William Bowles: Zionism & racism


Richard Moore

Date: Sat, 1 Jul 2006 16:07:06 +0200
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Subject: InI Newsletter #72 - 30/6/06

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Cockroaches of the World Unite!

³When we have settled the land, all the Arabs will be able to do about it will 
be to scurry around like drugged cockroaches in a bottle.² ‹ Raphael Eitan, 
chief of staff of the Israeli Defense Forces, New York Times, April 14, 1983.

³[The Palestinians are] beasts walking on two legs.² ‹ Menahim Begin, speech to 
the Knesset, quoted in Amnon Kapeliouk, ŒBegin and the ³Beasts²¹, New Statesman,
25 June 1982.

³¹What is to be done with the Palestinian population?¹ Ben-Gurion waved his hand
in a gesture which said ŒDrive them out!¹² ‹ Yitzhak Rabin, leaked censored 
version of Rabin memoirs, published in the New York Times, 23 October 1979

There can be no clearer example of the inherently racist nature of Western 
Œcivilisation¹ than the events of the past week. And if anyone doubt the power 
of language to shape our perception of events let them look no further than the 
alleged exemplar of Œobjective¹ reporting, the BBC and its treatment of the 
genocidal policies of the state of Israel.

Elsewhere, other writers have highlighted the actual language used to reduce the
actions of the Palestinians to those of some kind of sub-human not worthy of 
consideration.[1] No doubt there are some who feel so embarrassed by the latest 
actions of the Zionist state that they will protest, and sections of the 
Œliberal¹ media will bleat but do little else. By next week, it will be last 
week's 'news'. What's the deaths of a few more non-people in the Western scheme 
of things?

³The thesis that the danger of genocide was hanging over us in June 1967 and 
that Israel was fighting for its physical existence is only bluff, which was 
born and developed after the war.² ‹ Israeli General Matityahu Peled, Ha¹aretz, 
19 March 1972.

But the real issue is about power and how the ideology of racism serves to 
justify the actions of the powerful. Thus the BBC and the other mouthpieces of 
imperial power serve to present events through the prism of decades of Zionist 
propaganda that has presented the Palestinians as non-people. Even their actual 
existence is denied, therefore how can non-people be murdered and their land 
taken from them? Sure, they die but Œonly¹ as a result of being Palestinian, of 
being in the Œwrong¹ place.

Palestinians, just like the victims of drought or natural disaster, can be 
pitied, money collected to keep them alive (just) but never admit to our 
collective responsibility for allowing such a situation to come to pass! The EU 
and the US are party to a war crime of staggering dimensions, the collective 
punishment of millions of people, denying them the basic rights that we (almost)
take for granted.

Instead, we are bombarded with the image of a single Israeli soldier whose life 
is obviously worth more than the entire population of the Occupied land of 
Palestine. A vast propaganda machine swings into action, and the Western media 
obliges, after all it serves those who have even more at stake than those who 
rule Israel.

³How can we return the occupied territories? There is nobody to return them to.²
‹ Golda Meir, March 8, 1969.

It¹s an awful, Fascist logic, one the Zionists took literally from Nazi 
Germany¹s Œlegal¹ obliteration of the Jews, Communists, Roma and homosexuals.

³Hitler¹s legal power was based upon the ŒEnabling Act¹, which was passed quite 
legally by the Reichstag and which allowed the Fuehrer and his representatives, 
in plain language, to be what they wanted, or in legal language, to issue 
regulations having the force of law. Exactly the same type of act was passed by 
the Knesset [Israeli¹s Parliament] immediately after the 1967 conquest granting 
the Israeli governor and his representatives the power of Hitler, which they use
in Hitlerian manner.² ‹ Dr. Israel Shahak, Chairperson of the Israeli League for
Human and Civil Rights, and a survivor of the Bergen Belsen concentration camp, 
Commenting on the Israeli military¹s Emergency Regulations following the 1967 
War. Palestine, vol. 12, December 1983

Ultimately however, the actions of the Zionist state would not be possible 
without the support of the US and the UK, support which goes back almost one 
hundred years,

³In Palestine we do not propose even to go through the form of consulting the 
wishes of the present inhabitants of the country² Lord Balfour in a private 
memorandum to Lord Curzon, 11 August 1919.

In order to secure access to vital resources and markets, it was first necessary
to destroy the Arab nationalist movements. Critical to this process was Zionism 
and the concept of the state of Israel, a literal fifth column inserted by force
into the land of Palestine. Obviously, the inhabitants objected forcefully to 
being ejected from their homeland but non-people have no legitimate voice, 
therefore how can their objections be taken seriously?

That the Jews have been made into the creatures of imperialist strategy is 
obvious to anyone who cares to look, it¹s in the historical record. It is also a
terrible logic of history that the Œcivilisation¹ that is the home of 
anti-Semitism, Europe, should be foremost in promoting the most anti-Semitic 
ideology of all, Zionism.

So successful has been the West¹s promotion of Zionism as a substitute for Jew 
that few, even the most Œliberal¹ of observers find it impossible to speak the 
truth for fear of being labelled anti-Semitic. But this is only a part of the 
equation, for without a culture which devalues all human life that it does not 
regard as Œcivilised¹, such twisted and obscene logic would be impossible to 

Thus, the war crimes of Israel go unmentioned; its programme of genocide goes 
not only unreported but unrecognised as a war crime. Starving the Palestinian 
people into submission is considered a small price to pay just as the deaths of 
500,000 Iraqi children under the twelve years of sanctions was, according to 
Madeleine Albright, secretary of State under Clinton who thought that, ³the 
price was worth it.² But what is it that's worth the deaths of half a million 
children? Their combined weight in oil that's what.



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