Judaism and Zionism – that unambiguous grey area

Posted on May 13, 2012

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At a pro-Palestinian protest yesterday I couldn’t help but notice tourists walking past with furrowed brows and perplexed glances. They’d noticed something a little odd at a rally that is predominantly in the hearts and minds of Arabs belonging to a monotheistic faith. The longest humanitarian crisis of modern times is a daily reminder and humiliation for all Palestinian people on all four corners of the world living in exile from their occupied homeland.

So what were these passers-by looking at? They were looking at six Hasidic Orthodox Jews, mostly Rabbis that are members of an anti-Zionist organisation called Neturei Karta, which in a literal translation from Aramaic means ‘Guardians of the City’ – with the city bearing reference to Jerusalem. They seemed to find Rabbis at a Palestinian rally about as odd as seeing a Manchester United fan donning a shirt in Liverpool, almost peering in like looking at a bear doing tricks at the zoo.

I perhaps shouldn’t have been so alarmed. People’s perceptions of a certain clod or ilk are that certain groups of people are one and the same. But the portrayal of ill-fitting stereotypes is what the media perpetuates in our current climate. If Israel is a Jewish state, then all Jews are subservient to their country right? I mean, birds of a feather flock together surely? Right?

Wrong.

A little background info regarding Neturei Karta for the uninitiated: they’re an anti-Zionist organization that are opposed to the State of Israel as it is a form of nationalism, which contradicts the teachings of the Torah. The group’s objective is for the dismantlement of Israel and for the Palestinians to have their land returned to them.

The two ideologies of Judaism and Zionism are lost on so many, and yet so few know the truth. Both are diametrically opposing schools of thought: Judaism is a religion founded several millennia ago with total subservience and righteousness towards God. Zionism is a political movement founded around 130 years ago in Europe by an elite group of international bankers and wealthy businessmen, far removed from religion, to follow a path of self-determination to establish a Jewish homeland. Rabbis at the time refuted the idea of a land for the Jews until their Messiah showed himself on the face of the Earth.

What’s so blatantly obvious is that it contradicts two of God’s commands to Moses: Thou shall not kill and thou shall not steal. Every day, Palestinians are mercilessly oppressed and their livelihoods, homes, land and lives taken away from them with God being taken out of the equation completely.

The trouble is that the mainstream media, large numbers of the Jewish community, Evangelical Christians, Neo-Conservatives and Zionist sympathizers all perpetuate the notion that it is all justified. That it is anti-Semitic to criticize Israel. That it is racist to highlight the plight of the Palestinians and surrounding Arab countries trying to destroy Israel. That the Jews must return to the Holy Land in order for the prophecy of the second coming of Jesus upon the Earth to convert the Jews into Christians. It’s enough to leave even the most diplomatic of politicians completely bamboozled on how to solve a problem like the Israelis and the Palestinians.

But injustice is injustice. Ironically, it springs to mind an analogy that the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made at an AIPAC conference in Washington DC recently, which he said regarding the nuclear threat posed by Iran,

“Ladies and Gentlemen, if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then what is it?” Mr Netanyahu asked. “That’s right, it’s a duck – but this duck is a nuclear duck. And it’s time the world started calling a duck a duck.”

And surely the same applies to the differing of Judaism and Zionism. For too long, Zionism has been able to tread on people’s toes and blindfold the eyes of the world through media outlets, hoodwink and lull a false sense of justification for its actions under the banner of being followers of the star of David. What sort of religion tolerates and sanctions the total humiliation of one’s native people and complete disregard of their rights? This deliberate ploy by Zionists for the ambiguity of an already grey area is for an end game that’s motivated purely by materialism.

It’s high time that we all recognize that if it looks like injustice, walks like racism, quacks like intolerance then what is it? That’s right, it’s wrong. And it’s a wrong that needs to be put right. And it’s time the world needed to start wronging a long overdue right.

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