What exactly is Zionism anyways?

March 30, 2009 at 1:06 pm | Posted in Politics, Rants, Videos | Leave a comment

Palestinian children sing for Holocaust survivors:

Most of the Holocaust survivors did not know the youths were Palestinians from the West Bank, a rare sight in Israel these days. And the youths had no idea they were performing for people who lived through Nazi genocide — or even what the Holocaust was.

What !!1! Never heard of the H-caust?!? Apparently, “Ignorance and even denial of the Holocaust is widespread in Palestinian society”. Wow, I really gotta pay more attention to what’s going on over there.

what is Zionism anyways?

One of the reasons that I write this blog is to force myself to learn aboot issues that I hear aboot, but never really look into. For example, I sheepishly admit that until today I wasn’t sure what ‘Zionism’ is. That’s ba-aa-aa-ad. But apparently I’m not the only one.

Mainstream Zionism is a political ideology that supports the creation of an exclusively Jewish state in the land of Palestine. The creation of the state of Israel and its many actions in violently repressing the indigenous Palestinian people, denying their human rights and repeatedly violating international law is a direct consequence of this Zionist ideology.
It is completely fallacious to equate the term “Zionist” with the term “Jew”. There are many in the Jewish community, including ourselves, who are very critical of the policies of the Israeli state and have strong disagreement with the Zionist organizations and individuals in Canada and elsewhere who defend these policies.

Charlie Smith @ The Georgia Straight offers a gentler definition:

The term “Zionist” describes someone who supports the establishment of a Jewish homeland in the Middle East.

[snip]

The Zionist movement was created in the late 19th century by journalist Theodor Herzl to encourage the migration of people to the land now known as Israel. The term is used regularly in the Israeli media.

Herzl’s idea probably prevented some of his fellow Jews from being killed by the Nazis.

Yet we’ve come to a state in B.C. in which a politician can’t utter the word “Zionist” in conversation because this has somehow become offensive. I bet they’re guffawing at us in Tel Aviv.

Godwin’s Law FAIL

Tennessee Republican senator Dewayne Bunch calls Jewish colleague a Nazi:

Why? Because the “Nazi” opposes new legislation that would increase the size of pop cans the kids can buy from 8 oz. to 12 oz. Watch the video, the Nazi part starts around 1:41. Watch the colleague behind Bunch cringe as he makes the reference about Senator Andy Berke, the only Jewish member of the state Senate. Don’t forget that the Tennessee Republican party is about as racist and backward as you can get.

rules against PETA Holocaust ad campaign:

The posters, sponsored by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), bear photographs of concentration camp inmates, both alive and dead, along with pictures of plates piled with meat and animals ready for slaughter, accompanied by the slogan: “The Holocaust on your plate.”

The Constitutional Court decision, reached on February 20 but announced now, said the campaign would have made “the fate of the victims of the Holocaust appear banal and trivial.”

Thanks for the tip-offJoe

How aboot saying “Facist”? Would that be OK? Instead of trivializing the H-caust, and making yourself look like an idiot, by calling someone a Nazi, call them a Facist instead. Come on people, let’s keep the hyperbole fresh.

I would continue my rant, but Jon Stewart has already nailed this issue like the Romans nailed you-know-who to the you-know-what.

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