Can we really separate Judaism from Zionism?
By Ibrahim Alloush
Any which way you look at it, Judaism and Zionism cannot be really separated from one another. Zionism is not a misinterpretation of Judaism, it is rather the distilled essence of mainstream Judaism. When Marx shredded Judaism to pieces in his On the Jewish Question, the term 'Zionism' wasn't even in circulation. Marx considered Judaism, as representative of what he called the 'practical Jew', a parasitic predatory ideology that befits capitalism in its decaying phase.
And regardless of what Judaic racial teachings drawn from the Torah and Talmud might claim, Judaism is essentially doctrine and practice, not a race or nationality. Therefore, being born of Jewish parents is not the same as being part of Judaism. It follows that the critique of Judaism does not imply hostility to some mythical "Jewish race", since Judaism is neither race nor nationalism.
Indeed, Judaism is the culture of parasitic predation that was incubated in the isolation of Ghettos. It's also marked by its supra-national character, sniffing down upon any national allegiance. Hence, it's no wonder that globalism brought with it the globalization of the Hollowcause as a post-modern secular fetish. Globalization is essentially about the hegemony of non-productive financial capital, and usury, so globalization meant that the world was also turning Jewish. It's also no wonder that anti-Judaism, as secular anti-Zionism or as anti-Jewish religious fundamentalism (be it Christian or Muslim) has become a staple of national liberation movements worldwide.
As Arabs, we cannot be unaware of the fact that the two basic tenets of Zionism are to be found in Judaism. The concept of 'divine promise' where Yahweh allegedly doles out our Arab Palestine to the Jew is the first of these tenets justifying the usurpation of Palestine . The second of these tenets is of course the concept of 'chosen people' where the Jew is granted privilege over the goyim, that is, non-Jews.
Israel Shahak in his Jewish History, Jewish Religion, the Weight of Three Thousand Years provided ample evidence showing how the brutality practiced by occupation forces and Jewish colonists against Palestinian Arabs was sanctioned by religious law from Rabbis on the basis of scriptures calling for the abuse and mistreatment of the goyim.
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Therefore, one truly cannot possibly separate Judaism and Zionism, especially if one is Palestinian Arab. And more and more, the two cannot be separated if you're a world citizen being engulfed by globalism, that is, the hegemony of non-productive capitalistic exploitation, therefore, Jewish mores.
Consequently, 'anti-Zionism' should be left to the politically-correct, because being truly anti-Zionist necessarily entails being anti-Judaic.
Moreover, it's true that anyone, Jewish or not, who supports the right of "
Israel " to exist, and who justifies the power of Jewish elites in his country
or worldwide is essentially pro-Zionist. It's also true that there would
have been imperialism even if there were no Zionism, and that Zionism would not
have thrived so well without imperialism. Yet all that does not affect the
main point here which is that Zionism and Judaism cannot possibly be separated
from one another.