Trump Demonstrates Again Why Zionism Is Anti-Semitism – International Middle East Media Center

Posted By on December 25, 2019

by Asa Winstanley

You have to hand it toDonald Trump, he knows which side his bread is buttered.

Spewing out disgusting remarks that some of the commentariatdeemed onlycontroversial at worst,Trump attendedthe Israeli-American Councils (AIC) national summit earlier this month.

A major pro-Israel lobby group, the IAC, is bankrolled by anti-Palestinian casino billionaire, Sheldon Adelson.

By complete and utter coincidence, Adelson is also Trumps top election donor.

Trump used his speech at the summit to back Israeli crimes and racism to the hilt, as per usual, for all American presidents from either party.

But, those were not his controversial comments.

Those comments, in fact, were open and disgusting anti-Semitism. But, the crowd of Israel lobbyists did not respond to Trumps anti-Jewish racism with condemnation instead they clapped and applauded.

Speaking to the largely Jewish audience, Trump announced a lot of you are in the real estate business and that youre brutal killers, not nice people at all, but you have to vote for me. You have no choice. Youre not going to vote for Pocahontas, I can tell you that. Youre not going to vote for the wealth tax!

Trump managed to combine some of the worst anti-Semitic stereotypes into a handful of sentences: that Jews love money and are all wealth hoarding, greedy landlords. He also managed to throw in a racial slur against Native Americans for good measure, in the course of deploying his usual attack on Elizabeth Warren and her wealth tax proposal.

But Trumps open anti-Semitism wasexcused, justified and minimisedby Israels supporters in the US.

The condoning of anti-Semitism by Israels propagandists, is a reminder that Zionism has a long history of collusion with anti-Semitism one which goes right back to Zionisms founder,Theodor Herzl.

This truth was raised when the infamousBalfour Declarationof support for the aims of the Zionist movement was being debated by the British cabinet at the time by the only Jewish cabinet member, Edwin Montagu.

Montaguwrote in 1917 to his colleaguesthat: Zionism has always seemed to me to be a mischievous political creed.

He wrote: I assert that there is not a Jewish nation. The members of my family, for instance, who have been in this country for generations, have no sort or kind of community of view or of desire with any Jewish family in any other country, beyond the fact that they profess to a greater or less degree the same religion.

He had a warning for the rest of the British government: When the Jews are told that Palestine is their national home, every country will immediately desire to get rid of its Jewish citizens you will find a (Jewish) population in Palestine driving out its present inhabitants.

It is a tragedy that Montagus warnings were not heeded, and that the Balfour Declaration did indeed begin the process of submitting Palestine to the Zionist settlers, driving out the indigenous Palestinian inhabitants by force.

Trumps recent actions to help the Israel lobby and attack the movement for justice in Palestine, as well as being wrong in themselves, are also anti-Semitic by implication.

Hisrecent executive orderattacking the Palestine solidarity movement on US campuses, was a case in point.

It wastrailed in the mediaas, in effect, redefining Jewishness or Judaism as a nationality a worryingly anti-Semitic move with frightening historical parallels. Theactual text of the order is not quitethat.

But there is no doubt that, in embracing and entrenching Israels favoured, bogus, working definition of anti-Semitism, the order makes it harder for any genuine anti-racist efforts against anti-Semitism.

Director of the civil rights groupPalestine Legal, Dima Khalidi,calledthe executive order a bald-faced attempt to silence the movement for Palestinian rights on college campuses.

She continued that rather than providing any new protections to Jewish students against the rampant and deadly anti-Semitism of a resurgent white nationalism, the order aims to define the contours of what we can say about Palestine and Israel.

We wont abide, and it will be challenged, Khalidi declared.

It is yet another reminder that anti-Palestinianism and anti-Semitism are closely related. A markedly large number of supporters of Zionism want Jews to leave Europe, so that they will no longer have to live in close proximity to them.

This is part of the reason why Joseph Massad, associate professor of Modern Arab Politics and Intellectual History at Columbia University,has calledthe Palestinian people and anti-Zionist Jews the last of the Semites, the heirs of the pre-WWII Jewish and Palestinian struggles against anti-Semitism and its Zionist colonial manifestation.

Asa Winstanley is an investigative journalist living in London who writes about Palestine and the Middle East. He writes for The Electronic Intifada where he is an associate editor and also a weekly column for the Middle East Monitor. ~ Days of Palestine

(photo: President Donald J. Trump greets the crowd in Chicago, Illinois, United States on 28 October, 2019 Kyle Mazza/Anadolu Agency)

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