Nahida- exiled Palestinian
Due to recent events of alienation and/or expulsion of members of Palestine Solidarity Movement, including Palestinians, it became more and more evident that there are elements in the Solidarity Movement who continue to stir up friction and splits amongst activists, that leads to alienation of many genuine activists and even exiled Palestinians.
Such elements also continue to cause distraction by filtering information to prevent members from understanding the role of the larger Jewish communities world wide in influencing their respective governments to support "Israel", and to deflect from scrutinizing the role of UK Jewish community and its DEEP TIES with "Israel".
Moreover, such obfuscations would undoubtedly prevent the public from understanding the impact of racist ideology on the standpoints, attitudes and behaviour of the Jewish-settlers in Occupied Palestine and on Jewish communities who support them world wide, and the implication of such ideology on Palestinians;
This state of affairs should raise alarm to anyone interested in Justice and Peace, that means anyone who works to put an end to decades of Palestinian suffering, and its slow genocide, and to anyone who understands that such high objectives require promoting the Liberation of Palestine.
It is also apparent that many of these destabilizing elements are simultaneously members of OTHER organizations, which membership approval operates through exclusivity, and restricted only to people of Jewish background.
Moreover, it is manifest that many of these Jewish-only organizations declare publicly that their prime motive for their activism is out of concern for the welfare of “Israel” and the “Israeli society”. Worse, some of these organizations do not even conceal that their criticism of “Israel” is done out of “love” and loyalty to this criminal entity. Simply put, they criticise and condemn "Israel" primarily to protect and help it thrive and survive.
This kind of blind allegiance and deep loyalty to “Israel” is of course expected from and omnipresent amongst hyper-Zionists and their circles, but it is quite disturbing to find the same loyalty amongst "supporters of Palestine" of Jewish background. It is also interesting to notice that even hyper-Zionists, through their think tanks, have recently arrived to the same conclusion that their counterparts Jewish anti-Zionists have known for decades; namely open criticism of “Israel” IS the best way to defend it. As we can see for example, in Mick Davis’s article: “Open debate is our best way of defending Israel in the diaspora,” The Jewish Chronicle, 17 June 2010. The article also appears on the website of the Jewish Chronicle under the title “Defending Israel in the diaspora”.
Although, I acknowledge that there are many Jewish individuals who might -on the personal level, feel real and sincere sympathy for the suffering of Palestinians and the injustice against them, it is however, quite obvious that a major motive for the activism of many members of such organizations is the concern for the possible rise of anti-Semitism because of the illegality and the impossible-to-hide criminality of the "Jewish state", hence, one of their principal aim becomes the prevention of anti-Semitism.
Through my research and extensive work, it became evident that the prime allegiance and the principal concern of many Jewish anti-Zionist organizations is not to Palestine or the Palestinians; their loyalty is to the global Jewish communities, to the welfare and future of “Jewish-Israelis” and to the security and perpetuation of the artificially manufactured colonial society in Palestine.
Factual and thorough scrutiny of these organizations invariably indicates that their primary concern and main focus are the following:
How to best consolidate and reinforce a good, secure and thriving future for the INVENTED *** "nation" of "Israel", on the Historical Land STOLEN from its ancestral inhabitants, the Palestinians;
How to best exculpate the Jewish communities worldwide from their responsibility of decades of financial, protective, political, moral and even military support of their “beacon of light”, “Israel”;
How to best further the interests of such invented “nation”, after the finalization of their imposed facts on the grounds, and getting rid of the banner of Zionism;
How to best ensure and secure the permanent presence of an invading settler society after grabbing most of the LAND of Palestine by wars of terror and conquest;
How to best pacify and allure Palestinians into accepting foreign violent invaders as rightful co-owners of Palestine and future "partners";
How to best promote "Israeli" settler society as “liberal peace-loving”, whose main concern would be to live in peace and security, but who just happened to be "unfortunately" plagued with corrupt leadership;
How to best conceal that their garment of humanism and thin veneer of ethics is directed principally at “saving Israelis from themselves” and thereby their own reputation, rather than unconditional and altruistic protection of the dispossessed, terrorised, besieged and occupied Palestinians, and their moral cause of Liberation.
How to best use their own narrative of the Holocaust as a "unique unprecedented" event like-no-other in human memory, the "eternal suffering" of the Jewish people that has "no equal in the history of mankind", and anti-Semitism as global, "intrinsic" and "incurable" hatred for the Jews, as unquestionable dogmas to justify the need for a "homeland" for the Jewish people, hence to secure the permanent colonization and take over of Palestine.
How best to divert the limited energy of activism into supporting "Israeli peace camp", "Israeli" organizations, and "Israeli" individuals and treat as angels and heroes those of them who exhibit a minuscule doze of normal human behaviour;
Courtesy of these groups, one major "success" has been the removal of the word "LIBERATION" from the discourse, only to be replaced with words like "coexistence", "two people one future", "mutual recognition" and "peace and security for both sides".
Worse still, these very same self-claimed “anti-racists” who launch hysterical and unfounded accusations of “anti-Semitism”, shockingly find no shame in joining the hyper-Zionist, inherently racist camp, by collaborating in the spread of just another form of racism, the hatred against Arabs and against Islam, generally called Islamophobia.
The recent addition of the words “against Islamophobia” in the list of their aims, is an opportunistic cover-up which does not remove the fact that they participate in the use of lies to spread fear and mistrust against Islam and Muslims, pushing charged words such as “Islamists” and “political Islam”, or 'Sharia Law”, thereby tearing apart the complex social fabric of our societies, jeopardizing the already fragile social cohesion, and contributing to inflame a situation at the brink of a new holocaust, this time anti-Muslim, as demonstrate the list of anti-Muslim crimes, such as the explosion of arson of Mosques in the USA, where at least these hate-crimes are still documented, albeit not widely published.
Those of us who venture into the necessary exposure of this inconvenient reality, are subjected to brutal -and often illicit forms of attacks by the enforcers of Zionist narrative, encroaching on strictly domestic matters of government, including the judicial administration, to strangle our respective freedoms.
Dual-loyalty to two opposed parties, one being the torturer, and the other being his victim, is in practice a myth. Thus it is not surprising that those involved operate in secrecy, in the exclusion of “the others side”.
While non-Jewish candidates are barred from becoming member, by definition membership to Jewish-only organizations is open to ANY person from Jewish background. This makes it piece of cake for Sayanim, Mossad agents, Shin Bet and Zionist sympathisers to effortlessly infiltrate, manipulate and steer such organizations. No wonder then, that so many Jewish-only groups who claim to be “pro-Palestinians” appear to be more interested with aims more in tune with securing the presence of “Israelis” in Palestine, than the restoration of Palestinian sovereignty.
This brings us to the core problem: while those members of Jewish-only organizations have the privilege (and rightly so) to be members and never excluded from pro-Palestinian organization, the opposite is not true. i.e we are faced with an alarming phenomenon whereby, Palestinians and non-Jewish individuals are systematically excluded from participating, having an input, debating, voting, influencing or even being informed about or simply being aware with the inner dynamics and the type and topics of discussions that takes place inside such Jewish-only organizations.
The outcome of such asymmetrical and un-mutual arrangement is what we have seen lately, matters are discussed amongst these exclusive groups, decisions are taken, and then the pro-Palestinian organizations are approached, persuaded, pressured or coerced to adhere to those propositions and motions.
The secrecy and lack of transparency surrounding that type of activities is allowing inside the solidarity movement people who are not necessary or entirely genuine supporters of Palestine, "fair-weather friends", people who are in essence more interested in the long term "Israeli" interest, than genuine support of Palestine. At best, their claimed care for the suffering of the oppressed society come secondary.
Signing petitions, giving out leaflets, stating words of support, throwing some crumbs to Palestinians, accompanied with patronizing pats on the shoulders, believing that they have done their humanistic "duty" of siding with justice, while simultaneously continuing to aim and work for securing the right of the invading "Israelis" to practice their "self determination" in someone else Homeland, reflects no doubt ethical blindness and almost moral bankruptcy. Imposing on Palestine forced marriage with a rapist monster is an obscenity.
Such ethical inconsistency of crying with the victim while protecting the criminal, is a regrettable case of hypocrisy and self deception.
Throughout the Palestinian movement, recent events reveal that some people on board of our movement deleterious to the Palestinian cause and some probably are disingenuous. Thus, such unhealthy, asymmetrical and exclusionary structures are indeed destabilizing and crippling the efficiency of Palestine Solidarity Movement, an efficiency vital to a Palestinian population under threat of annihilation… these are not trivial matters.
As a matter of principle, we refuse to apply the same exclusionary methods amongst pro Palestinian organization and will never resort to such racist exclusiveness. We cannot continue to claim to be humanist anti-racist while accepting simultaneously, the exclusionary nature applied by such organizations, especially in the light of compromised loyalty, and what we know about the sinister Mossad activities and the ease with which they infiltrate such groups.
It is therefore essential to crack open the shells of exclusion and secrecy, wherein topics of discussions are about "unfavourable" information to filter, which debates to “allow” and where to draw boundaries, which motions to propose and which one to oppose, and where sinister attacks against activists who might not conform to "permissible" line of discourse are cooked.
Under such conditions, it is imperative for the Palestine Solidarity movement to introduce a regulation that will allow room for transparency and reciprocity. Failure to address this issue would cause the continuation and aggravation of the crippling shift that has already befallen the movement.
Whereas, unfounded accusations of racism and anti-Semitism against individuals from Jewish background and against others, are used to benefit the occupier; to silence dissenters and push out freethinkers, only on the say-so of a few members in the movement, who claim the exclusive right to define and identify racism and anti-Semitism;
Whereas, such accusations and character assassination of activists does not in any shape or form advance the cause of Palestine nor alleviate Palestinian suffering, but rather mirrors Zionist methods and plays directly in their hands;
Whereas, this "war of words" can only weaken the Solidarity Movement by causing distraction, wasting of time and energy, and putting in the spotlight, yet again, people of Jewish background, bickering between themselves about their identity, while shifting the focus away from the core issues: PALESTINIANS and the LIBERATION of PALESTINE;
Whereas these very same self-claimed “anti-racists, anti-Zionists” participate in the spreading of Zionists driven racial and religious hatred against Arabs, Muslims and Islam, thereby participating in tearing apart our fragile social fabric whose richness was precisely based on diversity, inclusiveness, egality of chances, irrespective of race or religion,
Whereas, they continue to expose their ignorance as they pose themselves as "experts" on the Middle East, attempting to discredit the Islamic Resistance Movements by painting it to the unknowing Western reader as non-representative of the Arab masses but rather a creation the Zionist Mossad, thus shamelessly distort the reality on the ground and conceal the pulse of the Arab street,
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Whereas some Jewish-anti Zionist supporters call for a two state solution with a thriving and secured Israel they love, whereby they actively support the theft of 80% of Palestine;
Whereas some others insist that the only solution should be a one secular state, one person one vote, whereby they establish a precondition that would not only exculpate the occupiers from any responsibility or blame but also grant the occupier lands that does not belong to them, rights that they have not earned and protection that they don’t deserve.
Whereas, many of those Jewish "anti-Zionists" are full members of the Palestinian movements and have the privilege to be part of and to vote in any organization they desire;
Whereas, they continue to exclude Palestinians and other non-Jewish individuals from being part of and voting in their Jewish-only organizations;
Whereas, Zionist methods of false accusations of anti-Semitism / Holocaust denial are used to neutralize and exclude, or push away certain members of the Solidarity Movement, including Palestinian refugees! (a crass mirror of the ethnic cleansing happening in Palestine);
Whereas, Jewish anti-Zionist individuals and groups have the right to vote and have the weight to even tilt the vote, have access to the minutes of meetings and have the privilege of being heard and their opinions respected in the broader solidarity movement;
Whereas, such affiliated Jewish groups, by the very names and nature, do generally restrict their membership to Jews, hence barring non-Jewish persons from participating, or from having the right of access to their meetings as an observer, let alone from a vote within their tightly knit fellowship;
Whereas, the fundamental element of trust about the authenticity of intentions, about motivation, aims, and actions of such groups, has been profoundly shaken;
It appears evident that:
To put an end to this predicament, the exclusionary nature of such organizations must be revoked, and the fair and mutual openness to membership without discrimination against race, culture or religion must be requested.
The Solidarity Movement needs to have a system of disclosure of political affiliation of its prospective members, making it a contractual obligation of disclosure of their membership to any hitherto Jewish-only organization, or to any other organization linked to either the Palestinian cause, or to the occupiers of Palestine aka “Israelis”.
Representatives of the Solidarity Movements must have the mutual right to have access to and to be fairly represented in the insofar exclusive Jewish-only organizations, in equal numbers, and have rights to vote in these organizations.
To avoid any further mistrust, friction, crippling or fragmentation, reciprocity and mutual open membership is the way forward.
"The subsequent emergence of Islamism holds a false promise. While it poses a challenge to Western domination, it is backward looking and inherently unable to deliver progress” ~~~ Moshe Machover
"the Quoran also have passages that are chauvinist and today, in the context of state policy, would undoubtedly be deemed racist"~~~ Tony Greenstein
"Islam has introduced sectarianism into the Palestinian movement and has nothing to offer but further division"~~~ Tony Greenstein
Like many others, I was recently attacked with the usual slander-words “racist, antisemite” (for writing this article) My mud-slinging antagonists were not mouth-frothing Zionists, but Jewish members from inside the Solidarity movement, whom I used to consider as “friends”, and who know me well and for many years. As soon other friends came to my defence, the accusers -probably feeling a bit awkward, had the brilliant idea to declare that they do not actually accuse me as a person but it's rather my article which is racist, and is at fault! Therefore, and to their address, I end this article with a note of humour in form of some disclaimers:
- Disclaimer 1: The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of the author, they are the sole responsibility of the article itself.
- Disclaimer 2: Healthy Criticism of some Jewish Organizations is NOT anti-Semitic.
- Disclaimer 3: Political Disagreement is Kosher... Thinking independently is not a Sin... and Striving for Liberation is Halal.