August 07, 2006
Roadmap to Peace in the Middle East and Everywhere Else
As I understand it, Israel before 1948 was a Brittish colony with a population mixed with Muslims and Jews. When it was given independence, two side by side states were created, one Muslim and one Jewish. This created not only Muslim refugees in Israel, but also Jewish refugees in Palestine. Clearly a single democratic state encompassing both Muslims and Jews would have been preferable, but my point is that if the Palestine created by this mistake has the right to exist, doesn't Israel?
I will admit that my knowlege of the history is very limited as it is virtually impossible to find an unbiased account. Therefore, it is very likely that I have some of the facts incorrect, or am missing vital information, so I hope that future commentors will correct any inaccuracies.
There are, however, no "unbiased" accounts. The Right and the liberals are generally supportive of the Zionist entity, due to the coincidence of their respective interests. They tend to label as “biased” anything that is contrary to those interests. A leftist, by definition, decides which side he/she is on (i.e., on the side of socio-political justice), and proceeds according to that “bias.”
Briefly, there was no “Israel” prior to the late 1940s, except in ancient semi-mythical times. The Palestine Mandate called for the creation of two states, one Jewish and the other one Palestinian. Only the Jewish state received imperialist support, and it was the only one that was actually created. The imperialists created it as a destabilizing influence in the Middle East, impeding the region’s socio-political progress, and thus perpetuating its vulnerability to imperialist domination (the imperialist powers care neither about Jews nor about Arabs nor about anyone else; all they care about is their own economic interests; they created Israel purely out of self-interest).
If saying so makes me an “anti-Semite,” I can live with that. Many thousands of anti-Zionist Jewish people are apparently “ant-Semites” as well. We should not be vulnerable to the convenient labels thrown about by the Right and the liberals (such as “anti-Semite,” “biased,” and so on).
As I and most other people on the left see it, there is no room in this world for the racist State of Israel, in the exact same way that there was no room for the Apartheid State of South Africa. It must be replaced by a non-racist democracy.
Thank you for the Chomsky reference. If there were ever an unbiased account, that would certainly be it.
Be that as it may, I in fact don't support Israel's "right to exist." In order to earn such a right, it will have to cease being a tool of imperialism. In other words, it will have to cease being "Israel," that is, a racist state. Israel cannot cease being aggressive unless it abandons the fundamental racism that defines it.
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