Israel’s 60th Birthday

New Jewish Australian Committee for Dismantling of Zionism by Ann

The following statement was just released by two Jewish Australian academics,  John Docker and Ned Curthoys:

The December 2008 Gaza Massacre

John Docker and Ned Curthoys

We are part of an increasing number of people around the world of Jewish descent who are sickened by the coldly calculated massacre of the Palestinians of Gaza and who utterly repudiate Israel’s claim that it acts in the name of Jews the world over. Like Antony Loewenstein we deplore the ‘myth of Israel’ as perpetual victim and rational peace seeker, and its stranglehold over media reportage of the Israel-Palestine conflict.

The massacre in Gaza cries out not only for immediate condemnation but for historical explanation. As scholars working in the fields of genocide studies and research into the long history of European colonization, it seems clear to us that Israel – as in the history of white Australia since 1788 – is a genocidal settler colonial society that since its founding in 1948 continually seeks to destroy the foundations of life of the indigenous Palestinians, their health, dignity, livelihood, personal security, access to education, and political organisation, so that the Palestinians can be replaced by colonizing Zionist settlers. Recent genocide scholarship has highlighted how much the original definition of genocide (by Raphael Lemkin in chapter nine of his 1944 book Axis Rule in Occupied Europe) linked genocide and colonization as a two stage process of destruction of the home society (not necessarily by physical annihilation qua Nazism) and replacement by the incoming colonizers. Such has been the continuing historical pattern of Israel in relation to the indigenous people of the land. In 1948 the Zionist forces violently drove out over 700,000 Palestinians by deploying ‘admonitory massacres’, as the Israeli historian Ilan Pappé has evoked in horrific detail in his recent The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (2006). Pappé details the continuous series of massacres in 1948-49 and sporadically thereafter that the Zionists perpetrated against the Palestinians in order to ‘Judaize’ ethnically-cleansed Palestinian lands. In 1967 the Israeli state conquered the West Bank and Gaza and has aggressively continued a genocidal pattern of replacement and destruction, creating and expanding Jewish settlements, stealing Palestinian land and ghettoizing remaining Palestinian communities, attempting, through a brutal military occupation, to make life humiliating and unbearable for the Palestinians.

What we are now witnessing is a form of settler colonization reminiscent of nineteenth century Australia, in which a settler colonial ‘logic of elimination’ (to quote historian of settler colonialism, Patrick Wolfe) combines massacre and population sequestration (reserves) to incapacitate the sovereign self determination of an indigenous people. Yet indigenous peoples have always resisted the genocidal processes of destruction and replacement that settler colonialism enacts. The indigenous peoples of Australia have magnificently resisted and still do, despite all their historical sufferings. The indigenous Palestinians as a people are also resisting the disaster that Zionism and Israel have brought upon them, thereby providing the continuing possibility of a future coexistence between Israeli Jews and Palestinians.

The December 2008 Gaza massacre by Zionist Israel poses an intense dilemma for Israel’s organized Jewish supporters and much of the Jewish diaspora, who have for decades cooperated with and been complicit in the ongoing, incremental Israeli genocide of the Palestinians. Israel is guilty under article II, part C of the UN Genocide Convention, in that it intends to destroy, in whole or in part, an ethnic group by ‘deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part’. Will the Jews of the world continue to be so supportive, or will they historically disavow genocidal settler colonialism in the Middle East and question their own previous support? Historically, Israel is the imposition of a European nation state, founded on the notion of one people, one religion, one ethnicity, in an area of the world, the Levant, which through the centuries has been a space where Jews, Muslims and Christians have lived together in the same societies. The very idea so precious to Zionism, of Israel as a Jewish state, is absurd, as the great Jewish jurist and Australian governor-general Isaac Isaacs pointed out in the 1940s. What if Australia called itself a Protestant state, immediately making all non-Protestants second class citizens systematically facing abuse, discrimination, and state violence, as Palestinian Israelis do to the present day? Israel/Palestine should become a democratic state, a democracy where all who live in that land are full citizens whatever their religion or ethnicity.

The Australian government not that long ago in its apology over the Stolen Generations extended sympathy and understanding to the indigenous people of Australia. Why doesn’t it extend a similar sympathy to the indigenous people of Palestine?

Committee for the Dismantling of Zionism
1 January 2009


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Totally agree! The barbaric Zionist establishment does not represent all Jews, or all Israelis!

Israel’s criminal conduct is not only despicably immoral, but is also fuelling anti-Semitism, and will ultimately bring disaster on us all!

The fact that 80% of Israelis support the war on Gaza is an outcome of decades of poisonous Zionist propaganda which claim “eternal victimhood” while systematically de-humanising the Palestinian inhabitants of the land, with complete lack of responsibility or accountability for any of their actions.

Enough of this deception!
Enough of this sickening self-righteousness!
Enough of the self-delusion;

Time for all Jews, and the World, to recognize this: in the context of the Middle East, the Palestinians are the victims, Israel is the aggressive victimiser, the occupier with a criminal “ethnic cleansing” agenda.

Comment by Yuval Pilavsky

Many synagogues display the Israeli flag, even in the sanctuary. What does this proclaim to the world?

Comment by Trevor Green

Israel – a light to the nations? The only light coming to the nations has been from the phosphorus bombs dropped over Gaza. The entire world is aghast.

Comment by Trevor Green

The Israeli flag is not Jewish. It started out as a generic occult symbol which was adopted by the Rothschilds who are claimed to be satanists.

An old Jewish Encyclopedia described the Rothschilds as the Vatican’s bankers.

Talking about Rome, although not all agree, it appears that the Vatican created Hitler, much as the Jesuits can be linked to Stalin and just about all socialists of both extremes.

War criminals and Cardinals signing a historic agreement.,_Konkordatsunterzeichnung_in_Rom.jpg&filetimestamp=20081209214033

Of course it doesn’t matter which flavour and which side of the political spectrum, the Jesuit controllers make sure that that the appropriate Jews, Gypsies and Protestants suffer.

They used to do these things fairly publicly as in their various inquisitions, but I guess after the Jesuits were banned from well over 100 countries and are now fabulously wealthy, control much of the media, the federal reserve, the CFR, much of education and New Age Religion they now organise others to do their dirty work.

Ex Zionist Jewish writer Barry Chamish claims that the state of Israel was one of the main reasons Hitler was created, so that Jews would go there for “refuge”. He claims that the final goal is to upset the Arab states so much that they would turn on Israel and wipe them out. In short he is saying that Israel is another Roman creation.

You may disagree with all of this. However my family comes from Nazi Germany, and being implicated in shameful events only brings us into further bondage.

I am really pleased to see Jews taking on this task. Of course if I did so I would be anti-semitic. Such an easy accusation to level isn’t it? Of course that is the idea.

I find that Jews I speak to are pretty naiive about all this, much as all my German family and their friends haven’t a clue that the have been brainwashed.

Comment by Frank

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