Prior to the enlightenment, Some Jews lived in self-contained communities under rabbinical control. Israel Shahak (an Israeli scholar) stated “Prior to the creation of modern Israel, observance of religious law was the most important social reality in the lives of Jews” The religion governed all aspects of the lives of Jews.
The Lurianic Kabbalah dominated Judaism from the 16th to the early 19th century. As with most religions it proposed the absolute superiority of its own soul and body to the non in-group soul and body. But the enlightenment began to impact on the absolute rabbinical dictatorship and undermine it.
As the tenets of Orthodox Judaism came under pressure, the Rabbis feared cultural collapse so they began to look around for an idea to keep secularism at bay.
In 1861 Zvi Hirsch Kalischer published “Quest for Zion” which advocated reclaiming the holy land without waiting for the Messiah. This idea quickly gained traction, albeit it became a nationalist movement to boot. Ironically many of the native Palestinian Jews (who had lived with the Arabs for centuries) opposed this new European movement, realising that a large influx of European Jews would be horribly destabilising. Some local Jews were actually assassinated by local militias for opposing Zionism.
Now it is true that many Jews bought land in the region. Sadly this does not give anyone the right to form their own country (otherwise my house would be the anarchic republic of SAoT).
Now we come to Theodor Herzl, the father of modern political Zionism. He was highly critical of assimilated Jews who refused to commit to the idea and move to Palestine. Many of the early emigrees were poor Jews from Eastern Europe, far fewer were from Western Europe. The increasing immigration began to cause problems. These problems were exacerbated by racist crackpots like the chief Rabbi of Palestine between 1920 and 1935 Abraham Kook who said “The difference between a Jewish soul and the soul of non-Jews…is greater and deeper than the difference between a human soul and the souls of cattle” There are a number of fundamentalist Jews in Israel today. As recently as 2009 an Israeli Rabbi published Kings Torah, a manual which provided religious justifications for killing non-Jews. The book states “the justification for killing babies is clear, if they will grow up to harm us” The Talmudic encyclopaedia states that if a Jew has coitus with a non Jewish female, even if she is a child of three, she must be killed. This is mind-blowing stuff. Muslim fundamentalism is known and rightly condemned. Jewish religious lunacy is largely unknown outside Israel.
In 1895 Herzl wrote “we shall endeavour to expel the poor population across the border”
In 1916 the UK was in trouble in the war with the central powers. They needed Jewish money and influence to get the US into the war. On November 2nd 1917, the Balfour declaration set in motion events that would lead to the creation of modern Israel. As early as 1919 the King-Crane commission recognised that Zionists wanted complete dispossession of the non-Jewish residents of Palestine, (then around 90% of the entire population). Rioting started in 1920. In 1936 Arabs protesting against unrestrained immigration to Palestine by Jews were threatened with martial law by the British. A three year revolt was ultimately crushed by the British army. It is thought that around 5,000 Arabs were killed during this time.
Despite being only 30% of the population in 1947, the creation of Israel gave the Jews 56% of the territory (while owning only 6% of the land at the time).
In December 1947 Plan Dalet was implemented, as the Jewish army began to attack Arab settlements. The massacre at Deir Yassin is particularly vile. Around 500 villages were burned. Since 1946 Palestine has lost 75% of its territory. Funny how no-one ever talks about this when they talk about the 1948 Arab attack.
And here are the modern day results, but hey, this is what civilisation brings you, after all they make Intel chips and are given F-16’s by the Americans. And it’s all the fault of Hamas anyway right?
If you defend this slaughter, you are truly a monster. Is it the road to peace?