In the preface to his book, ‘If I am not for myself’, Mike Marquesee writes that Zionism is an ideology and a politcal movement. As such it is open to rational dispute.”(1) However, how are we to discuss rationally with an ideology that claims a very irrational god given right to a sizeable chunk of the Middle East. It is, perhaps, in sensing the absurdity of this weird biblical claim themselves that the Zionists that look to another “formidable” argument to justify their theft; they look to the holocaust and we might conveniently forget that Zionism precedes the holocaust. Today we had the smooth talking Mr Obama saying on Friday at the Buchenwald concentration camp that the facility “is the ultimate rebuke” to those who deny the Holocaust.(2)
The link is then quickly established and the holocaust deniers are those who deny Israel’s right to exist as an exclusively Jewish state and those who deny that right are no different from the scum who executed millions in the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Treblinka, Sachsenhausen and Maidenek and in the meantime “our” Zionist scum can perpetrate crimes of their own.
“Self-hating” Jews, like Mike Marquesee, Norman Finkelstein, Ilan Pappe, Naom Chomsky and Naomi Klein are beyond the pale and the rest of us are Nazis of the worst ilk. Yet, the wrath shown towards “self-hating” Jews and left-wing gentiles is almost benign in comparison to the treatment melted out to Palestinians who dare to fight for their rights; when this happens the victim becomes the perpetrator and the criminal the victim. Still, Marquesee hits the nail on the head when he writes that Zionism is an ideology and a politcal movement and as such it is open to rational dispute. Those rational arguments are on our side and yes, Mr Obama, we should not forget Buchenwald but in not forgetting it we should not be trying to conjour up pictures of an uncle who, until a few weeks ago, we still thought “liberated” Auschwitz and not Buchenwald, we should be thinking about illegal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that have left hundreds of thousands, if not millions dead, we should be thinking about Central Africa where American policies have led to the death of millions, we should be thinking of Gaza where over a thousand innocents were recently slaughtered. The lesson of the holocaust is, indeed, never again but it is a never again for all of humanity. That is the lesson that the “self hating” Jews and the left wing learned from the holocaust.
1 Mike Marquessee, ‘If I am not for myself’, London 2008, vii