|archive 9: May 10, 2005
Zionism and Judaism = Apples and Rocks
|Zionism And Judaism...It's Like Comparing Apples and Rocks
As a young person, I was taught that there are three things one must never discuss...... politics, religion and sex. My response was "what else is there to talk about?" I have always found those topics interesting to study, question and discuss.
I call myself a "truth seeker," and my pursuit of truth has led me down some long and winding roads. I was born of Jewish parents, became an atheist in my late teens (it seemed so hip) and ultimately became immersed in psychology. From the readings of Carl Jung, it was a short hop into the realm of metaphysics. My metaphysical pursuits led me to Hinduism where I experienced Shaktipat with a Guru. Next came Buddhism, which, although peace loving, lacked the passion I craved. Eventually, a book about Vedanta introduced me to Jesus Christ.
As a child of Jewish parents, the mention of the name Jesus had been verboten. This was, in part, because my mother had been raised in a neighborhood in which part of the celebration of Easter included throwing stones at my mother and her family and calling them "Christ killers" However, I had not had my mother's experience. The Christ according to Vedanta was a loving being.
I took to the words of Jesus and was baptized in 1991. Christianity was fine until you got past the teachings of Jesus and entered the realm of Paul's "hell fire and brimstone." The "exclusivity" of the religion and the need to chapter and verse people over the head with two by fours, sent me running from the church.
The Wiccan religion was probably my favorite. It was a nature loving teaching with magical content. I did the readings and participated in some rituals. And yet, at the end of the day, I am a solitary practitioner, practicing nothing. I have eaten the center of the Oreo and tossed the outer parts into the recyclable bin. Most isms hold no spell over me. I believe in a loving Creator but that is where my belief ends. And, if I should one day find that I am wrong, I will merely place the disillusion in the large pile which has gone before. After all, who wants to live in illusion?
Growing up, I had always heard that Israel was a Jewish refuge.....a homeland for people who had been oppressed for centuries. Israel, I'd been told, was a democracy, a little good guy surrounded by a pack of big bad guys who were hell bent on driving the innocent state into the sea.
"Why?" I asked.
The answer was muffled. It was something about jealousy and anti-Semitism. My gray matter descended into a fog of distortions and divisiveness. I remained innocent.
This myth of innocence began to unravel when, I began reading The Spotlight. Don't ask my why, but it touched a nerve. Call it intuition if you like, but something in that paper rang true. I was appalled by the efforts, of some, to silence that voice, since, in my innocence, I still believed in "freedom of the press." However, "the powers that be" must have been successful and The Spotlight dimmed.
Enter the Internet. Family and friends tell me that I have too intimate a relationship with the Net. I spend a great deal of my leisure time surfing the web. I read "controversial" sites and listen attentively to Internet broadcasts. It is here that my innocence was lost. I am no longer a political virgin.
My myth of Israel was shattered. Through such Jewish voices as Ralph Schoenman, Norman Finkelstein and Lenni Brenner, (three courageous Jewish writers) a whole new picture of the "homeland" was emerging. I read the "Hidden History of Zionism" by Ralph Schoenman and "The Holocaust Industry" by Norman Finkelstein. I began researching the writings of Lenni Brenner and attended a meeting at which he spoke.
In addition, I listened to the lectures of the late Edward Said. I was learning that Zionism was a dangerous geo-political movement and the part that the Rothschilds had played in establishing the state of Israel. I was learning about the Rothschilds' unholy relationship with the Nazis. I was learning about the atrocities that were being perpetrated on the Palestinians. I wondered "How could people who had suffered so much turn around and do the same thing to the people who were living on that land long before their arrival?" I was questioning everything I had been taught.
According to Lenni Brenner's book, Zionism in the Age of Dictators (Ch7) the Zionist party was the only other political party in Nazi Germany that enjoyed a measure of freedom, and could publish a newspaper. The reason: Zionists and Nazis had a common interest, making German Jews go to Palestine. http://www.marxists.de/middleeast/brenner/ch07.htm
Another example from Brenner's book (Chapters 24 & 25) tells how the World Zionist Organization in Switzerland turned their backs on the Jews' cries for help. The Zionists sacrificed their brethren.
The quote reads:
"For instance, in November 1942, Rabbi Michael Dov-Ber Weismandel, a Jewish activist in Slovakia approached Adolph Eichmann's representative, Dieter Wisliceny: "How much money would be needed for all the European Jews to be saved?" Wisliceny went to Berlin and returned with an answer. For a mere 2 million dollars, they could have all the Jews in Western Europe and the Balkans. Weismandel sent a courier to the World Zionist Organization in Switzerland. His request was refused."
The Zionists knew that "unless large amounts of Jewish blood is spilled, we won't be able to establish the state of Israel nearly as easily after the war."
Zionism, as we see now, has had disastrous consequences for both the Jews and the indigenous Arabs. And now, there are dire consequences for the whole world.
How many Jews are aware of what is going on in Israel? How many Jews are aware of how they have been and are being duped. Since I interface with many different types of people, all shapes and colors and ethnicities, I have always been curious as to their perception of events.
I teach some Orthodox Jewish piano students. Occasionally, I will get into a political discussion with the parents. My purpose is to understand their point of view. I was quite surprised when one of them told me about the huge split in the Orthodox (not Hasidic,) community.
"There is an extremely large segment who are anti-Israel," according to Mrs. L. and she is heartsick about what is going on in the Middle East. She agreed that it was a land grab was going to hurt the Jews in the long run. She said “We pray all the time.”
Last October, my son hit a young Hasidic girl with his car. (or should I say, more accurately, MY car) The little girl was not hurt, but a lengthy dialogue between the Hasidic mother and myself ensued. She invited me to lunch. This woman is a member of the Satmar sect and is vehemently opposed to Israel.
In September of this year, a refusenick" named Adam Keller spoke at the local College. He had been jailed for refusing to fight in the occupied territory and said that he wouldn't even spit on Ariel Sharon. (there are many who might disagree with this last sentence)
Some of my friends have discussed the innate problem with Judaism and the implicit racism therein. I am avoiding this topic because, in my experience, "feeling superior" is a disease that has infected many groups of people. I am sitting in a country that slaughtered millions of indigenous peoples and claimed land that was not ours. I am sitting in a country that feels it is the best country and has the right to march boldly onto foreign soil and take the resources of other lands. "Feeling superior" is an egoic disorder that is pandemic.
The Jewish people are an extremely mixed group. The cultural Jews (whose only relationship with the religion seems to be around holiday time) seem pro Israel although they don't know why. The ones I have listened to have no knowledge of the Talmud nor do they feel "chosen" When you scratch the surface, you occasionally find a scared person hiding underneath. They have been brainwashed into believing that there is an anti-Semite under every rock and Israel is a safe refuge.
Among the varied groups, one often finds enmity. A few years back, the news ran an interview with an Orthodox Rabbi who had made a statement that the modern Jews were not Jews at all. It was not well received.
Anyone who listens to the mainstream media thinks that Israel is a helpless country who has to be constantly on guard against terrorist threats. Loudmouth talk show hosts screech about suicide bombers while never mentioning Israeli crimes. Through the effective use of "fear" and the virtual media blackout, people are kept in darkness. People have swallowed and choked on a veritable feast of lies.
I watched a video called "Palestine is Still the Issue" by John Pilger. It showed the abominable conditions under which the Palestinians live and the subhuman way in which they are treated. A Jewish man, who had lost his daughter to a suicide bomber, though devastated, told the host that he understood the frustration of the Palestinians. Why has this documentary never been shown on network television?
Friends of mine refer to the Babylonian Talmud with its philosophy of superiority. I have read some of it online and am appalled by it. I am angered by the phrase "the chosen people." I don't know why certain Jewish people would feel "chosen" and my question would be "chosen for what?"
I asked an Orthodox female Doctor about a line in the Talmud which stated that it is preferable for Jews to lie down with animals than with non Jews. However, this woman asked "How could that be?" "Abraham was commanded to lie down with Hagar?"
In April of 2005, I read an article in a Neutrei Karta Newsletter. A group of Orthodox Jewish people were brutalized by Israeli police during a peaceful demonstration. They were demonstrating against the desecration of their cemeteries.
The group, known for being outspokenly critical of the State of Israel and its very existence were peacefully demonstrating at the time. This attack follows a long history of violence against the Orthodox Jewish community.
Consistent with fundamental Jewish beliefs, some of these protesters often take part in demonstrations, side by side with Palestinians, against the State of Israel and its inhuman policies toward the Palestinian people." The apparent strategy of using organized violence through private security personnel against these peaceful protesters is only one of many tactics used by the State of Israel to intimidate and discourage further protests. The police were nowhere to be found at the time or even hours after the melee. Several Rabbis and children were attacked with electric stun gun devices and knives, requiring some to be hospitalized.
Among the injured were Rabbi Leibl Deutsch and Rabbi Yisroel Rothchild, both of Jerusalem who were stabbed in the lower back and leg respectively. The Jewish cemetery at the heart of the incident dates back to the Second Temple era, over 2000 years ago. Some of the caves that comprise the cemetery have been destroyed as a result of the ongoing highway work and there are heightened fears of further desecration as the highway project continues unabated.>>
So who are the Jewish people? I have described a diverse group who seem to have as many differences as similarities? The only connecting thread appears to be their Judaism, a word without a clear definition.
At the end of the day, the people I call "friend" come from many diverse families of origin. They do, however, have one thing in common. They have distanced themselves from "Organized Religion" Anything that divides …weakens. Organized religion’s divisiveness is repugnant. Its history is bloody. And the "God loves me more than He loves you" mindset is infantile at best, and homicidal at worst.
Copyright Judy Andreas 2005