The two most common justifications for Zionism debunked
By: Moe Diab
I constantly hear two desperate justifications in attempt to excuse the brutality and immorality of Zionism, which continues today. Which are the Jewish suffering as justification claim and the Jewish inheritance claim. Allow me to state the facts, thereby giving you the opportunity to think logically in forming your own thoughts and opinions.
The first of the two claims is the Jewish suffering as justification claim. There are numerous reasons why this claim is absurd and illogical. The obvious reason is that one population [Palestinians] should not have to suffer ethnic cleansing, genocide and displacement, in essence, pay the price for another population’s [Jews] suffering. Especially since Palestine offered Jews religious asylum and safe haven refuge during harsh times of persecution. Even more outrageous, the Palestinians, who have felt the colossal power of this vengeance, were NOT the historical oppressors of the Jews. The Palestinians did NOT isolate the Jews into ghettos and force them to wear yellow stars. They did NOT plan the Holocaust. But they had only one fault, which is that they were vulnerable and defenseless in the face of actual military force, so they were the perfect victims for an abstract revenge. The inability of the Palestinians to protect themselves from aggressing forces made it easy to have the Palestinians pay the price for 2,000 years of Jewish persecution.
The second of the two claims is the Jewish inheritance claim to the land of Palestine. This is such a ridiculous claim. I am constantly shocked each and every time someone presents this to me. Hundreds of empires throughout history have conquered and fallen to overtaking powers. To say that all Jews have the right of return to a land their ancestors may, or may not, have lived in thousands of years ago, which was already inhabited for thousands of years by an indigenous population and thriving culture is outrageous enough. But for them to engage in ethnic cleansing and genocide to establish a Jewish state on top of an already existing Palestine is absolutely among the worst crimes against humanity.
Now, all reality and humanity aside, I will entertain the claim from the Zionist angle. The aim of Zionism is the restoration of a Jewish sovereignty to its status 2,000 years ago. Zionism does not advocate an overhauling of the total world situation in the same way; it does not advocate the restoration of the Roman Empire. In addition, Palestinians have claimed descent from the ancient inhabitants of Palestine from over 3,000 years ago. This has been supported by archeological evidence, time and time again. Either way, biblical and archeological claims are absolutely unjustifiable to what was done to the indigenous Palestinians and what continues to happen today.
Remember, although this conflict may appear to be religiously or historically driven, at the end of the day we are civilized human beings, living in the 21st century, which have already witnessed racially driven genocides and the consequences of allowing an ethnic cleansing campaign to continue uninterrupted. How can we, as humans, allow the indigenous Palestinian population to be ethnically cleansed even further, when they have been abused, murdered, displaced, humiliated, illegally arrested and held without charges, for over 65 years now?
Shame on us for having the intelligence to send a person to the moon, but not having the common sense and compassion to prevent another immoral racially-driven ethnic cleansing and genocide of an illegally occupied land and people. We must remember and never forget that humanity and human rights must come before racial, religious, historical, national and political prejudices.
Learn the truth and the facts. Form your own opinions. Stand up for what you believe in. Be the voice of the voiceless. Be human.