It is Othello, obsessed and driven by a delusional paranoia to ultimately destroy that which it loves best - itself.
It is Macbeth, haunted by bloody hands that will "ne’er come clean."
It is Richard the Third, driven by ruthless, insane ambition to manipulate, betray, murder and finally perish in the rage of its own making.
It is Bonnie and Clyde, heroic outlaws, vastly outnumbered with a posse of Texas Rangers finally closing in.
It is tragic heroes with many faces, all united by a common, desperate vision impelling ruthless actions for which all share responsibility that will make them largely indistinguishable in the long view of history.
And it is a natural force, evolving survival mechanisms in a hazardous environment - a small pilot fish shadowing a shark for protection through symbiosis, an otherwise vulnerable hermit crab inhabiting the protective shell of another creature.
It has been a coherent narrative for over a century, but tragically flawed from the beginning by self-obsessed ambition that ignored the humanity of others, staining itself forever with vile criminal acts against those whose humanity it disregarded.
The narrative has been so compelling that its victims have remained obscured and their humanity, until recently, tragically invisible.
In its inexorable march to destroy the culture and people of Palestine, Zionism is destroying itself. To survive, heal its self-inflicted damage, and become a normal, credible, and enduring state, Israel must disentangle itself from Zionism and form an entirely new collective self harmonious with non-Jews and a pluralistic world, a world evolving beyond ethnic narcissism that must continue to do so if we are to prevail against the challenges we face as a species.
Zionism has invested immense energy and resources, risked much, and generated terrible moral costs that it does not bear honestly or gracefully in single-minded pursuit of its doomed vision. Giving this up will be a great psychological loss for those who call themselves Zionists, but it will also be a great relief. It is necessary, and it is time.
A movement to establish a Jewish homeland in Palestinein response to persecution in Europe,founded upon claims of an ancient Jewish homeland in Palestine from which they had been expelled by the Romans, Zionism began in the late 19th century and has persisted with obsessive intensity until today. This was a colonial movement arising in the European (Ashkenazi) Jewish population, proclaiming a right to "reclaim" their historic land although, according to a 2008 book by Israeli historian Shlomo Sand, The Invention of the Jewish People, the Ashkenazis were a non-Semitic people originating not in Palestine but in Kazaria, a culture in the Caucusus region south of Russia, who converted to Judaism in the 8th or 9th century CE and emigrated over time into Russia and Eastern Europe. Moreover, Sand explains further, the 70 CE Jewish rebellion in Palestine was crushed by the Romans, but the Jews were not expelled as Jewish "mythistory" (as he calls it) claims. The Romans never expelled populations, Sand says, and there is no historical evidence of such an event.
Nor, Sand asserts, is there historical evidence of expulsion of the Jews from Egypt to support the Exodus mythistory. Canaan, to which they presumably escaped from Egypt, was in fact part of Egypt at the time. Progressive immigration over time in response to a variety of changing circumstances, yes. But massive expulsions, no.
David Ben-Gurion(upper left), the formative Zionist leader who headed the Jewish Agency during the British Mandate period following WWI, was aware of this deception, Sand says. Ben-Gurion was charged with responsibility to manage the Jewish community and cooperate with the British authorities. However, he was often suspected and occasionally accused of facilitating illegal Jewish immigration and terrorism. He was, in fact, an adamant Zionist and became the first Prime Minister of Israel.
Colonial Zionism differed from other European colonial enterprises by its much more ambitious intentions: not to simply exploit the indigenous people and steal their resources, but to expel the indigenous people and move Jews onto the stolen land, an "ingathering of the exiles" for which they actively recruited Jews from the nearby Arab world and elsewhere. Ben-Gurion succinctly stated the Zionist agenda in 1937, well before its 1948 eruption: "We must expel the Arabs and take their places." While Ben-Gurion had initially felt that co-existence with Palestinian Arabs might be possible, his hard-line rival in the Zionist movement, Vladimir Zabotinsky, asserted that co-existence would be impossible and that the Arab population would need to be excluded behind an "Iron Wall." This essential viewpoint has dominated the Zionist project.
The long and firmly established acceptance of Jews within Germany before the ascendancy of anti-Semitiism under Hitler amplified the conviction that no government could be trusted and that Jews must have their own state to control their own destiny. This inspired a fierce determination and an accelerated urgency following the Nazi Holocaust, which was used to justify the violent dispossession of indigenous Palestinians, seizure of their lands and properties and their expulsion from Palestine.
Some 3/4 million Palestinians were ethnically cleansed in 1948 in the wake of 33 massacres and "ingathering" Jews were given the homes and properties of dispossessed Palestinians. These Palestinians who fled or were expelled during the Nakba have never been allowed to return, a right they hold under international law enshrined in The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, confirmed for the Palestinian refugees in UN Resolution 194, and repeatedly re-confirmed by the UN on subsequent occasions. These and later refugees, and their descendants, with UN-registered claims against Israel now number over 4 million, and are the largest and longest-standing refugee population in the world.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) hastily created in 1948 to care for over 3/4 million refugees of the Zionist ethnic cleansing and terrorism still administer the 59 refugee camps today and remains the single largest item in the UN budget. Israel has refused to take responsibility for these victims, who have been cared for at public expense for over six decades. And Israel's refusal to honor their right of return to their homes remains the heart of the Middle East conflict. Israel agreed to honor this right as a condition of its 1949 admission to the United Nations, but has never done so.
The Zionist agenda has never deviated from these original goals, an archaic 19th-century vision of ethnic nationalism based upon a grandiose self-image of special entitlement. Statements of Israeli leaders across many decades show a remarkable consistency in affirming their sense of supremacy and entitlement.
"This country exists as a fulfillment of a promise made by God Himself. It would be ridiculous to ask it to account for its legitimacy."
-Golda Meir, 1971
"Israel may have the right to put others on trial, but certainly no one has the right to put the Jewish people and the State of Israel on trial."
-Ariel Sharon, 2001
"The Partition of Palestine is illegal... Jerusalem was and will forever be our capital. Eretz Israel will be restored to the people of Israel. All of it. And forever."
-Menachim Begin, 1947 (following UN partition recommendation)
"The settlement of the Land of Israel is the essence of Zionism. Without settlement, we will not fulfill Zionism. It's that simple."
-Yizhak Shamir, 1997
The Zionist worldview and agenda was well described by Avraham Stern, founder to the terrorist Stern Gang aka LEHI. Stern's worldview corresponded with that of Zabotinsky and remains still evident today in the policies and practices of Israel toward non-Jews remaining in what is now Israel and the occupied territories to which Zionism also claims a God-ordained right.
National Revival Principles (HaTechiya)
The Fighters for the Freedom of Israel (FFI) - The LEHI
by Avraham (Yair) Stern
1. THE NATION
The Jewish people is a covenanted people, the originator of monotheism, formulator of the prophetic teachings, standard bearer of human culture, guardian of glorious patrimony. The Jewish people is schooled in self-sacrifice and suffering; its vision, survivability and faith in redemption are indestructible.
2. THE HOMELAND
The homeland in the Land of Israel within the borders delineated in the Bible ("To your descendants, I shall give this land, from the River of Egypt to the great Euphrates River." Genesis 15:18) This is the land of the living, where the entire nation shall live in safety.
3. THE NATION AND ITS LAND
Israel conquered the land with the sword. There it became a great nation and only there it will be reborn. Hence Israel alone has a right to that land. This is an absolute right. It has never expired and never will.
4. THE GOALS
1. Redemption of the land.
2. Establishment of sovereignty.
3. Revival of the nation.
There is no sovereignty without the redemption of the land, and there is no national revival without sovereignty.
These are the goals of the organization during the period of war and conquest:
Educate the nation to love freedom and zealously guard Israel's eternal patrimony. Inculcate the idea that the nation is master to its own fate. Revive the doctrine that "The sword and the book came bound together from heaven" (Midrash Vayikra Rabba 35:8)
The unification of the entire nation around the banner of the Hebrew freedom movement. The use of the genius, status and resources of individuals and the channeling of the energy, devotion and revolutionary fervor of the masses for the war of liberation.
Make pacts with all those who are willing to help the struggle of the organization and provide direct support.
Consolidate and increase the fighting force in the homeland and in the Diaspora, in the underground and in the barracks, to become the Hebrew army of liberation with its flag, arms, and commanders.
Constant war against those who stand in the way of fulfilling the goals.
The conquest of the homeland from foreign rule and its eternal possession.
These are the tasks of the movement during the period of sovereignty and redemption:
Renewal of Hebrew sovereignty over the redeemed land.
12. RULE OF JUSTICE
The establishment of a social order in the spirit of Jewish morality and prophetic justice. Under such an order no one will go hungry or unemployed. All will live in harmony, mutual respect and friendship as an example to the world.
13. REVIVING THE WILDERNESS
Build the ruins and revive the wilderness for mass immigration and population increase.
Solve the problem of alien population by exchange of population.
15. INGATHERING OF THE EXILES
Total in-gathering of the exiles to their sovereign state.
The Hebrew nation shall become a first-rate military, political, cultural and economical entity in the Middle East and around the Mediterranean Sea.
The revival of the Hebrew language as a spoken language by the entire nation, the renewal of the historical and spiritual might of Israel. The purification of the national character in the fire of revival.
18. THE TEMPLE
The building of the Third Temple as a symbol of the new era of total redemption.
These concepts and objectives have remained the centerpieces of Israeli policy:
-Jews are a superior, "covenanted" people.
-Israel alone has a right to the land, which is absolute and eternal.
-The indigenous Arabs are "aliens" representing "foreign rule."
-All Jews in the world are "exiles" entitled to "liberation" through automatic Israeli citizenship in the "redeemed" land.
-Palestine was a "wilderness" for Jews to make bloom.
-Israel must become an invulnerable military power and Jews must make "constant war" on any who stand in their way (even if rightfully defending their own homes, farms and communities against invaders, killers and thieves).
Demand Freedom, Justice and Equality in the Holy Land