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Zionism is the belief in and support of a "Jewish State". This article examines the allegation that, far from being supportive of Judaism, Zionists have regularily welcomed, incited or practised antisemitism against practising members of the Jewish faith.

The Zionist movement had a long history of cooperation with anti-Semitic regimes (including the Nazis in Germany)[1], with former Apartheid regime in South Africa and other recist groups.

Zionist treatment of Jews in Europe[edit]

c. 1943[edit]

In his book, "In Days of Holocaust and Destruction," Yitzchak Greenbaum writes, "when they asked me, couldn't you give money out of the United Jewish Appeal funds for the rescue of Jews in Europe, I said, 'NO!' and I say again, 'NO!' should resist this wave which pushes the Zionist activities to secondary importance."[2]


David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first head of State, declared outright to the "Labor" Zionists on December 7th 1938: "If I knew it was possible to save all the children in Germany by taking them to England, and only half of the children by taking them to Eretz Israel, I would choose the second solution. For we must take into account not only the lives of these children but also the history of the people of Israel."[3]

1930 Simpson report[edit]

In 1930, Hope Simpson looked at Palestine and produced a report [5] .... from a communication from Agudath Israel, the body of orthodox Jews: " .... the attitude towards immigrants of the religious class has been very unsatisfactory up to the present. In Poland, .... young men of this class were refused immigration certificates, in spite of the fact that such religious people have a still greater longing for Palestine owing to the holiness of the land and to the respective religious bidding ...."

Zionist treatment of Jews in Palestine[edit]


Extracts from a letter signed by Albert Einstein and many other prominent Jews to The New York Times December 4, 1948[4] "the IZL and Stern groups inaugurated a reign of terror in the Palestine Jewish community. Teachers were beaten up for speaking against them, adults were shot for not letting their children join them. By gangster methods, beatings window-smashing, and wide-spread robberies, the terrorists intimidated the population and exacted a heavy tribute."

These 28 New Yorkers had spoken out when Menachem Begin (leader of Stern and Prime Minister of Israel from 1977) was visiting the US. David Hirst quotes from the same period:[5] "[Americans] introduced to him in 1948 when he was [first] a candidate for Prime Minister. ........ Reception Committee included eleven Senators, twelve Governors, seventy-odd Congressmen, seventeen justices and judges along with educationists, public officials and mayors by the score. It required only a public warning by three prominent clergymen, one of them a rabbi, however, and the Reception Committee disintegrated. ...... they had been ignorant of the true nature of Begin's activities or they had no idea how they had got on the list."


Yakov M. Rabkin, Professor of History, University of Montreal[6] quotes Von Kressentine, the memoirs of a German general attached to the Ottoman troops in Palestine during World War:"How curious that the war has brought about an upsurge in the struggle between the Zionists and the non-Zionists, a battle that has turned ugly and done little to further the interests of Jews in general. The non-Zionists, that is to say those Jews who had no political objectives and who belonged to the Orthodox current, at the time the preponderant majority in Palestine. The Zionists residing there represented no more than 5 percent of the population, but were very active and fanatical, and terrorized the non-Zionists. During the war, the non-Zionists attempted to free themselves from the Zionist terror with the aid of the Turks. They rightly feared that the activities of the Zionists would destroy their good relations that prevailed amongst long-time Jewish residents in Palestine and the Arabs."

Zionist incitement of antisemitism[edit]


Rabbi Baruch Kaplan was a student in the Hebron yeshiva (religious school) in 1929[7]: "the Zionist mobs were yelling that "The Wall is ours!" ..... the rabbi of Jerusalem at the time, Rabbi Yosef Chaim Zonnenfeld begged them to stop and to be appreciative to the Arabs for allowing Jews to pray at the Wall for so many centuries undisturbed."

Zionist approval of antisemitism[edit]


Theodore Herzl - founder of modern Zionism, declared to a German interlocutor (Speidel): "I understand anti-Semitism. We Jews have remained, even if it is not our fault, foreign bodies in the different nations."[8] Later:"Anti-Semites will become our surest friends, anti-Semitic countries our allies."[9] and:"So anti-Semitism, which is a deeply imbedded force in the subconscious mind of the masses, will not harm the Jews. I actually find it to be advantageous to building the Jewish character, education by the masses that will lead to assimilation. This education can only happen through suffering, and the Jews will adapt".[10]

Zionist treatment of non-Ashkenazi Jews[edit]


Naeim Giladi is an Iraqi Jew, was an enthusiastic Zionist and, of course, spoke Arabic, making him potentially very valuable to Israel. When he made aliyah in 1950 he was accidentally given a name that appeared to be Polish. This led him to get many interviews for jobs but then be rejected on sight[6].


  1. ^ Zionism, anti-Semitism and colonialism - By Dr. Joseph Massad -
  2. ^ Yitzhak Gruenbaum was chairperson of the Jewish Agency's Rescue Committee. Holocaust Victims Accuse, pp 26. From, todays quote as at 2nd Aug 2007.
  3. ^ Source: Yvon Gelbner, "Zionist policy and the fate of European Jewry", in Yad Vashem studies [Jerusalem, vol. XII, p.199]. Seen at [1] on 2nd August 2007.
  4. ^ "New Palestine Party; Visit of Menachen Begin and Aims of Political Movement Discussed", Letters to The Times, The New York Times, December 4, 1948, Saturday, p. 12. Formerly at (Jews For Justice for Palestinians)
  5. ^ David Hirst "The Gun and the Olive Branch", First Published 1977 Faber & Faber, 2nd Edition 1984, ISBN 0-571-21945-4, new Foreword 2003, quoting from Lilienthal, Alfred M., The Zionist Connection, What Price Peace?, Dodd, Mead and Company, New York, 1978, pp.350-3.
  6. ^ "A threat from within" (sub-titled "Jewish Opposition to Zionism") by Yakov M. Rabkin, Professor of History, University of Montreal. Published in French 2004, translated 2006. p.136
  7. ^ (recorded c. 1985). Retrieved 2nd Aug 2007.
  8. ^ [2]"Diaries" Part I, p. 9. "Words of the Zionists - Today's Quote" on 12-03-07, retrieved 12th March 2007
  9. ^ [3]"Diaries" Part I, p.19. "Words of the Zionists - Today's Quote" on 12-03-07, retrieved 12th March 2007
  10. ^ [4]"Diaries" Part I, p.68. "Words of the Zionists - Today's Quote" on 12-03-07, retrieved 12th March 2007