In 1897 when Zionism began, Jews were less than 5% of the total population.
In 1917 the Balfour Declaration stated it” being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.”
Well the “existing non-Jewish communities” were the largely Muslim majority Palestinians
In 1946 Palestinians were still 67% of the population.
In late 1947 the Nakba began the ethnic cleansing of 750,000 Palestinians.
On a radio show (Nov.8, 1945) the pre-eminent Zionist rabbi Stephen Wise insisted that “the Jewish state would be founded on justice. There will be no injustice to any man or to any nation. it would not be a Jewish state if the Jewish state rested upon injustice.”
Wise then reprised the Deuteronomic (16:20) insistence that “Tzedek ,tzedek, tirfdof” — Justice, justice, shalt thou pursue. We want to do injustice neither to a single Arab nor to the Arab people.”
It is a shame that Stephen Wise is not around to see how “the Jewish” has been suborned by “the Zionist.”
Now a Pew Research poll indicates that in the democratic state of Israel 79% believe the state should give preferential treatment to Jews. And all those Trump supporters are secretly pining that in the “indispensable nation”, the USA should give preferential treatment to white Anglo-Saxons.
Here’s how the brilliant Brazilian cartyoonist Latuff sees the present moment:
Democracies privilege no special groups.
This was early on recognized by the American Council For Judaism (ACJ) who fought a losing battle for the hearts and minds of the Jewish people in the 40s.The Nazi genocide and its emotional impact led to thinking which has proved disastrous to the Middle East, international relations and indeed to Judaism itself. Christianity especially in Germany has yet to shed itself of holocaust guilt and the irrational fear of criticizing the Zionist state. This has been cynically played by Jewish propagandists here and abroad.
In a letter to the weak US president Harry Truman (Dec.4, 1945) the ACJ categorically rejected the creation of a Jewish state and it made made these ominous predictions:
+It would foster racial, religious and nationalistic divisions..and lead to civil war and international involvement.
+Such a pledge would imply “artificially raising one element of the Palestinian population (Jews) now a minority to the status of majority and postponing the establishment of a democratic state in the country pending the transformation of of the Jewish minority into a majority.”
+ It rejected a state built on racial or religious foundations.
+ It would create problems for Jews outside the state “a state which they are not now and never will be citizens
+rejected a bi-national state granting official recognition and sanction to the development of separate nationalities in Palestine, instead of encouraging a Palestinian nationality, promoted discord and made conflict inevitable.
All this time the ACJ was highly sensitive to admitting DPs not only into Palestine but into all countries.
The ACJ asked for “a new policy based on justice, workability and peace.” Instead it got the ethnic cleansing of Palestine and constant warfare in the Middle East.