Doing away with the Zionist state
of Israel, an earned fate

by <george.salzman@umb.edu> 2009-01-24

this page is at http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/s/2009-01-24.htm

In writing the short piece that follows I hold no illusions that we, the millions, perhaps even billions, of ordinary people who are aghast at the demonstration of Israeli brutality towards Palestinians can do anything that will be immediately effective in halting the Israeli nation-state's ongoing conquest of the Palestinians under its control, a conquest fully supported by the U.S. and its craven ‘allies’. But in the long term I believe there is solid reason to be hopeful we can make a good world for all peoples.
 

This iconic photograph is part of a powerful open letter ‘to the Jews’
that Khalid Amyreh wrote on 10 March 2008. Mr. Amyreh is a
journalist I have come to trust, who writes about the harsh
reality he is experiencing in Israel’s colonized territory.

  
      Apart from the rivetting horror of the Zionist Nazis’ genocidal attack on the indigenous Palestinians in Gaza, there is other news, news that is not terrible, perhaps inadequately noted, but with long-term, hopeful implications.

1. The most significant fact is that this is the second time within six years that almost the total world population with access to news stood instantly united in its abhorrence of the actions of a nation-state – the U.S. attack on Iraq (March 20, 2003), and the U.S.-backed Israeli attack on Gaza (27 Dec 2008). This instant global revulsion at the actions of the mass murderers who hold the armory of lethal weaponry marks the start of the true ‘information age’, of global consciousness that the dominant system is unspeakably, brutally destructive and that we, the billions of ordinary people, in order to gain control of our own lives, will have to totally change the way societies are structured. ‘Another way’ is not only possible, but urgent, and we ourselves must be its midwives. The birth of this ‘information age’ became possible because of the explosion of information technology.

2. It is starkly evident to anyone who is informed and thoughtful that the dominant institutions and the value systems on which they are based — and which they enforce — are completely opposed to creating a world of humane values. Not a single nation-state acted forcefully to oppose either carnage (except Iraq in 2003). On the contrary, except for a few symbolic steps (e.g. breaking diplomatic relations with Israel) the ‘normal’ commercial relations continued. Petroleum to the U.S. and Israel was not embargoed, not even by Venezuela. The machinery of death and destruction rolled on unimpeded with essentially total support by all the world’s nations. And with but a few welcome but ineffective voices of condemnation from within the UN bureaucracy — the UN, an organization which was of course set up to enforce the rule of the most powerful nations.

3. It should be obvious that just as the German Nazi government deserved to be ended, so too has the Zionist Nazi government earned its dissolution. In the case of Germany the population was indigenous to the land, and they naturally continued to live there. In the case of greater Palestine — all of it — the indigenous population should have the option to live there. Many Palestinians who now live outside Palestine, in their diaspora, will choose to stay where they are, but the choice should be theirs. Jews of course should also continue to live — every genocide is horrendous — but those Jews committed to the Zionist project of conquest should relocate out of greater Palestine. They should be assisted to relocate to areas where they are welcome as neighbors. Jews, like every ethnic group, ought to be able to choose where they want to live, but not to the detriment, and over the objections of the people who already live in those locales. The Jews in greater Palestine who are on cordial terms with their non-Jewish neighbors and are welcome to remain can continue to live where they are.

4. I start from the basic assumption that the entire Zionist project to plant a Jewish nation-state in the land of Palestine was illegitimate from its inception, based, as we know, on the premise that the land would be taken from its indigenous population, a conquest to be rationalized on grounds of ancient history and religious dogma, and to be achieved by serving the imperial interests of major Western nations.

5. Some will maintain that if the conquering Zionists should leave greater Palestine, so should all conquering populations, such as the non-Indian inabitants of the Americas. That would be correct, except for the fact that global knowledge of the Israelis’ atrocities was achieved almost instantaneously, and the survivors are alive. The past conquests, whose immediate survivors are long since dead, did not become known soon enough to enough people of good conscience to arouse strong controversy at the time. In contrast, the brutal assaults of the Americans and the Israelis are bitterly current in the minds of billions.

6. Some will see me at best as totally unrealistic, a utopian dreamer, or at worst as a hateful anti-Semite and/or anti-American seeking to single out these two nations and peoples for special treatment by the rest of the world. In fact I am a utopian dreamer, but at the same time a realist who understands that unless humanity changes the course of history by instituting the most profound changes imaginable in social arrangements, there will be nothing but increasingly devastating conflicts and destruction of the biosphere for us, our children and our grandchildren.

7. As I wrote two days ago to a man of good heart but in my opinion inadequate understanding,
      “Unless we can free humanity from the cage of capitalist ideology, this century will see the apocalyptic consequences of pursuing the policy that George F. Kennen advocated in 1948, which the U.S. has been following ever since. That policy was set forth as part of his assessment which, although concerning Asia at that time, is the same in principle everywhere. Kennan, then Chief of the US State Department Policy Planning Staff, stated in Document PPS23, 24 February 1948:

      “...[W]e have about 50 per cent of the world’s wealth but only 6.3 per cent of its population ... In this situation we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity ... We need not deceive ourselves that we can afford today the luxury of altruism and world benefaction ... We should cease to talk about vague and ... unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of living standards, and democratisation. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts. The less we are then hampered by idealistic slogans, the better.”

8. Realistically, we must put an end to the cultivation of greed, power and domination, hallmarks of so-called Western Civilization.
Hopefully, we the world’s people will do just that.

– G.S., 2008-12-15

NOTES
      The brief note above is part of a sequence of essays, all more or less devoted to the same general theme – how can we save the world for future generations? They are:

2008-02-20 Fighting against keeping us ignorant, at
http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/S2/2008-02-20.htm

2008-02-23 Israelis conform to Hitler’s prediction. Why are so many Jews acting as Hitler said they would?
http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/S2/2008-02-23.htm

2008-04-12 Lying for a living, corporate ‘news’
http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/S2/2008-04-12.htm

2008-04-14 The source of threats to journalists: Power, money and lying in the era of information
http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/S2/2008-04-14.htm

2008-04-29 The source of threats to us all: Power, money and lying in the era of information
http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/S2/2008-04-29.htm

2008-06-13 Murdering children is unforgivable
http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/S2/2008-06-13.htm

2008-07-27 Looking for a way towards civilization
http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/S2/2008-07-27.htm

2008-08-05 Looking for a way towards civilization, II
http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/S2/2008-08-05.htm

2008-12-15 An open letter to Mazin Qumsiyeh
http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/S2/2008-12-15.htm

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George Salzman is a former American Jew living in Oaxaca, Mexico, an Emeritus Prof of Physics, Univ of Massachusetts-Boston.

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