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Life as Israel’s Hostage—Abba Solomon

...or when will Palestinian dispossession be reckoned in the Diaspora?

The American Jewish Committee placed a two-page ad in the June 6 Wall Street Journal, signed by European and American mayors, condemning action against Jews as a method of fighting the Jewish nationalist government in Palestine. The mayors signed a pledge which includes promises to:

Condemn anti-Jewish hatred, in all its forms;
Reject the notion that anti-Semitic acts, while sometimes carried out in the name of a political cause, may ever be justified or excused by one’s opinions about the actions or existence of the State of Israel…

The irony of warning against such conflation in muddy verbiage by the AJC is that at the time of the partition of Palestine, members of the AJC knew that to create a “Jewish” army and government would put Jews of the world –“diaspora” Jews– in a false position of association with a new, militarily assertive nationality.

Explicitly, future Israeli foreign minister Moshe Shertok (to become the Hebraicized Moshe Sharett) in March 1948 said to UN Security Council members that the existence of so many “Jewish hostages throughout the world” would be a guarantee of the good behavior of the “Jewish” state in Palestine towards Arabs after implementation of partition. (At the time, the AJC was a non-Zionist organization and was particularly apprehensive how Zionist plans would damage the standing of Jews, citizens of Arab countries particularly.)

There’s something of bailing the sea with a thimble in this AJC effort.

Every day the world sees abuse of non-Jews by the “Jewish state.” The AJC resolutely turns away from the realities of power in Israel-controlled land, and returns to its old school education efforts against “anti-Semitism.”

Every day the world sees abuse of non-Jews by the “Jewish state.” The AJC resolutely turns away from the realities of power in Israel-controlled land, and returns to its old school education efforts against “anti-Semitism.”

Israel’s actions are premised on the idea that Israel acts in the interests of The Jewish People. If the premier Jewish American organization does not explicitly disavow that claim, as
they were once careful to, at least they should accept in good humor that we are hostages to Israel’s “good behavior,” or lack of it, to Arabs.

There is no shortage of documentation of what Zionist planning intended. That the organized Jewish community does not recognize this does not conceal the truth from Zionism’s Palestinian targets though it does have Jews imagining that implacable Jew hatred is the reason for resistance to the Zionist dream.

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In December 2013, while visiting Israel, Secretary of State John Kerry affirmed that “the bond between the United States and Israel is unbreakable.”

Two days later, on Dec. 7 at a Saban Center gathering in Washington, Kerry joined with President Obama in paying tribute to the idea of a nation for Jews. Obama endorsed the goal of protecting “Israel as a Jewish state.”

For his part, Kerry addressed Israeli ethnic anxiety by urging that Israel heed U.S. advice for withdrawal from some territory, to defuse what he called the “demographic time bomb”—non-Jewish births—threatening the existence of a “Jewish and democratic” state.

American Zionist moneybags Haim Saban and Sheldon Adelson pledge their fortunes to ensure no American candidates cross Israel.

That the organized Jewish community persists in the bad faith pretense of innocence attenuates us from our genuine selves and from whatever moral mission allowed the persistence of our identity to this day.

A phenomenon of Jewish belief is that we’re ever falsely blamed for supposed “Jewish” crimes. “In every generation they rise up against us to destroy us,” says the Hagaddah used in Pesach.

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The Talmud states that all Jews are responsible for each other. That adage, Kol Yisrael Arevim Zeh Bazeh, is multifunctional: Responsible to aid and guide each other, and also it seems, in the way of the world, responsible for each other’s conduct/crimes.

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