In the aftermath of the ‘Right’s’ success in the European elections, we read today in ‘Haaretz’ that the European Jewish Congress, has said that “winning seats in the European Parliament based on “racist, anti-Semitic and xenophobic platforms” pointed to an erosion of tolerance.”(1) Certainly, we should all be worried about the rise of the ‘Right’. However, I would argue that partly responsible for the increase in votes for parties such as Britain’s ‘BNP’, is the increasing monoculture that we have in politics in a global village where big business interests are in the ascendency. However, there is another point I would like to make.
The European Jewish Congress is an affiliate of the World Jewish Congress, it is a Zionist organisation and, therefore, an instrument of a state whose very existence is based on a racist ideology. Therefore, I would suggest that this organisation coming out and speaking against parties that are openly “racist, anti-semitic and xenophobic” is at best farcical. Moreover, the contention that the European Jewish Congress, represents Jewish communities across Europe,(2) only furnishes us with part of the picture. Yes, it represents “Jewish communities”, or, rather, a part of those communities; it represents those Jews who identify with Zionism. However, it does not represent those countless anti-Zionist Jews who are spread all over Europe. Indeed, these are the very people who our Zionists would term, “self-hating” Jews. Indeed, I am tempted to quote Walt Whitman here when he writes, “Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.”(3) The contradictions in organisations like the European Jewish Congress are far more poignant than those faced by Walt Whitman; here is an organisation that is de facto racist but condemns racism, an organisation that condemns xenophobia but denies a whole people the right to self determination, an organisation, which condemns anti-semitism but, when need be, can deliver the ultimate insult to any Jew who doesn’t agree with it. Unlike Walt Whitman, however, Zionism does not contain multitudes. It is a very simple political movement that decided in 1897 that it was going to build a country on someone else’s land. Furthermore, it is a movement, which feels very much at home in a political monoculture where real discussion is taboo and where the left is represented by Stalinist dinosaurs and sectarian mediocrities.
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