Avraham Burg, a former speaker of the Knesset, author of “The Holocaust Is Over: We Must Rise From Its Ashes” and the chairman of Molad, the Center for Renewal of Democracy, wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times of Sunday August the 4th 2012.
He wrote that his generation, born in the ’50s, grew up with the deep, almost religious belief that the America and Palestine shared basic values and principles.
Having right to a piece of land
Also in my family we grew up with the understanding that the Jews were the rightful owners of the promised land, who were blessed as People of God, and would prepare the most righteous country in the world.
As a child and young adult, it was not always clear how we had to interpret the Shoah (השואה, HaShoah) or the “catastrophe” which befell that promised People of God, because sometimes it was presented to us that it was Gods cleansing, as prophesied in the Old Testament, to make sure that those who survived would be the most sincere Jews, faithful to God. I do not want to say that my parents liked what had happened. The opposite. We also learned the importance of avoiding such a ‘cleansing’ by people. But we also learned that it was the most holy people, and what annoyed me sometimes, that no bad word could be said about them. So when we noticed something going wrong around Jerusalem it could never be the Jew to blame.
A democracy according Gods Will
After the genocidal state Germany a new world could be built up were Jews would be able to create a democracy according the Laws of God.
For me it was strange to notice that people who felt so much the damage of control of territory and resources after some years started doing the same things as their oppressors had done. They started to exclude others of the right of using water or land. They even started to built a wall, which is for me so incomprehensible, when they themselves should have to know how their ancestors felt, being enclosed by walls and having to live in Ghettos and camps.
I would have thought that the unique feature of the Holocaust and unprecedented in history would have been engraved in the Jewish heart as something they would not want to happen to any body any more in this world.
Secular or religious state
A big problem seems to be the the secular versus religious debate for forming The Israel, or the Jewish nature of the state.
The 1942 Biltmore Program, the fundamental departure from traditional Zionist policy of the Zionist Organization with its demand “that Palestine be established as a Jewish Commonwealth, did not seem to succeed to create common wealth for all the people in the region. explicitly called “that Palestine be established as a Jewish Commonwealth.” In 1946, the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry, also known as the Grady-Morrison Committee, noted that the demand for a Jewish Statewent beyond the obligations of either the Balfour Declaration or the Mandate, and had been expressly disowned by the Chairman of the Jewish Agency as recently as 1932.
Unrestricted Jewish immigration to Palestine did not seem to be a problem at first, but with the years to many immigrants became live too close to each other and made that certain groups wanted to expand the territory. An other problem was that the Biltmore Program was implicitly a rejection of the proposal for a binational solution to the question of Arab-Jewish co-existence in Palestine. Sometimes you could also have the impression for some Europeans it was a nice plan to get all the Jews out of Europe, placing them all together in their own State, far away in the Middle East.
It looked sometimes that there was constituted a new Zionist “battleground” and that Washington would have the paramount say in the struggle for Jewish sovereignty. West Bank, Sinai Peninsula, Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights never seemed to get out of the news. After the Austerity Period (1948 – 1958) when food, clothes and furniture had to be rationed, they ended up with two million people, who wanted the sole right on the land.
One day,on 5 June 1967, we even thought World War III had started, and everywhere everything stopped to go in front of the television to watch the start of the Six-Day War. Israel launched a pre-emptive strike against Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Iraq. Jerusalem’s boundaries were enlarged, incorporating East Jerusalem, and the 1949 Green Line became the administrative boundary between Israel and the occupied territories.
Lots of talking and debate
Americans and Israelis talked about democracy, human rights, respect for other nations and human solidarity. Camp David Accords (1978) and the Israel–Egypt Peace Treaty (1979) could not bring the light or ending of the internal battles between Arabs, Palestinians and Israeli. The Basic Law: Jerusalem, the Capital of Israel, passed in 1980, was believed by some to reaffirm Israel’s 1967 annexation of Jerusalem by government decree and reignited international controversy over the status of the city.
Yasser Arafat, at the 2000 Camp David Summit, rejecting the plan for the establishment of a Palestinian state was a missed change to bring peace in the region. After the collapse of the talks and a controversial visit by Likud leader Ariel Sharon to the Temple Mount, the Second Intifada began.
Secular or religious Laws
The 1950ies was an age of dreamers and builders who sought to create a new world, one without prejudice, racism or discrimination.
Looking at how certain Jews react to other people you can wonder in how-far they are still God fearing people. In Torah there are enough writings in which God gives advice on how to treat others and how to behave in this world. Though they seem to forget that they as other creatures are allowed by God to live here on this earth.
“Listening to today’s political discourse, one can’t help but notice the radical change in tone.” does the opinion writer Burg finds. Also his children have watched their prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, kowtow to a fundamentalist coalition in Israel. They are convinced that what ties Israel and America today is not a covenant of humanistic values but rather a new set of mutual interests: war, bombs, threats, fear and trauma.
For me that is also what worries me most. I cannot resist thinking that many Jews who now live in Jerusalem and other parts of Palestine have long forgotten their original laws, which were given by the Creator of heaven and earth, who had given them the promise of the Holy Land to their and our patriarch Abraham. Either they do not believe that Jehovah, the God most High Almighty, Elohim Hashem is capable of bringing His promise into reality, or they do not trust Him and wants everything happening much faster than in Gods Plan. They should know more the design in the creation of the world and the promise of Worldpeace by the Creator. The world should trust God more and count on Gods hope, looking for blessed hope.
“Israel arose as a secular, social democratic country inspired by Western European democracies.” writes Burg. “With time, however, its core values have become entirely different. Israel today is a religious, capitalist state. Its religiosity is defined by the most extreme Orthodox interpretations.” Often enough we see those orthodox Jews bullying the other believers and non-Jews. More than once they find ways to provoke the gentiles and Arabians. Often they defy others with the weapons in their hands or by taking such a disrespectful attitude. Already for years they challenge the others to the fight, while nobody of the Western World wants to bring them to their senses.”
Children of the founders of the State
Avraham Burg his father was one of the founders of the state of Israel and of the National Religious Party. He was an enlightened rabbi and philosopher. I get the impression he could accept that to be a Jew was exactly like being an Italian, Frenchman or American and that the term “Jewish” could be national and secular.
Though the Zionist forefathers promised to make the Jews ‘people like other people’ which meant that they, in the first place, accepted that Jews weren’t like other people. Already in the early days of ‘secular’ Zionism, Jewish ethnicity stood as the collective bond.
According to me there lies one the fundamental problems with many of the younger generation. When I look at the documentaries made by Louis Theroux, visiting extreme right-wing Jews and interviewing Jewish immigrants, those newer inhabitants of the young state, take on a totally different view of the Israel than their founding fathers. Even converted Christians or ex non-believers who became Jew and found that they have to live in Palestine which should be only for the People of God, have lost all the Western democratic views and all of the Judeo-Christian values. They are far less open than the 1950-60s supporters. I also get the impression they do not fear God at all but fear a phantom enemy more than anything else.
Burg agrees that today, the meaning of “Jewish” in Israel is mainly ethnic and religious. “With the elevation of religious solidarity over and above democratic authority, Israel has become more fundamentalist and less modern, more separatist and less open to the outside world.” he says.
His father may have dreamed like many Jews and several Christians, that democracy was the only way to regulate the interests of many contradictory voices, but that a government could create a humane and safe place for Jews and gentiles.
Jewish Culture and Halakha
“Jewish culture, consolidated through Halakha, the religious Jewish legal tradition, created a civilization that has devoted itself to an unending conversation among different viewpoints and the coexistence of contradictory attitudes toward the fulfillment of the good.”
“The modern combination between democracy and Judaism was supposed to give birth to a spectacular, pluralistic kaleidoscope. The state would be a great, robust democracy that would protect Jews against persecution and victimhood. Jewish culture, on the other hand, with its uncompromising moral standards, would guard against our becoming persecutors and victimizers of others.”
Wanting to make Palestine an exclusive space for only Jews, makes it a place out of the world, but also demanding for problems because it has always to stay part of the world until the coming of the Messiah.
Walls and restrictions danger to democracy
Putting up all the borders and having everywhere control gates, are clearly showing that many of the Jewish people are not willing to accept others in their community.
Excluding non-Jews from Israeli public spaces should bring up the question why they do not exclude then the non-religious Jews from those places.
Graffiti in the streets demonstrates the hidden dreams of the rude and arrogant power brokers, some of whom hold senior positions in government: a pure Israel with “no Arabs” and “no gentiles.” But why do they not consider the non-religous Jews as gentiles either?
Its capitalism has erased much of the social solidarity of the past, with the exception of a few remaining vestiges of a welfare state. Israel defines itself as a “Jewish and democratic state.” However, because Israel has never created a system of checks and balances between these two sources of authority, they are closer than ever to a terrible clash.”
Jewish minority rules over a Palestinian majority between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea — controlling millions of people without political rights or basic legal standing, and the world seems to agree with it.
Many Jews started to allow killing other believers in God and some of them found it even enjoyable to kill in the name of Jews.
How did this happen? Where is that righteous Israel or that righteous America? Whatever happened to the good old Israel, holy for all Abrahamic religions including Judaism, Christianity, Islam and the Bahá’í Faith?
So many believers and followers of God did or do still have their hope in Israel, “Israel HaShlema”, the Holy Land, Kingdom of Israel, the Judea, or Kingdom of Jerusalem, Land of Israel (Eretz Yisrael or Ha’aretz), Zion, Retenu (Ancient Egyptian), Southern Syria, and Syria Palestina.
But it are the many Jews themselves who have gone far away from their God. It is secular Jewish politics that made the Israeli Jew into a plunderer of someone else’s land. It are the non-religious Jews who control the land and find their financial assets more important than the religious foundation of a “Holy Land”.
According to Burg there is another option: “an iconic conflict could also present an iconic solution. As in Northern Ireland or South Africa, where citizens no longer spill one another’s blood, it will eventually become clear that many Israelis are not willing to live in an ethnic democracy, not willing to give up on the chance to live in peace, not willing to be passive patriots of a country that expels or purifies itself of its minorities, who are the original inhabitants of the land.”
“Only on that day, after much anguish, boycotts and perhaps even bloodshed, will we understand that the only way for us to agree when we disagree is a true, vigorous democracy.” he writes in the New York Times. “A democracy based on a progressive, civil constitution; a democracy that enforces the distinction between ethnicity and citizenship, between synagogue and state; a democracy that upholds the values of freedom and equality, on the basis of which every single person living under Israel’s legitimate and internationally recognized sovereignty will receive the same rights and protections.”
As a simple mind, for me, the solution shall be there when more Jews recognise the Hand of God and when they are willing to put their trust more in Him. God is a god of his word. Whatever He promised He did or shall fulfil in His time schedule.
When the Jews shall follow more their Old Hebrew Laws, listening to the One who promised their Holy Land, and living according to those Laws given by God, they shall be able to accept others in their midst and would not have to fear for them.
As soon as they are willing to create a free state for all in which the government is willing to behave with fairness and equality toward all persons without prejudice based on religion, race or gender, than they will find that the gates of the whole world shall be willing to open to them. Their eyes should go open and to should return to the fundamentals or the principles on which Israel was founded and the values that bound Israel and America together in the past.
Israel, America, the European Union, should give hands and unite in the Judeo-Christian values, following Gods Law and having an open mind to other religions and cultures.
Humanism and Liberty should come in the forefront.
The debated article: Israel’s Fading Democracy
Deconstructing Avraham Burg
Jewish ethnicity stood as the collective bond. But this cement wasn’t geo-centric, it was actually racist. Jabotinsky and Nordau used biological determinist terminology: referring to race, blood and genes. Burg cannot deny that the 1948 expulsion of the Palestinians was driven by Jewish racist ideology. But, to some extent, Burg is also correct. I guess that his generation and mine as well could be seen as a fulfillment of the Zionist dream. We regarded ourselves as Israelis, we weren’t even Zionists. For us, Jewishness was a secondary matter. Some of us were religious, others weren’t, but we were all Israelis just because we were born in Israel. But then, as it seems, Israeliness wasn’t sufficient to sustain an Israeli collectivism. Something was clearly missing, and this is where the problem starts. Israel has never matured into a ‘state of its citizens’, it remained the ‘state of the Jews’.
Democracy is based on the vision of equal civil rights together with enlightened individualism, yet Judaism is fuelled by tribalism, choseness and the elimination of civil life in favour Hlachah law.
It could be argued that the early Zionists, who were largely anti-Jewish, did indeed try to form a Jewish state that would be free of most Jewish characteristics. But their dream did not prevail, Israel is Jewish; it is tribal, it is racist: it is the definitive Jewish ghetto. Israel and Zionism have nothing to do with enlightened humanism – probably for the same reason that Jews had no impact on the evolution of enlightenment.
Modern Jews, who number more than 13 million worldwide, are traditionally divided into various groups. They include Middle Eastern Jews, who live in Iraq, Iran, and other places in the Levant; Sephardic Jews from Spain and Portugal; Ashkenazi Jews from Europe, who comprise 90% of American Jews; North African Jews from Morocco, Algeria, and other countries north of the Sahara; Ethiopian Jews; and many other communities scattered across the globe. In the Bible, the roots of Jewishness reach back 4000 years to Abraham and his descendants. But historians have suggested the story of Jewishness is more complicated, and may not include a single ancestor. Some have even argued that most modern Jews are descended from converts to Judaism and don’t share genetic ties at all.
Recent studies have turned to DNA for answers. In 2010, human geneticist Harry Ostrer of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City and colleagues found that three of the major Jewish groups—the Middle Eastern, Sephardic, and Ashkenazi Jews—share a genetic connection going back more than 2000 years, and are more closely related to each other than to nearby non-Jewish groups. Genetic ties within each of the groups were even closer, about the equivalent of fourth or fifth cousins. But that study didn’t include North African Jews, who represent the world’s second largest Jewish population, or any groups whose claim to Jewishness has been controversial, such as Ethiopian Jews.
Identifying the genetic component of Jewishness—though controversial because the Holocaust was predicated on the idea that Jewishness was a genetic trait that could be eliminated from the German population—could have medical as well as historical value, Tishkoff adds, because many Jewish populations have high incidences of genetic disease. Knowing more about the groups’ biological makeup could enable doctors to provide more informed genetic counseling to Jewish couples, or better personalize courses of treatment. Tishkoff notes that the little-studied Jewish populations of India, sub-Saharan Africa, China, and Burma weren’t examined in the latest analysis. Ostrer says his team plans to include their DNA in a future study to complete what he calls “the tapestry of Jewishness.”
Thus those who are religious and identify themselves as Jews would have been more likely to marry other Jews, rather than non-Jews.
On the other hand, those who were not religious and who were more willing to integrate into the surrounding population, would be less likely to identify with Judaism and would simply disappear into the larger population after a few generation.
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- If almost 98% of JEWS we know today are NOT semitic, wouldn’t the term ANTI-SEMITIC be null and void? I made this video with 3 Jewish friends who admit they are not Semites!!!!
“Many [modern-day Jews] of whom have clamored to go back [to Palestine] NEVER had antecedents [physical ancestors] in that part of the world …. The OVERWHELMING majority of Jews are descendants from the converts of Khazaria and elsewhere who ADOPTED Judaism…. This VIEW of the NON-ethnicity of the largest portion of Jewry IS SUSTAINED by such prominent anthropologists as Ripley, Weissenberg, Hertz, Boas, Pittard, Fishberg, Mead and others. . “
– Dr. Alfred M. Lilienthal
“… Though many Jews are NOT of Semitic origin, we are the religious, spiritual, and national [but NOT genetic] descendants of those who first formed the early foundations of Judaism who were Semites”
– Rabbi Cyril A. Stanway in “Viewpoints,” Thursday, November 8, 1990, in the Sun-News (Las Cruces, New Mexico)
“. . these Eastern European, Yiddish-speaking Jews who form the Zionist group practically in toto [almost entirely], have NEITHER a geographic, historic NOR ethnic connection with either the Jews [Israelite Judahites] of the Old Testament OR the land known today as Palestine. “
– Jewish Dr. Benjamin H. Freedman, published by the National Economic Council, Inc. as “Council Letter No. 177 (October 15, 1947)
- Modern Judaism is not the religion of the Bible! See here!
- Modern Ashkenazi Jews are not the Jews of the Bible! God’s covenant was with Abraham and his biological descendents. Ashkenazi Jews are not semitic and their ancestors were never in Palestine. They are not the descendents of Abraham/Isaac/Israel. They have no right to stay in Palestine. What the Zionists are doing to the Palestinians is called: genocide and ethnic cleansing! Zionist ’666′ Israel is not the Israel of the Bible! It is a LIE!
- If almost 98% of JEWS we know today are NOT semitic, wouldn’t the term ANTI-SEMITIC be null and void? I made this video with 3 Jewish friends who admit they are not Semites!!!!
- Extending the Scope of Zionist Self-criticism (dissidentvoice.org)
I would argue that the American Jewish Lobby pushes for policies that serve what it believes to be ‘good for the Jews’. AIPAC is not interested in ‘American values’ and has certainly never been concerned with humanism either. The Lobby is concerned solely with Jewish interests and, as such, is pretty successful in enslaving America to its power.
Jabotinsky and Nordau used biological determinist terminology: referring to race, blood and genes. Burg cannot deny that the 1948 expulsion of the Palestinians was driven by Jewish racist ideology.
- James de Rothschild’s pleas for fair Jewish immigration to Palestine, 1935 (ifaynsh.wordpress.com)
Another amazing find from the archives of British Parliament debates, where James Armand de Rothschild is describing how there are many illegal Arab immigrants to Palestine at the time that there were increasing restrictions on Jewish immigration, on the eve of the destruction of European Jewry. Note how he says that there are no restrictions on Arabs traveling from Transjordan to Palestine.
Jewish immigration has always proved manna to the native Arab. It has meant more work and more money for him. I wish to criticise the Palestine administration for permitting immigration from neighbouring Asiatic countries while restricting Jewish immigration.
- Israel, Jews, Christians and GIs betrayed (wnd.com)
self-hating Jews, in addition to anti-Semites from other walks of life, have throughout history been among the worst enemies of the Jewish people.
President Barack Hussein Obama and his anti-Semitic and anti-Christian minions have cleverly fashioned a coalition of “Rabbis for Obama,” led by rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, as obvious cover for his not too latent anti-Semitism, hostile actions toward Israel and the political fallout among those concerned Jews who previously voted for Obama. In response, the Republican Jewish Coalition, or RJC, predictably issued a press release titled, “Obama Campaign Embraces Radical Rabbi: She Meets with Ahmadinejad, Travels to Iran, Serves on the Board of Organization ADL Calls A ‘Top Ten Anti-Israel Group.’”
But Republicans have not only been weak in opposing Obama on Israel and Iran and blunting his anti-Semitic and anti-Christian actions in general, they also furthered the interests of Iran during the presidency of George W. Bush. Just last Sunday, it was reported by the New York Times and others that the Shiite government of Iraq, through Iraqi banks and other institutions, has been aiding and abetting Iran to evade U.S. and U.N. sanctions
Not only Israel, but American Jews, Christians and even our brave servicemen have been sold out by the establishments of both political parties. And now all of us are on the verge of even paying a greater price for their actions and inactions.
- Jews You Don’t See Demonstrating AGAINST Israel & Brutally Beaten (hasnain.wordpress.com)
We’re not allowed to steal. We’re not allowed to kill. So all that is being done to the Palestinian people is forbidden by the Torah. We also want the people of Palestine to know, and the people who are in Lebanon and wherever they’re suffering because of this Zionist entity called the “State of Israel,” that there is Jewish people who stand up since day one, since the State of Israel came to being and even prior to that when they started making their attempts for a state, the Jewish people stood up and demonstrated and were murdered. And we kept on demonstrating and we will never stop demonstrating.
Jews have been repeatedly demonstrating against the State of Israel and the mainstream media has been repeatedly suppressing their demonstrations.
Most Americans are not seeing these Jews demonstrating against Israel, because media isn’t showing most Americans the demonstrations.
although the Zionists try to portray to the world that the Jews are supporting them, the truth is that the ones that are true to the Torah, invariably the more religious around the world, have stood since Zionism came about until today, stand in total opposition to the existence of the state and to the crimes that they perpetrate against the people.
The Media also keeps most Americans in the dark about the fact that Zionist Jews brutalize good Jews who dare protest against Israel.
It’s clear why the powers that be don’t want you to see anti-Zionist Jews: Because they’re too revealing, what they say exposes the Zionism for what it is.
The extreme suppression of Jews who protest against Israel is another example of mainstream media’s manipulation of the American people. Please click here to see what Rabbi Weiss has to say about their demonstrations and how Zionist Jews physically attack them.
- The Zionist-Nazi Collaboration (dissidentvoice.org)
Both Nazism and Zionism arose in tandem from small insignificant social movements in the early part of the 20th century, arguing, with equal force, that Jews were an alien and indigestible mass living in the midst of an otherwise pure Aryan population. Both movements contributed to the more general acceptance of this argument in Europe, and particularly in Germany, as mid-century approached, and both have to be responsible for the consequences.
The understanding of Herzl, as well as the Zionists, about the inevitability of anti-Semitism was possibly self-fulfilling, for rather than opposing anti-Semitism in the first half of the 20th century, the Zionists found common cause with Hitler, Eichmann, and the Nazis and used anti-Semitism and Nazism as a means of achieving their end which was the establishment of a Jewish state.
- Getting away with anti-Semitism (ynetnews.com)
This is the story of how Ingmar Karlsson, a former top diplomat and a prominent member of Swedish society, has managed to get away with anti-Semitic forgeries – in a new book on Zionism – and his undemocratic attempts to silence critics. The story needs to be considered against the backdrop of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish prejudice in the country.
Speaking on Radio Sweden about his book, Karlsson proposed “Arafat’s democracy” with “an Arab majority” as the preferable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Freelance journalist Anna Ekström mentioned that considering the level of anti-Semitism in the region, a Jewish minority in Palestine would be in danger of genocide.
Karlsson disapproved, accused her of defamation and asked for Ekström’s personal contact information. When her editors refused to share it, he spread the theory that she did not exist, but was a cover-name for a Zionist conspiracy.
A former Radio Sweden Middle East correspondent supported him, claiming that Karlsson’s critics were the marionettes of a leader of “the chosen people.” In a follow-up interview by an ultranationalist racist publication, Karlsson said that he was looking for Ekström. Not unexpectedly, readers willingly assisted in the witch-hunt. The myth went viral on extremist sites and Ekström was threatened. Karlsson has not, however, sued Ekström for anything.
- Humiliation: Israel’s Harsh Restrictions on Palestinian Prayer! (socioecohistory.wordpress.com)
The Bible specifically forbids the ill-treatment of people different from us ie: strangers. What Zionist ’666′ Israel does to the Palestinians is called: genocide and ethnic cleansing! Zionist ’666′ Israel is in total violation of God’s law!66 !!!