palestinian question.  Mr. Simon was interviewed on the Charlie Rose Program4 on PBS aired on January 7, 2009 as the Israelis were carrying out their deadly attacks on Gaza.  In the program, Mr. Simon described the Gaza strip as “the world’s largest prison”.  He expressed the opinion that the “Two State Solution” was not possible because of the large areas of land taken by Jewish settlers from the Palestinians in the West Bank to create settlements with over 280,000 Jewish settlers.  Mr. Simon thought that the only realistic solution left would be “apartheid” which is what is, in effect, has been practiced by Israel for some time.  As we know, apartheid governments don’t fare too well.  Recall South Africa.  Mr. Simon’s piece on the CBS 60 Minutes show entitled, “Time Running Out For A Two-State Solution?”5, aired on January 25. 2009, showed in detail the dilemma facing Israelis with the huge number of Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

Henry Herskovitz’s views may not represent a majority of his Jewish brethren, but they are valid and should be considered.  Henry is against Zionism, a political not religious, ideology.   Some of the signs Henry and his supporters carry in front the synagogue he used to attend tell his side of the story: “The Former Victims Have Become the Victimizers”, “Is Ethnic Cleansing a Judaic Value?”, and “End The Israeli Occupation”.

The Jewish world is no more unified on the question of what Israel should do with the Palestinians then are Christians of the traditional or Christian Zionist flavor.  Here in the United States it has been “official” policy to stand by Israel whether it is killing over 300 innocent children in Gaza or killing aid workers on a Turkish ship in international waters.  Fortunately, a wind of awareness is blowing here in the US and Israel. In March, the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, reported that “U.S. General David Petraeus said on Wednesday that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was fomenting anti-American sentiment due to the perception of U.S. favoritism towards Israel.”6 Also, recently, Haaretz, reported that: “Mossad Chief Meir Dagan said on Tuesday that Israel is progressively becoming a burden on the United States. ‘Israel is gradually turning from an asset to the United States to a burden,’ said Dagan, speaking before the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.”7

And, Christian Zionism is being challenged here in the United States. Christian Zionists believe that the modern state of Israel is a fulfillment of Biblical prophecy and that Christians must support Israel no matter what Israel does, and, support wars in the Middle East to protect Israel. A recently introduced documentary, With God On Our Side8 , and We Hold These Truths’ new documentary, Christian Zionism: The Tragedy and Turning9 help expose and explain why Christian Zionists hold to such religious dogma that allows them to turn their backs on the suffering of the Palestinian people at the hands of Israel with the support of the United States government.  We must pray to God for a peaceful solution to the conflict in Israel but work as if it depends on us alone. After all, it was Jesus who said, “…you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31)

Tom Compton is an American Christian who is one of the founding directors of We Hold These Truths ( http://www.whtt.org ). WHTT‘s mission is to challenge evangelical Christians in America and around the world who cling to the idea that the modern state of Israel is a fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy and that Christians must do nothing to hinder Israel, no matter what Israel does.  He contributed this article to PalestineChronicle.com. He can be reached at tomcomwhtt@gmail.com

1 Palestine Chronicle: (http://www.palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=14761)

2 Jewish Witnesses For Peace And Friends: http://www.a2vigil.org/

3 We checked our subscriber list and found that Professor Dershowitz had subscribed to our free email newsletter over a year prior to his response. From that time we sent dozens of emails with no response or objection from him. Just to make sure that it was Professor Dershowitz who actually sent the email, we sent him a reply with a question to which a response, with a “harvard.edu” email address, came back in 1 hour and 14 minutes: “I couldnt care less.” I guess this shows that emails can move people to action.

4 Charlie Rose Show: Interview with Bob Simon of CBS News: http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/9900

5 CBS 60 Minutes: “Time Running Out For A Two State Solution?”: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/01/23/60minutes/main4749723.shtml

6 Haaretz: “U.S. General: Israel-Palestine conflict foments anti-US sentiment” – http://www.haaretz.com/news/u-s-general-israel-palestinian-conflict-foments-anti-u-s-sentiment-1.264910

7 Haaretz: “Mossad chief: Israel gradually becoming burden on U.S.” – http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/mossad-chief-israel-gradually-becoming-burden-on-u-s-1.293540

8 With God On Our Side: http://www.withgodonourside.com/

9 Christian Zionism: The Tragedy & Turning: http://eshop.whtt.org/popupdetails.php?popup=1&prodId=315

 


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