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The premise of this book is obvious from the title and the author presents a wealth of factual evidence to back it up. Zionism is an ideology based on the claim that "God" gave land in the Middle East to the Jewish people several thousand years ago. The concept is clearly ridiculous given that the vast majority of Jewish people today have no relationship to the Jews of antiquity other than a religious belief that many adopted relatively recently. This fact alone makes a mockery of the idea that a portion of land in the Middle East belongs to the Jews of today. It also makes a mockery of the idea that to criticize Zionism is anti-semitic - hatred of Jewish people.
The Zionist movement is and always has been owned by a small group of individuals who used the manipulative power of religion to further their own selfish agenda.
The January 16th 2007 edition of Boston Globe ran an editorial by the editorial page director, H.D.S. Greenway. It was a typical apparently left-of-center piece on a possible attack on Iran, with Greenway urging everyone to "step back and take a deep breath". Towards the end of the piece however, Greenway makes a comment in which he momentarily strikes at the heart of the matter only to then gloss it over with a line taken directly from the Zionist book of truisms.
"Every Israeli prime minister has had to fear in one remote corner of the brain that the effect of Zionism might be to gather all the Jews in one place for destruction. This fear has been brought front and center by Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's criminally irresponsible call for the destruction of the Jewish state."
The only truth in this statement is found in the words "the effect of Zionism [has been] to gather all the Jews in one place for destruction." The idea, as implied by Greenway, that this was a mistake on the part of the Zionists who created and continue to control the Zionist state is laughable, mainly because it was patently obvious from the very outset that to create a state for Jews in 1948 by stealing land belonging to another people and to proceed to oppress, and periodically murder, the indigenous population over the following 58 years was the best way to ensure a perpetual threat to the Jews of Israel.
Furthermore, in his book Ben-Gurion's Scandals: How the Haganah and the Mossad Eliminated Jews Naeim Giladi states:
"From the start they (Zionist leaders) knew that in order to establish a Jewish state they had to expel the indigenous Palestinian population to the neighboring Islamic states and import Jews from these same states. Vladimir Jabotinsky, Netanyahu's ideological progenitor, frankly admitted that such a transfer of populations could only be brought about by force.
David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, told a Zionist Conference in 1937 that any proposed Jewish state would have to "transfer Arab populations out of the area, if possible of their own free will, if not by coercion." After 750,000 Palestinians were uprooted and their lands confiscated in 1948-49, Ben-Gurion had to look to the Islamic countries for Jews who could fill the resultant cheap labor market. "Emissaries" were smuggled into these countries to "convince" Jews to leave either by trickery or fear.
In the case of Iraq, both methods were used: uneducated Jews were told of a Messianic Israel in which the blind see, the lame walk, and onions grow as big as melons; educated Jews had bombs thrown at them."
To this we must add the Fact of Zionist collaboration with the Nazis during WWII. In Lenni Brenner's book,51 Documents: Zionist Collaboration With the Nazis we read:
"The infamous SS-Hptscharf, Adolf Eichmann, had visited Palestine in October, 1937 as the guest of the Zionists. He also met in Egypt with Feivel Polkes, a Zionist operative whom Eichmann described as a "leading Haganah functionary." The chain-smoking Polkes was also on the Nazis' payroll "as an informer."[...]
After the Holocaust began in 1942, Eichmann dealt regularly with Dr. Rudolf Kastner, a Hungarian Jew, whom he considered a "fanatical Zionist." At issue was the bargaining over the eventual fate of Hungary's Jews, who were slated for liquidation in the Nazi-run death camps. Eichmann said this about Kastner, the Zionist representative:
"I believe that [he] would have sacrificed a thousand or a hundred thousand of his blood to achieve his political goal. He was not interested in old Jews or those who had become assimilated into Hungarian society. 'You can have the others,' he would say, 'but let me have this group here.' And because Kastner rendered us a great service by helping keep the deportation camps peaceful. I would let his groups escape."
After the Nuremberg Anti-Jewish Race Laws were enacted in Sept., 1935 only two flags that were permitted to be displayed in all of Nazi Germany. One was Hitler's favorite, the Swastika. The other was the blue and white banner of Zionism. The Zionists were also allowed to publish their own newspaper. The reasons for this Reich-sponsored favoritism was, according to the author:
"The Zionists and the Nazis had a common interest, making German Jews emigrate to Palestine." However, according to Greenway, the Bush government and the Zionists in Israel, the root cause of any possible threat to the future of the Jews of Israel is the 'bogeyman du jour', President Adhmadinejad. Evidence for this 'fact' is provided by the oft-repeated yet entirely false claim that the Iranian president has "called for the destruction of the Jewish state."
The minor problem with this 'fact' is that it is a lie. What Ahmadinejad actually said was that the "Zionist entity" (meaning the small group of Zionist leaders) should be "wiped from the pages of history", and given the clear and present danger that these psychopaths pose to not only the Jewish people but the entire planet, who but the most ignorant could disagree with him.
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The most striking thing about Alan Hart's book to me, and what sets it apart, is his extraordinary access to the personalities and his on-scene perspective on events that he writes of. As British tv's ace journalist there two generations ago, he knew and was known to the leading figures of Zionism-- people like Golda Meir, Moshe Dayan, Shimon Peres, Levi Eschol, Menachem Begin etc (not sure of them all, but this is representative). And he witnessed what was going on, day after day, as a major correspondent.
Because Hart's book begins by recounting a few personal experiences with the great political figures of Israel, as I began reading it I thought to my self 'uh-oh , I hope this isn't going to be a memoir and parade of name-dropping.' My concerns were quickly dispelled. As it turns out, his selection of stories bears perfectly on his topic. What he actually presents is a close and deep journalistic reflection on Zionism during its formative decades. Again, this comes from an on-scene journalist's perspective rather than that of a remote academic, so the effect is exceptional. Also, he is not himself Jewish or an Israeli, as the writers of so many good Zionist histories are (e.g. Shahak, Lilienthal, Morris, Pappe). Anyway, after Hart gets a few stunning anecdotes into play to set the stage, he gets into telling his story as a fact-filled, methodical and very readable historical narrative.
I must admit that I did not read carefully, however,as the book is quite voluminous and I frankly have read so many books on 20th century Zionism that it is hard to keep my interest and close attention throughout. This does not at all reflect on Hart's style, which is engaging and powerful. I merely picked this book up in the first place because it came so highly recommended to my by someone whose opinion I value. So, from the standpoint of giving a fresh or exhaustive competent analysis, I admit I am perhaps not as good a reviewer as I would like to be.
What does stand out in my mind, however, as new or surprising material, are a couple of things. One is Hart's chapter about the disposition of Europe's Jews in the 1930s and 1940s, following Hitler's ascendancy and the sudden predicament Jews faced after the Nuremberg laws. The evidence and narrative that Hart brings to bear comes out COMPLETELY contrary to what we have all been told-- in what I now regard as a one-sided weepy victimhood saga that doesn't quite stand up. And I must say that the evidence Hart presents does not at all reflect favorably on the conduct of Zionists and its global partisans who were already shepherding Israel during that time.
Hart's information also dovetails with the revisionist counter-narratives which are telling us that we have all actually suffered a massive campaign of disinformation for decades, regarding the founding of Israel. One of many titles that comes to mind is Roger Garaudy's 'Founding Myths of Modern Israel.' As Hart brings out his (to me) new facts, tactfully and judiciously, it really makes one a bit angry once again, to realize how deceived we all have been. Anger is only natural and morally right.
Another chapter I particularly prized was one devoted to telling of the sometimes heroic patriotism of men like James Forrestal, the first U.S. Secretary of Defense, who suicided under difficult and questionable circumstances as he was standing up to the powerful poliical forces against him. He and a number of other American leaders in the mid-1940s, including Roosevelt and the majority of the U.S. state department, self-sacrificially sought to protect the rights of the Palestinians and Arab states, and broader American interests in the Mideast. God help them, they did not support Israel. Alas, all were steamrolled by the well-oiled juggernaut of Zionism.
My sole complaint as it were, is that the book seemed too long and detailed, especially as this is a 2-vol. work. I think I understand the necessity of completeness when the chronicle in question is of such gravity and immediate importance. I think perhaps Hart realizes the urgency of issuing a bold and comprehensive tome, marshallng all his facts and giving due weight. I am not really complaining about the length, but rather, expressing a sense of frustration that the data he gives may be easily missed or will not be brought into full prominence as it should be.
Perhaps after vol. 2 comes out, a third will also emerge down the road as single-volume 'highlights' edition that hits a mass audience over the head with information that we desperately need to know. In any case, I certainly look forward to vol. 2 and whatever else Mr Hart ever writes.