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Excellent history of the development of the Zionist State including its apartheid policies.  The question is not what have the Palestinians done, but rather what would have likely occurred if Israel wasn’t a Zionist (religious) state but rather one which from the start was democratic and didn’t treat Moslems as 2nd class citizens.--jk 


From Green Left Weekly, August 30, 2006.
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Zionist state the root cause of Mideast conflict

Rupen Savoulian

The Israeli and US ruling elites are exchanging bitter recriminations over the failure of Israel’s four-week mass bombing campaign to destroy Lebanon’s Hezbollah-led resistance movement. The August 16 Tel Aviv Haaretz carried an article entitled “Israel should pack up and go”, which argued: “If Israel can exist only by destroying the neighborhood, then it's time to declare it a failed state. The Zionist dream has turned into a nightmare and is not viable. If the future holds more of the same, then the time has come to reconsider the whole project.”

The Zionist project began in late 19th century Europe. Theodore Herzl, the Austrian founder of the modern Zionist movement in the late 1890s, proclaimed that Palestine was the ancestral home of the Jews and therefore would be the perfect place to construct a “Jewish homeland”. He espoused the myth of “a land without a people for a people without a land”.

Denying the existence of a Palestinian nation is one of the founding myths of the Zionist movement. The other is that Jews everywhere throughout the world constituted a nation with permanent and exclusive rights to Palestine.

While Zionists claim their political movement is based upon a religious tradition linking the Jews to the ancient kingdoms of Israel and Judah, modern Zionism is a nationalistic colonial movement aimed at expropriating Arab land for Jewish settlers.

Palestine was not an empty land. A Zionist state for the Jews in Palestine could only be established at the expense of the already existing Arabic-speaking population. The very concept of the Zionist state was based upon a profoundly undemocratic principle — the denial of the rights of non-Jews already living there.

Herzl's book The Jewish State, published in 1896, launched the Zionist political movement and he established and led the World Zionist Organisation, founded in 1897, as the instrument to achieve a Jewish state. He initially discussed the possibility of setting up such a state in Uganda, then ruled by Britain. It was only later that Herzl sought to establish a Zionist state in Palestine.

The question of Jewish-Arab relations arose very early on. When the Zionist movement realised that there was a large Arabic speaking, Muslim-Christian population living in Palestine, two responses emerged.

One group, the “practical” Zionists, saw its mission as essentially a gradual colonising one until a Jewish majority was achieved. They largely ignored the presence of the Arab majority or downplayed its significance, much as the colonial settlers had done in South Africa.

The other group, a small minority of “political” Zionists led by the Ukrainian journalist and writer Vladimir Jabotinsky (1880-1940) took a more immediately aggressive stance. Jabotinsky, who was later to form the Revisionist Party, the forerunner of Likud, argued that it was crucial for a European power “to take political possession of Palestine” if the Jews were to become the majority, since neither the Turks who then ruled Palestine, nor the Arabs who lived there, would willingly accommodate a Jewish homeland.

Imperialist support

During World War I, the British imperialists decided to support the creation in Palestine of a “loyal Jewish Ulster”, a description made by Sir Ronald Storrs, the British-appointed military governor of Jerusalem in 1920.

Intending to steal the spoils of a collapsing Ottoman Turkish empire and gain an advantage over its wartime allies France and Russia, Britain issued the Balfour Declaration in 1917. This declared London’s sympathy with the establishment of a “Jewish homeland” in Palestine.

Winston Churchill, the former war minister in the British government, supported Zionism as an “antidote” to the rise of revolutionary Marxism in Europe in the wake of the 1917 Russian Revolution. Churchill worried that revolutionary Marxism's appeal would spread among the Jewish workers of Europe.

“The struggle which is now beginning between the Zionist and Bolshevik Jews is little less than a struggle for the soul of the Jewish people”, Churchill declared in February 1920. He called for full backing by British imperialism for Zionism and declared that a British-protected Zionist state in Palestine “would from every point of view be beneficial, and would be especially in harmony with the truest interests of the British Empire”.

The key question for the Zionists was to prepare the conditions, under the protection of the British colonial administration, for a viable “Jewish” state. This meant securing Jewish immigration from Europe and creating the economic conditions that would ensure the immigrants stayed.

The Labour Zionists were to play a crucial role in this.

In 1920, the main Labour Zionist groups formed the Histadrut, the General Federation of Labour, under the leadership of David Ben Gurion, a Polish immigrant to Palestine, who was to become Israel's first prime minister.

The formation of the Histadrut laid the basis for what later became the Labour Party. Its leaders were clear that if the Zionist project was to advance, the priority had to be the establishment of a Jewish-only “national” economy in Palestine.

Zionist labour movement

The Palestinian workers and peasants presented an obstacle to this objective. More than 80% of Palestinians lived in villages and cultivated the land of absentee landlords. The Histadrut had to remove these rural labourers, replacing them with a Jewish working class working for Jewish capitalist employers. The Histadrut would buy up Arab land and set up on this land Jewish-run factories, farms, banks, welfare organisations, social and health insurance schemes, and cooperatives — the very enterprises being privatised in Israel today.

As part of the Zionist state-building project, the Zionist labour movement in Palestine would carry out the tasks that had been performed by the emerging capitalists in Renaissance Europe — providing the economic and social infrastructure for a national capitalist economy, upon which to base the Zionist state.

Two inter-related characteristics distinguished the Histadrut and the Labour Zionists from their inception. Firstly, their economic separatism in relation to the Palestinians. Secondly, Histadrut's corporatist role, acting as both employer and trade union to suppress the class struggle within the Jewish community in Palestine in the interests of the Zionist capitalist elite.

After the Zionist state’s creation in 1948, the Histadrut became Israel's largest employer, dominating large sectors of the economy. It owned the largest industrial enterprises and banks, and established the kibbutzim, or collective farms, on land purchased from the Palestinians. While some of the capital needed to establish these enterprises came from within the labour movement, much of it came from the World Zionist Organisation.

Not only was membership of the Histadrut restricted to Jews, but the Histadrut also opposed the employment of Palestinian labour in both its own and other Jewish-run enterprises. It espoused a kind of economic apartheid. As a result, Arab workers and peasants became unemployed, paving the way for the ever-increasing hostility between the indigenous Palestinian Arabs and Jewish immigrants.

The Zionists began their task of driving out the ordinary Palestinian people under the twin slogans of “conquest of labour” and “conquest of the land”. The Arab absentee landlords were only too happy to make a profit by selling their land to the Zionists.

During the British mandate period in Palestine (1920-48), Jewish immigration was organised by the Zionist movement for the purpose of establishing colonial settlements. While Britain at certain times restricted the numbers of Jewish immigrants, London consistently supported the Jewish settlements to create a “Jewish Ulster” in the Arab east.

The UN General Assembly approved a resolution in November 1947 that partitioned Palestine into Jewish and Arab states. The Arab majority, while constituting two-thirds of the population of Palestine, was allocated only 45% of the country. This resolution, however, was never implemented. Shortly after its approval, the Zionist movement initiated a war of ethnic cleansing to drive out the Palestinians from their allotted territory and secure even more land for the Jewish state than was allocated in the UN resolution.

Ethnic cleansing

At least 700,000 Palestinians had been driven out of their homes and off their farms by Zionist militias when the State of Israel was proclaimed in May 1948.

Israel and its supporters have long claimed that these Palestinians fled of their own accord, or on the instructions of their leaders. Israel’s public relations machine has worked hard to portray Israel as a country built on empty, neglected or uninhabited land. Censorship was used to ensure that any evidence challenging such a view was suppressed. Any criticism of Israel was denounced as “anti-Semitism”.

However, since the mid-1980s, Israeli historians have documented the systematic ethnic cleansing and expulsion of Palestinians perpetrated by the Zionist militias in 1947-48.

While Israel continues to deny Palestinian refugees their right of return, despite UN resolutions demanding this, one of the first pieces of legislation passed by the Zionist state was the “Law of Return”. This enables Jews from anywhere in the world to live in Israel.

This piece of legislation was enacted not simply as a humanitarian measure aimed at providing a refuge for Jews facing persecution. Immigration to provide labour-power was vital if the fledgling Zionist state was to survive and its businesses were to have access to Jewish labour. The Zionist state therefore actively encouraged the immigration of Jews to Israel and between 1948 and 1952 the Jewish population doubled.

The Law of Return, enacted in July 1950, consolidated the theft of Palestinian land and homes. The Palestinians made homeless by the ethnic cleansing of the Zionist militias ended up as refugees in neighbouring Arab countries.

The UN estimates there are 3.5 million Palestinian refugees, consisting of those who were expelled in 1948, as well during the June 1967 “Six Day War” when Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and their children. The Zionist government refuses to recognise the plight of the Palestinian refugees and denies their right to return.

House demolition is one tactic that the Israeli authorities use to perpetuate their ethnic cleansing. The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) has documented the systematic use of house demolitions against Palestinian families for the purpose of destroying Palestinian neighbourhoods and erecting Israeli settlements.

From 1948 to 1954 the Zionist authorities demolished 418 Palestinian villages inside Israel — 85% of the villages that existed before May 1948. Since 1967, Israel has continued to raze Palestinian villages, and more homes are being demolished to make way for Israel’s apartheid “separation barrier”.

Israel's Zionist settlers build quasi-military fortified settlements in the West Bank, and as Israeli settlers, Israeli settlements, and Israeli-only roads proliferate and a state infrastructure benefiting Israeli Jews takes over more and more Palestinian territory, the racist underpinnings of the Zionist ideology that directs this enterprise is becoming ever more clear.

Apartheid system

With the Zionist drive to assert exclusive Jewish control, the Palestinians are squeezed into small, economically impoverished, disconnected segments of land resembling the South African apartheid regime’s bantustans.

It is clear to observers on the ground in Palestine-Israel that the motivating force behind the policies of the present and all past Israeli governments — both in Israel and in the occupied West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem — has always been a determination to assure the predominance of Jews over Palestinians. Such policies can only be described as racist.

Limor Livnat, the former Israeli education minister, elaborated exactly what the Israeli leaders are doing. During a 2003 debate over a government proposal to legalise the right of Jewish communities in Israel to exclude non-Jews, Livnat warned that the numbers of Israel’s Arab citizens should not be allowed to increase. Two areas inside Israel, the Galilee and the Negev, are “filled with Arab communities”, she decried. She went on to say that Israel's “special purpose is our character as a Jewish state, our desire to preserve a Jewish community and Jewish majority here so that it does not become a state of all its citizens”.

There is a compelling reason why the racist underpinnings of Zionism need to be understood — the PR effort by Israel's supporters to portray this state as a shining beacon of pluralist democracy in a region of the world dominated by despotic regimes. The Zionist state promotes itself as an example of a democratic safe haven, where Israeli Arabs can vote and have members in the Israeli parliament.

However, Israel is based on the dispossession of the Palestinian nation. Palestinians of Israeli citizenship (the “Israeli Arabs”) face an apartheid-like system of discrimination.

The US Human Rights Watch organisation has documented the systemic discrimination against Israeli Palestinians in the area of education, noting: “Nearly one in four of Israel's 1.6 million schoolchildren are educated in a public school system wholly separate from the majority. The children in this parallel school system are Israeli citizens of Palestinian Arab origin. Their schools are a world apart in quality from the public schools serving Israel's majority Jewish population. Often overcrowded and understaffed, poorly built, badly maintained, or simply unavailable, schools for Palestinian Arab children offer fewer facilities and educational opportunities than are offered other Israeli children. This report is about Israel's discrimination against its Palestinian Arab children in guaranteeing the right to education.

“The Israeli government operates two separate school systems, one for Jewish children and one for Palestinian Arab children. Discrimination against Palestinian Arab children colors every aspect of the two systems. Education Ministry authorities have acknowledged that the ministry spends less per student in the Arab system than in the Jewish school system. The majority's schools also receive additional state and state-sponsored private funding for school construction and special programs through other government agencies. The gap is enormous — on every criterion measured by Israeli authorities.”

In his 1974 speech to the UN General Assembly, Palestine Liberation Organisation chairperson Yasser Arafat argued that the way out of the bloody Arab-Israeli conflict was the replacement of the Zionist state with “one democratic state where Christian, Jew and Muslim live in justice, equality, fraternity and progress”, adding that “when we speak of our common hopes for the Palestine of tomorrow we include in our perspective all Jews now living in Palestine who choose to live with us there in peace and without discrimination”.

This remains the only just solution to the Ara-Israeli conflict.



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