Why Zionism Is Racism
Zionism is a racist and irredeemable movement, like
Bolshevism, Nazism, and Apartheid.
Posted: 11 Rabi-u-Thani 1422, 3 July 2001
(Note: This article is a direct response, using the same format, on a line by line
basis, to an editorial that appeared in the Montreal Gazette on April 26, 2001, written by
Gil Troy, a Professor of History at McGill University.)
On this, the 53rd anniversary of the Nakbe' (the Catastrophe of the Palestinian
people), it is all too tempting for friend and foe alike to define Israel, and zionism,
solely by the Americans' proclamations of its enlightened democracy. To do so is to miss
the normal atrocities that occur in Israel daily, the millions who are under curfew and
blockade, starving and brutalized, in the Middle East's only colonized state. To do so is
to feign the reality of zionism, a racist and irredeemable movement, that survived the
twentieth centuries' other genocidal and seemingly passing revolutions such as Bolshevism,
Nazism, and Apartheid.
A century ago, zionism extended Western
colonialism to Palestine.
The sad truth is that over a century after its founding, zionism seems to be grander
and more honorable than its reality. Arabs have suffered from Zionism's belligerence and
exclusivity, and many have blamed the United States, and the West, for this because of
their unshakeable support of zionism. Israeli aggression over the past seven months has
finally renewed international recognition that zionism is racism.
On this anniversary of the Nabke', it is now up to all Jews to follow in the footsteps
of the brave few, and denounce the racist and separatist nature of zionism, while the
world should encourage them to do so. The world should not allow the torchbearers of
zionism to silence and quell the idealism of these few. No nationalism is pure, no
movement is perfect, no state is ideal, but today, Zionism persists as a menace, a
militaristic and dictatory movement to me and to most Palestinians. A century ago, zionism
extended Western colonialism to Palestine; today, as in the rest of the world, colonialism
must be ideologically purged from Palestine.
I believe that zionism is racism, because 53 years after being exiled from their
homeland, in defiance of the four Geneva Conventions, UN Resolutions 181, 194, 242, 338,
and others, and other multilateral and international human rights conventions, including
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the disinherited refugees of Palestine,
continue to endure merciless punishment from the Zionist entity, most recently in the
bulldozing of makeshift homes in the Khan Younis refugee camp in Gaza.
I believe that zionism is racism, because I am a Palestinian, and without recognizing
the colonialist component in zionism, I cannot explain its racist character, a western
movement uprooting the native peoples of Palestine, Muslim, Christian, Jew, Samaritan
alike, a people bound to their land, through centuries of raising orange groves, and
herding sheep, lending grace to the Hills of God, historically, religiously and
I believe that zionism is racism, because it fails to appreciate or acknowledge the
Palestinians' ties to their homeland, their love for their historical capital, Jerusalem,
and the 53-yar plight they have endured as refugees worldwide, in Europe, in North
America, in camps Dheishe, Shatila, Wehdaat and others, never giving up hope or struggle
in yearning to return home.
I believe that zionism is racism, because it fails to admit the reality that the
minority indigenous Jewish community in Palestine, that lived there for the last two
thousand years, was an undistinguishable people from its Christian and Muslim Palestinian
brethren, and that the leader of the Jewish community of the Jewish quarter of Old
Jerusalem, Rabbi Lamram Blau, stood on the side of his Palestinian brothers and sisters
being exiled in 1948.
I believe that zionism is racism because in modern times, the promise of liberal
democracy and justice is a double-edged sword, preached by the Western powers, yet only
paid lip-service to in the case of Israel, where Palestinian are continuously expelled,
ethnically cleansed, and subjugated, and in the cases where they are assimilated, they are
granted, limited, if any, civil rights.
I believe that zionism is racism, because in establishing the racially exclusive state
of Israel, in 1948, and expelling the indigenous Palestinians from the land, the zionists
severed a relationship that people had to the land for over 4,000 years, uninterrupted,
since before Abraham.
I believe that zionism is racism, because in building Israel, the zionists were
revising history, embracing the notion of racial superiority, an ideology that has
empowered them to discriminate, with all of its associated social ills, injustices, and
I believe that zionism is racism because it fails to distinguish between the
nationalism of the American, based on multi-cultural harmony, and the racial exclusivity,
separatism, ethnic cleansing, and brutality of zionism, that stands in clear violation of
the most basic elements of international law and human rights practices, as most recently
highlighted by reports issued by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.
I believe that zionism is racism because in our world of post-modern identities, I know
that we do not have to be "either-ors", we can be "ands and buts"
a zionist and a settler, an American citizen of Polish heritage but a soldier in
the Israeli army.
I believe that zionism is racism because it self-propagates itself as a democratic
movement. However, a democracy, cannot, by definition, only be representative of one
community in a bi-national and tri-religious contiguous geographic area. A democracy
cannot exist for one people and not for another. This as called Apartheid in South Africa,
and is now called zionism in Palestine.
I believe that zionism is racism, because it espouses an independent and sovereign
Jewish state, in a land where there is no Jewish majority. It espouses that such a
sovereign state be at peace and harmony with its neighbors without allowing the
Palestinian refugees dwelling within their borders, who were expelled from their homes in
Palestine by zionist militias, as is clearly documented by numerous sources including the
memoirs of David-Ben Gurion himself, to return to their homes, which is a basic human
right guaranteed by Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
I believe that zionism is racism because it is presented by its champions, from Gil
Troy to Elie Wiesel, as a romantic movement, which allowed zionists to reclaim the desert
and build a model nation-state. This is racism at its most acute, since there was no
desert in Palestine, other than the Negev in the South. This is simply a myth that has
been propagated by racists who have supported Israel for the last 53 years, and economic
data on agricultural exports to Europe from Palestine dating to medieval times easily
rejects and exposes this as a blasphemous claim.
Yes, it sounds far-fetched today. But as Vladamir Jabotinsky, father of revisionist
zionism said in a racist boast in 1923, "There can be no discussion of a voluntary
reconciliation between us and the Arabs
Any native people
view their country as
their national home
They will not voluntarily allow, not only a new master, but even
a new partner
Colonization can have only one goal. For the Palestinian Arabs this
goal is inadmissible. This is in the nature of things. To change that nature is
colonization can, therefore, continue and develop only under the
protection of a force independent of the local population - an iron wall which the native
population cannot break through. This is, in toto, our policy towards the Arabs. To
formulate it any other way would only be hypocrisy."
And thus, Gil Troy and zionists abound are exposed as nothing more than unabashed
[Mr. Rabee' Sahyoun is a economic development policy researcher, human rights
activist, and columnist residing in Beirut, Lebanon. He is affiliated with the global
grassroots Palestine Right To Return Coalition.]