2005/01/17

Anti-Zionism and Anti-Semitism Are Independent

Dr Martin Luther King, Jr., who I feel is a great man, one to be admired for all his outspoken work in the realm of civil rights, wrote some forty years ago to an anti-Zionist friend. In this letter King wrote:

"... You declare, my friend; that you do not hate the Jews, you are merely 'anti-Zionist'. And I say, let the truth ring forth from the high mountain tops, let it echo through the valleys of G-d's green earth: When people criticize Zionism, they mean Jews -- this is G-d's own truth. Anti-Semitism, the hatred of the Jewish people, has been and remains a blot on the soul of mankind. In this we are in full agreement. So know also this: anti-Zionist is inherently anti-Semitic, and ever will be so."

I am opposed to Zionism because I feel that it's absurd to believe that one religion owns rights to the Holy Land of three religions--Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The matter is only made more complicated by apocalypse hungry Christian Zionists who believe that the Jewish "return" to absolute control of the Holy Land will mark the second coming of Jesus.

What makes me angry about Zionism isn't that Jews want a place in the Holy Land, but that they want the entire hunk of desert. If Palestine is going to be controlled for religious reasons, then Palestine/the Kingdom of Israel should be both accessible and under control of the three groups who call it their spiritual origin. This of course brings up the idea of theocracy, but that isn't something to discuss right now.

King wrote, "All men of good will exult in the fulfillment of G-d's promise, that His people should return in joy to rebuild their plundered land. This is Zionism, nothing more, nothing less." Clearly, King is a Christian Zionist who believes that for his own religious fulfillment, the Muslims should be pushed out of the Holy Land. This seems a bit contradictory and selfish coming from someone who gave his own life for equal rights. I am perplexed and saddened to find that King's unselfishness stops at his own religious wants.

While being anti-Zionist is not mutually exclusive to anti-Semitism, the two are independent: one can be opposed to the Zionist movement without hating Judaism. Although I am opposed to the persecution of Muslims through Zionism, I do not feel that Jews are cause of economic, moral, and social destruction around the world, as anti-Semites feel. King is lumping the two groups together to attach those in opposition to his religious desires with a philosophy that is known throughout history to be one of the most hateful and deadly ideals.

8 Comments:

Fascinating stuff, Spencer. My head's spinning as my body's screaming for bedtime (1am out this way), but I'll get back to you on this tomorrow.
1/18/2005 01:03:00 am  
Sure, not a problem. Goodnight.

Also, an important thing to note that I didn't mention in the entry (as it's probably evident--but I want to talk about it anyway) is that King was obviously very biased towards Christianity, and felt that it was the only way to save people from the evil in the world. While he's all for helping his own people, as well as other racial minorities, it appears he's willing to write Palestinian Muslims off as casualties of his cause.
1/18/2005 01:07:00 am  
I have no problems with Jews having their own piece of land to call their own but not at the expense of the Palestinians. But, with the powerful pro-Israel lobbies and Christian fundamentalist in the states I don't see how the Palestinians can hope to get fair treatment.

At the same time I think American Indians and African Americans should have their own state also. They should rise up about their holocaust and demand they have a place of their own just as the Jews did. Does this sound far-fetched? Why?
1/18/2005 08:58:00 am  
"I have no problems with Jews having their own piece of land to call their own but not at the expense of the Palestinians. But, with the powerful pro-Israel lobbies and Christian fundamentalist in the states I don't see how the Palestinians can hope to get fair treatment.

At the same time I think American Indians and African Americans should have their own state also. They should rise up about their holocaust and demand they have a place of their own just as the Jews did. Does this sound far-fetched? Why?"

The Palestinians are outnumbered many-to-one here in the US... there's very little support for their cause. I agree that the American Indians and blacks should demand more, but fortunately they have enough toasters and television to be sedated. Our government and society have managed a nice balance of screwing them and giving them shiny things to keep them from demanding more.
1/18/2005 09:53:00 am  
"Our government and society have managed a nice balance of screwing them and giving them shiny things to keep them from demanding more."

I know you're right. I made this statement for thought only. Or maybe to compare how other people who have been in everyway just as abused as the Jews manage to co-habitate with their abusers. I am saying wouldn't American Indians have just as much right to demand their land back from the US. Wouldn't African Americans have just as much right to demand their slice of Africa?
LOL I know this is preposterous thinking but it's mine.

I do not think we should forget the holocaust. But, we should remember all of our history and learn from it. Listening to pro-Israel groups one would think the Jews are the only people in the world that have suffered. Genocide is going on today even as we speak even in Palestine. Now is the time for someone to jump in and tell me "there is no Palestine."
1/18/2005 10:39:00 am  
Ummm, minor difference between Zionism and Indians/Blacks. In Judaism, God promised the Holy Land to the Jews (Chosen people and all that).

God promised bupkiss to the Indians and Blacks.

Personally, I feel a lot better if the Middle East Holy Places were either nuked into nothing, or owned by devout Atheists. Charge a small fee. Run classes on Critical Thinking.
1/18/2005 09:05:00 pm  
To Hiram:

"or owned by devout Atheists. "

Devout atheists. Mmmmm... interesting concept. Hey I kinda like the idea!
1/18/2005 09:23:00 pm  
"Ummm, minor difference between Zionism and Indians/Blacks. In Judaism, God promised the Holy Land to the Jews (Chosen people and all that).

God promised bupkiss to the Indians and Blacks.

Personally, I feel a lot better if the Middle East Holy Places were either nuked into nothing, or owned by devout Atheists. Charge a small fee. Run classes on Critical Thinking."

Heh... as nice as that may be, it kind of annihilates the point of what I wrote, buuuut that's okay.
1/19/2005 02:33:00 am  

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