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PostRacism, Zionism, and US Anti-Semitism (Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich, USA, 10/04/18 4:30 am)
Carmen Negrin (October 2nd) writes that the main cause for the creation of Israel was "survival because of racism."
I completely agree that racism was a factor, though whether it was the main cause of not is a matter of opinion. One could argue by displacing Palestinians and giving their land to European Jews was a grave act of racism against the Palestinian inhabitants. In establishing Israel, the Palestinians were, and are, equal victims of racism. They were forcibly removed from a land they lived on, continuously, for thousands of years.
Irrefutably, there was no love lost for Jews in Europe and America. The prejudice against the Jews in Europe and here in America will forever remain a stain on history and humanity. But it would appear that racism against Palestinians is perfectly acceptable in these capitals.
There were other important factors involved in creating a homeland for the Jews such as the role of Christian Zionism, and colonialism of course.
In the 16th Century, Puritans were of the opinion that God's plan was to return the Jews to Israel. The ideology became so widespread that it affected politics. The trend found its way to the United States. The movement has grown very strong. The die-hard supporters of Israel in America are messianic, dangerous, and they follow the same anti-Jewish mindset that has existed for thousands of years. But Israel has co-opted this powerful group and uses it to promote its agenda, which includes taking over all the Palestinian land.
The land of Canaan became a colonial battleground, a satellite state in the heart of the Arab land. However, today's Israel is no longer a satellite state of colonial powers, and many believe it has more influence in American and European politics than the nationals of those countries.
Carmen wrote: "Just one symbolic example: we have recently found out that a blond blue-eyed Jewish girl was used as Hitler's propaganda model of the 'pure' Aryan child." Hitler may have used a blond blue-eyed Jewish girl as a propaganda model of a ‘"pure Aryan child," but long before Hitler's time and mention of the Aryan race, Teddy Roosevelt said: ""Democracy has justified itself by keeping for the white race the best portions of the earth's surface." A sentiment echoed by General Arthur MacArthur, father of Douglas, who he claimed: "America's wonderful thrust into Asia was the destiny of the magnificent Aryan people."
JE comments: A sizable school of thought attributes Nazi racism to American (US) race theorists of the preceding two generations. This belief has adherents on both the left and the right. Remember this summer's "blockbuster" film, Dinesh D'Souza's Death of a Nation? D'Souza's startling thesis, in a nutshell, was that US Democrats inspired the Holocaust (and that Trump is the modern-day Lincoln). However, D'Souza would not have cited Republican Teddy Roosevelt to bolster his argument.
Istvan Simon (next) questions the connection of the Canaanites with modern-day Palestinians. Stay tuned--after my dental appointment.