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Lee Kaplan claims, "'tis true that DAFKA exposes those of Jewish descent only who are now communists and anarchists (or as Lenin called them "useful idiots") who try to use that ancestry to attack and try to dismantle Israel."

First, Lenin never called Jewish anarchists and communists useful idiots.

Becky Johnson asked me the other day, "Are you disputing my claim that leading Rabbis and leaders in the Israeli govt. are NOT openly calling for the genocide of the Palestinian people?"

Yes that is exactly what I am saying. There are many leaders who openly call for such things. But they don't just call for it, they are carrying it out. Sharon himself directed the roundup and murder of thousands of Palestinians at Sabra and Shatila. Unarmed prisoners executed in a stadium! Becky Johnson and Lee Kaplan, Fuck your Zionist ideology of Jewish superiority, it is an ideology of active genocide.

How Israel Promotes Anti-Semitism (Part 1)

Letter on Israel from Becky Johnson and Response by Steve Argue.

Letter to Editor,

You have to go back and read your history books. Palestine was the
name the British gave to the mandate they took over (in typical
British imperial fashion) from the crumbling Ottoman Empire.
Palestinians at the time included everyone who lived there, including
the Jews. Palestine ceased to exist when Israel was formed in 1948.
The plan from the UN was to have the state of Palestine right next to
Israel. But all the Arab neighbors (and the Arab population within
the borders of the new state of Israel) rejected this two state
solution and responded by out and out war waged on the Israelis.

The Palestinians (Arabs who live or lived within the boundaries of
Israel) didn't even start to call themselves that until 1968--- twenty
years after the establishment of Israel. Basically the concept of
Palestine is a manufactured one to drum up support for these Arabs and
to decrease support for Israel by the claim that Israel is on THEIR

Remember, the Arabs and muslims who did not flee in 1948, but
stayed in Israel have full citizenship, have freedom to practice their
religion, own property, vote, have representation in the Knesset, and
compose 18% of the population.

There is no Palestine. And there never was except as a British

---Becky Johnson

Editor responds:

Actually history is one of my strong points. You state that I need
to consult my history books, yet you make statements that are
inarguably historically incorrect. Palestine was in existence as a
recognized territory of the Ottoman Empire long before British control
and even before the beginnings of Jewish colonization by the Zionist

These inhabitants of the region also had Arab nationalist
sentiments that opposed the control of the Ottoman Empire before the
creation of the Zionist State and have since opposed many of the U.S.,
French, and British imposed kings, crown princes, emirs, sheiks, etc.
that Zionists like to claim represent the aspirations of the Arab

Your attempt to deny a people of even the name of their homeland is
consistent with an ideology that denies an entire people of the right
to their homeland. The fact that bloody repression and horrible
discrimination has driven the majority of Palestinians from large
parts of their homeland without the right of return is not enough.
The Zionist movement wants to wipe away the rightful name of the land
they have conquered by re-writing history and denying there ever was a

From its beginnings in the eighteen hundreds the Zionist movement
had little concern for the Arab inhabitants of the Palestinian land
they would settle. Instead they appealed to imperialist powers as
potential allies against the Arab people in setting up their Zionist
state. For example Zionist leader T. Herzl stated around 1897: "If
his majesty the Sultan were to give us Palestine, we could undertake
to regulate Turkey's finances. For Europe, we would constitute a
bulwark against Asia down there; we would be the advance post of
civilization against barbarism. As a neutral state, we would remain
in constant touch with all of Europe, which would guarantee our
existence" (from Rodinson, "Israel a Colonial Settler State?").

By being neutral Herzl is obviously referring to the Zionist
dealings with powers of Europe and not to the colonial "barbarians"
already in and around the land he would settle and conquer.

An Arab leader in Jerusalem named Nassif Bey al-Khalidi who tried
unsuccessfully to work out an agreement between Arabs and the Zionist
movement warned the Zionists with the following statement, "Be very
careful, Messieurs Zionists, governments disappear, but peoples
remain. The Jewish immigrants came to Palestine believing it to be a
desolate, sparsely inhabited country. They were too busy with their
own business and too ignorant of Arabic to notice what was going on
around them. Since it was the Turks who ruled Palestine, they turned
all their attention toward the Turks. This did not make them popular
with the Arabs" (from Neville Mandel, "Chapters of Arab-Jewish
Diplomacy 1918-1922").

The Jewish immigrants never became integrated in any way with the
native Arab population. This was true economically, politically,
socially, and linguistically. These Jewish immigrants were so
separate from the Palestinian people that they were only Palestinian
to the extent that they were physically living in Palestine.

It took the weakening of the Sultan during the First World War for
Europe (specifically England) to move in and grant the colonial
framework for Jewish colonization that aimed itself at the goal of an
exclusively Jewish state. This framework was set forth in a British
political charter in November 1917 called the Balfour Declaration
which stated, "His Majesty's government views with favor the
establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people."

Within this framework an exclusive Jewish state was the stated goal
of all but a small minority in the Zionist movement, a goal that
obviously would be at the expense of the Arab people already living in
Palestine. In order to placate the Palestinians, however, the Balfour
declaration stated, "it should be clearly understood that nothing
should be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of
the non-Jewish communities in Palestine."

While Britain was trying to placate the Arabs Zionist leader
Jabotinsky was very clear on Zionist intentions stating in 1923 in his
Book the "Iron Wall", "There can be no discussion of voluntary
reconciliation between us and the Arabs, not now, and not in the
foreseeable future. All well meaning people, with the exception of
those blind from birth, understood long ago the complete impossibility
of arriving at a voluntary agreement with the Arabs of Palestine for
the transformation of Palestine from an Arab country to a country with
a Jewish majority. Each of you has some understanding of the history
of colonization. Try to find even one example when the colonization
took place with the agreement of the native population."

In understanding the existence of a Palestinian people and the
struggles yet to come Jabotinsky went on to state, "They have the
precise psychology we have. They look upon Palestine with the same
instinctive love and fervor that any Aztec looked upon his Mexico or
any Sioux upon his prairie. Each people will struggle against
colonizers until the last spark of hope that they can avoid the
dangers of conquest and colonization is extinguished. The
Palestinians will struggle in this way until there is hardly a spark
of hope."

Jabotinsky's view, and the policy that would later be carried out
against the Palestinians could not be made any clearer than his
following statement from the same writing: "We can not give any
compensation for Palestine, neither to the Palestinians nor to the
other Arabs. Therefore a voluntary agreement is inconceivable. All
colonization, even the most restricted, must continue in defiance of
the native population. Therefore it can continue and develop only
under the shield of force which comprises an Iron Wall through which
the Arab population can never break through. This is our Arab policy.
To formulate it any other way would be hypocrisy."

In explaining the differences between Zionist factions in dealing
with the Palestinians Jabotinsky stated, "Force must play its role -
with strength and without indulgence. In this, in this there are no
differences between our militarists and our vegetarians. One prefers
an Iron Wall of Jewish bayonets; the other prefers an Iron Wall of
English bayonets."

On these issues Rabbi Judas L. Magnes, President of the Hebrew
University Jerusalem wrote, "by definition a Jewish state means that
Jews will govern other people, other people who live in this Jewish
state…Jabotinsky knew this long ago. He was the prophet of the Jewish
state...In his early writings he said: 'Has a people ever been known
to give up its territory of its own volition? Likewise, the Arabs of
Palestine will not renounce their sovereignty without violence.'"

On the morals of Jabotinsky's plans and his desire to extinguish
all hopes of the Palestinian people he is as clear in the "Iron Wall"
as Hitler is of his intentions in "Mein Kampf" with Jabotinsky
stating: "To the hackneyed reproach that this point of view is
unethical, I answer 'absolutely untrue.' This is our ethic. There is
no other ethic. As long as there is the faintest hope for the Arabs
to impede us they will not sell these hopes - not for any sweet word
nor for any tasty morsel, because this is not a rabble but a people, a
living people. And no people makes such enormous concessions on such
fateful questions, except when there is no hope left, until we have
removed every opening visible in the Iron Wall."

In 1940 Jabotinsky states in "The Jewish War Front": "Since we have
the moral authority for calmly envisaging the exodus of the Arabs, we
need not regard the possible departure of 900,000 with dismay. Herr
Hitler has recently been enhancing the popularity of population

While the Arabs of Palestine were extremely tolerant of the
Zionists who were moving in to take their land and their hopes the
Zionist movement was never interested in forming any sort of alliance
with the Arab people. Instead the Zionist movement from its inception
was openly anti-Arab and pro-imperialist, even though those same
imperial powers were the same ones who were carrying out pogroms
against the Jews in the ghettos across Europe. This pro-imperialist
policy included close relations with the pogromist leaders of
anti-Semitic Czarist Russia who murdered tens of thousands of Jews,
and later Zionist support and deals that aided the fascist death camps
of Nazi Germany.

Jews, in fact, are victims of Zionism along side Arabs. From the
beginning of Hitler's seizure of power in 1933 the Zionist movement
lent their support to the Nazis, support which lasted until at least
1944 when they aided Hitler's "final solution" in Hungary killing
800,000 Jews. On the surface the idea of Zionist relations with the
Nazis may sound illogical and seem made up. Those relations, however,
are well documented.

Hitler seized power in 1933 with a clear fascistic program that
called for the annihilation of all socialists, communists, labor
leaders, and Jews. Despite this fact the Zionist Federation of
Germany sent the Nazi Party a memorandum on June 21, 1933 stating: "…a
rebirth of national life such as is occurring in German life … must
also take place in the Jewish national group. On the foundation of
the new [Nazi] state, which has established itself on the principle of
race, we wish to fit our community into the total structure so that
for us, too, in the sphere assigned to us, fruitful activity for the
Fatherland is possible…." (Brenner, Zionism, pg. 48).

The policy of supporting Hitler was later upheld at the World
Zionist Organization Congress in 1933 where a motion to take action
against Hitler was defeated 240 to 43. Thus the Jewish boycott of the
German economy at a time of economic weakness and vulnerability was
broken with the World Zionist Organization's Anglo Palestine Bank
resuming trade. In fact the World Zionist Organization became the
principal distributors of Nazi goods in Northern Europe and the Middle

Feivel Polkes was a member of Zionist leader Jabotinsky's Haganah
militia. He was sent by Jabotinsky to Berlin to inform Nazi leader
Adolf Eichman of his intention to spy for the S.S. in exchange for the
release of the money of German Jews for use on the Zionist project.
Zionist Feivel told Nazi Eichman, "Jewish Nationalist Circles are very
pleased with the radical German policy, since the strength of the
Jewish population in Palestine would be so far increased thereby that
in the foreseeable future the Jews would reckon upon numerical
superiority over the Arabs" (from Brenner, "Zionism" pg. 99).

Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's minister of propaganda, felt so fond of
the Zionist movement and their close working relations that he wrote a
12 part report in Der Angriff (The Assault) praising the Zionist
movement and ordered a medallion struck with a swastika on one side
and the Zionist Star of David on the other.

Collaboration included an agreement in Hungary between Zionist
agent Dr. Rudolph Kastner and Nazi leader Adolph Eichman. Under the
1944 agreement the Nazis would murder 800,000 Hungarian Jews without
Zionist interference and with complete silence from the Zionist
movement. In exchange 600 prominent Jews would be freed from Hungary.
The Nazis then opened up a Rescue Department in Hungary headed by
Kastner. These facts were exposed by a survivor named Malchiel
Greenwald who was subsequently sued by the Israeli government, sued by
the same leaders that had fashioned the deal made by Kastner in the
first place.

Kastner's collaboration with the Nazis was confirmed with the
Israeli court stating, "The sacrifice of the majority of the Jews, in
order to rescue the prominents was the basic element in the agreement
between Kastner and the Nazis. This agreement fixed the division of
the nation into two unequal camps, a small fragment of prominents,
whom the Nazis promised Kastner to save, on the one hand, and the
majority of Hungarian Jews whom the Nazis designated for death, on the
other hand." (Judgment given on June 22, 1955, Protocol of Criminal
Case 124/53 in District Court, Jerusalem)

The Zionists subsequently ignored a plan drawn up by the resistance
that could have saved many, if not most, of Hungary's Jews. The
Zionist silence and lack of action against Nazi atrocities in fact
characterizes their stance throughout the entire holocaust. A plan
complete with maps was drawn up that would blow-up railroad tracks to
the death camps and crematoria and airdropped ammunition to the 80,000
Jews in Auschwitz. Part of the plan also included the parachuting of
saboteurs to blow up the Auschwitz facility that was murdering 13,000
people a day. Had the Zionist movement not been so intent on fighting
the Arabs rather than the real anti-Semite butchers of Europe they
could have gathered the resources to carry out such operations.
Likewise Great Britain and the United States could have carried out
the proposed measures as well, but chose not to save the Jews and felt
no pressure from the silent Zionist movement to do so.

This caused Rabbi Weismandel who had drawn up the plans against
Auschwitz to ask of the Zionists in July 1944, "this special message
to inform you that yesterday the Germans began deportations of Jews
from Hungary. … The deported ones go to Auschwitz to be put to death
by cyanide gas. This is the schedule, of Auschwitz from yesterday to
the end: Twelve thousand Jews - men, women and children, old men,
infants, healthy and sick ones, are to be suffocated daily. And you,
our brothers in Palestine, in all the countries of freedom, and you
ministers of all the Kingdoms, how do you keep silent in the face of
this great murder. Silent while thousands upon thousands, reaching
now to six million Jews, are murdered? And silent now, while tens of
thousands are still being murdered or waiting to be murdered? Their
destroyed hearts cry out to you for help as they bewail your cruelty.
Brutal, you are and murderers, too, you are, because of the cold
bloodedness of the silence in which you watch, because you sit with
folded arms and do nothing, although you could stop or delay the
murder of Jews at this very hour. You, our brothers, sons of Israel,
are you insane?" (From Shoenman, "The Hidden History of Zionism?")

The Zionists also fought against the immigration of Jews to other
countries where they could escape extermination. Explaining their
policy of pressuring Great Britain and the United States not to adopt
immigration policies that would have saved the lives of Jews Zionist
leader Ben Gurion stated in 1938: "If I knew that it would be possible
to save all the children in Germany by bringing them over to England
and only half of them by transporting them to Eretz Israel, then I
would opt for the second option" (from Brenner, "Zionism", pg. 149).

The ability of the Zionist movement to sacrifice the lives of
millions of Jews for the settling of Palestine had a consistent inner
logic. That logic speaks volumes. While some of the first victims of
these Zionist madmen were the Jewish people, the Palestinians were
next. And today the continued Zionist mistreatment of the Palestinian
people is one of the biggest threats to the lives of Jewish people
because some of the Arab victims of Zionism now do not differentiate
between the crimes of Zionism and the Jewish people. In addition the
Israeli government aided in the formation of the anti-Semitic
organization Hamas and today uses their suicide bombings against
civilians as a way to gain sympathy and support in the Zionist war
against the Palestinian people (more on this later). Objectively the
Zionist capitalist state is, in fact, the common enemy of both Jews
and Arabs.

In the 1940s Jews were only one third of the population of
Palestine. The Arab majority had not yet been driven from their land.
The British, in considering their entire imperial interests in the
Middle East and their need for good relations with Arabs had
backtracked from their original support of a Jewish state in
Palestine. Thus the Zionist minority carried out a war of
independence against Britain in order to set up the Jewish state. The
Palestinian people, the majority of the population, were not consulted
by the Zionists on what kind of future they would like to have for
their homeland and had little involvement in the war although a few
did side with British forces.

After independence from the Britain in 1948 the Zionist state began
a massive expropriation of Palestinian land that has not ended. Becky
Johnson's claim that, "the Arabs and Muslims who did not flee in 1948,
but stayed in Israel have full citizenship, have freedom to practice
their religion, own property, vote, have representation in the
Knesset, and compose 18% of the population" is so utterly untrue as to
defy common sense. Besides defying the facts, which we shall
establish, I ask why most of an entire people would voluntarily flee
the land in which they had built flourishing towns, a rich
agriculture, and a vibrant cultural life with nowhere else to go? The
short answer is that they did not flee voluntarily. They had met the
"Jewish bayonets" of Zionist Jabotinsky's "Iron Wall". To deny this
fact comes in on the same level as those who deny the Holocaust of

The humiliating conditions of the Palestinian people were recently
observed by former anti-Apartheid fighter Archbishop Desmond Tutu who
wrote: "I have been very deeply distressed by my visit to the Holy
Land; it reminded me so much of what happened to us black people in
South Africa. I have seen the humiliation of Palestinians at
checkpoints and roadblocks, suffering like us when young police
officers prevented us from moving about.

"On my visit to the Holy Land I drove to a church with the Anglican
bishop in Jerusalem. I could hear tears in his voice as he pointed to
Jewish settlements. I thought of the desire of Israelis for security.
But what of the Palestinians who have lost their land and homes?

"I have experienced Palestinians pointing to what were their homes,
now occupied by Jewish Israelis. I was walking with Canon Naim Ateek
(the head of the Sabeel Ecumenical Centre) in Jerusalem. He pointed
and said: 'Our home was over there. We were driven out of our home;
it is now occupied by Israeli Jews.'

"My heart aches. I say why are our memories so short. Have our
Jewish sisters and brothers forgotten their humiliation? Have they
forgotten the collective punishment, the home demolitions, in their
own history so soon?"

Although the Israeli government claims that Palestinians have the
right to own property, this is a lie. Ever since 1948 Palestinians in
Israel do not have the right to own land, because their land is often
confiscated by force for Hebrew settlement and agriculture. Water
rights have been systematically cut off and diverted away from
Palestinian lands and given to stolen Hebrew owned lands. Palestinian
laborers are then denied by law the right to work the Hebrew owned
agricultural lands, although they are sometimes illegally employed as
cheap labor with no labor rights.

Palestinians do not have the right to freely travel. Reminiscent
of chattel slavery, Palestinian families are often separated by
Israeli officials who commonly do not grant necessary permits for
Palestinians to enter neighborhoods or towns where wives, husbands, or
children live. In contrast the Hebrew population has full rights to

Palestinians often do not have the right to keep their own homes,
which are often confiscated or bulldozed. The bulldozing of houses is
a common punishment of families whose children are accused of throwing
stones at Israeli soldiers. Recently in Jenin houses were bulldozed
with people inside, an act that besides killing people also made an
estimated 4,000 people homeless.

Palestinians do not have the right to freedom of speech and
regularly face arrest, torture, and execution for their political
views. Even Hebrew speakers who support rights for Palestinians or an
end to Israeli wars have, at times, had their press shut down by the
Israeli government or had their demonstrations attacked and beaten by
Israeli soldiers.

Palestinians do not have the same right to an education as Hebrew
speaking people based on the fact that higher education is paid for
through the forced military inscription of Hebrew speakers while
Palestinians are excluded from the military. It would in fact make no
sense for the Zionists to allow Palestinians into their military since
military humiliation, brutality, and outright terror against
Palestinians is a part of every day duty for an Israeli soldier.
Likewise few blacks served in the Apartheid military of South Africa.

Those Palestinians that are then driven out of what was once
Palestine usually are not allowed to return, while Jews who have never
set foot in Israel are granted automatic citizenship (with the
exception of two Jewish supporters of Palestinians named Ralph
Shoenman and Mya Shone who have the honor of not being allowed into
Israel because of their writings). Those Palestinians that are forced
from Israel are often bombed by Israel in their refugee camps or
massacred in other ways. In the 1982 case of the Sabra and Chatila
refugee camps in Lebanon, Palestinians were rounded up and
systematically slaughtered in the thousands by Israeli troops and
their Phalangist Militia allies.

As survivor Mrs. Sersawi testified in a Belgium appeals court on
the Israeli governments war crimes, "The Lebanese forces militia
[Phalangists] had taken us from our homes and marched us up to the
entrance of the camp where a large hole had been dug in the earth.
The men were told to get into it. Then the militiamen shot a
Palestinian. The women and children climbed over bodies to get to
this spot, but we were truly shocked by seeing this man killed in
front of us and there was a roar of shouting and screams from the
women. That's when we heard the Israelis on a loudspeaker shouting,
'give us your men.' We thought, 'thank God, they will save us.'

"We were told to walk up the road to the Kuwaiti Embassy, the women
and children in front, the men behind. We had been separated. There
were Phalangist Militiamen and Israeli soldiers walking alongside us.
I could still see Hassan (her husband with whom she was 3 months
pregnant) and Faraj (her brother-in-law). It was like a parade.
There were several hundred of us. When we got to Cite Sportif, the
Israelis put us women in a big concrete room and the men were taken to
another side of the stadium. There were a lot of men from the camp
and I could no longer see my husband. The Israelis went around saying
'Sit, sit.' It was 11 AM. An hour later we were told to leave. But
we stood outside amid the Israeli soldiers, waiting for our men.

"Some men came out, none of them younger than 40, and they told us
to be patient, that hundreds of men were still inside. Then about 4
PM an Israeli officer came out. He was wearing dark glasses and said
in Arabic: 'What are you waiting for?' He said there was nobody left,
that everyone had gone. There were Israeli trucks moving out with
tarpaulin over them. We couldn't see inside. And there were jeeps
and tanks and a bulldozer making a lot of noise. We stayed there as
it got dark and the Israelis appeared to be leaving and we were very
nervous. But when the Israelis had moved away, we went inside. And
there was no one there. Nobody. I had been only three years married.
I never saw my husband again."

Sabra and Shatila are only one of the massacres of people done by
the Israeli government in the past 54 years of Israeli occupation of
Palestinian land. Today all of the Palestinian towns of historic
Palestine are either occupied by Israeli troops who are killing people
or surrounded by Israeli troops and tanks who are poised to attack.
While Israeli troops are claiming that they are only killing
combatants Human Rights Watch has documented the following crimes in
Jenin alone: murders of civilians including children, the old, and the
disabled; summary executions; the bulldozing of houses with people in
them; and the use of Palestinian civilians as human shields.
The cities of Ramallah and Jenin have been laid to waste by the
Zionists just as the Nazis smashed the towns of Guarnica and Lidice in
the name of collective punishment. Likewise the heroic resistance of
Palestinian fighters in the face of superior military force is
reminiscent of the Jewish fighters in the Warsaw Ghetto and Vilna.

The Israeli offensive will not stop those willing to do suicide
missions against civilians, attacks that are futile attempts to combat
the genocide Palestinians face. The Israeli offensive does the
opposite in deepening the conditions that created suicide bombers in
the first place. The anger created is by escalated Israeli murder is
actually more likely to increase the number tragic of attacks on
Hebrew civilians. At the same time Israel has not targeted the main
base of the suicide bombers, Gaza, where Hamas is heavily organized.
In fact, the murderous Israeli repression really isn't meant to stop
attacks on Hebrew civilians because these bombings by Hamas actually
play right into the Zionist government's aims and objectives in
pushing for a final solution against the Palestinian people and the
Palestinian Authority who the Israeli government consistently blame
for the attacks by Hamas.

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