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What “Zionism” are we talking about?

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on July 6, 2007


I store several ideas for blogs in My Drafts. Those drafts are very often side-thoughts that pop up when I write on any specific topic – or they are ideas I get from people who used different search criteria to reach my Blog, given the general nature of my Blog, “Zionism” is bound to be one of them.

 

My Blog Entry Zionism, A Security Problem gave birth to some thinking about different kinds of Jewish Nationalism – and what kind exactly the Fundamentalist Anti-Zionists are protesting. The most violent are protesting the very existence of Israel, and in fact all Jews:

When approached by a student who attacked Zionism, Martin Luther King responded: “When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews. You’re talking anti-Semitism.”

They are attacking Jewish Nationalism, i.e the Jewish People’s right to a National Home and Self-Determination – that is pure Antisemitism.

 

Like this Canadian Politician they make no distinction between Israel, Jews and Jewish nationalists “Zionists”:

“I never separated the Zionists and the Jews in this thread or anywhere.”

“Get a clue and realise that we are now past the stage of denying the evils of Israel and the Zionists and have reached the stage of a backlash against said groups for the bloody terrorists they are.”

So where to draw the line? When is Jewish Nationalism no longer a matter of just exercising the right to Self-Determination in accordance with the UDHR article 15 and UN Resolution 181?

 

When it encroaches on the rights of others to exactly the same or violates already existing territory that belongs to other Nations in accordance with International Agreements. This includes the 1947 UN Partition Plan, regardless of whether the Arab League and/or the Palestinian Arabs accepted the partition or not – Israel did and is therefore bound by it.

 

This the Anti-Zionists mentioned before cannot dispute, as that would mean they are themselves in violation of International Laws and Agreements.

 

Unhealthy or unacceptable Jewish nationalism would include any Jewish Nationalism that carries with it an idea of a “Greater Israel”, whichever manner this would be achieved. One cannot, however much one wants to, invoke religious texts or religious belief as validation of Ownership in secular matters, as has often been the case with Jewish Religious Movements, based in-side and out-side Israel.

 

Jewish Settlements out-side the borders of 1947-1948 must be dismantled, and any political policy that aims at creating Settlements out-side those borders must be deemed illegal according to International Agreements.

 

Jewish Nationalism must remain at it’s simplest – Jewish/Israeli national Self-Determination within the parameters of UN Resolution 181.

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