Wednesday, April 26, 2006

The Core of Post-Zionism

Year after year, especially at this Holocaust Memorial Season, we hear:

the Jewish state that arose out of the ashes of the Holocaust


This is wrong. It denies and deligitimizes "Zionism," our long history of thousands of years as a Jewish Nation. Statements and sentiments like this deny and mock the early Zionist efforts by the true pioneers, those who came ot Our Land well over a hundred years ago. It erases our long history, reinventing it as modern compensation, reparations, for what the Nazis did in Europe to European Jewry.

Post-Zionism was born from these sentiments, and if we want to survive as a state and nation, we must erase them. Our rights to Our Land are ancient and well-documented. We don't need the Holocaust to legitimize our existence.


6 comments:

Yitzchak Goodman said...

Well said.

Batya said...

Thank you!

Scottage said...

Absolutely. People forget that Herzl wrote The Jewish State in 1896, and convened the first Zionist Congress in 1897. By the time Hitler came to power, there were 100,000 Jews in Jerusalem and another 100,000 living around the country. adn the number of people who made it into the country during the war was not as great as many think. Truly, the goal of returning to Israel is thousands of years old, and started being realized at the turn of the century, quite independant of the Holocaust

Batya said...

And he was reacting to the general European Nationalism of the time. Of course, there always were Jews in the Holy Land.

Moze said...

You seem to have fallen for Israeli textbook propoganda (and we all know who controls that), something I never would have expected from you. "True pioneers? Ha--there were several waves of immigration long before Deganya, and they were the ones who helped the "true pioneers" on their first days in the Land. But, of course, modern Israeli left-leaning scholarship would never call the Charedi "true pioneers." You, though, should have remembered that Tzfat and Jerusalem were home to many Jews long before Hitler, before kibbutzim picked the most fertile land they could find, and even before Herzl realized that Uganda just didn;t have the emotional resonance he needed. Read the Peat HaShulchan. Read Aliyat Eliyahu, etc.

Batya said...

Moze, I meant pioneers as those who came to the Land pre-State. With all the good and bad, it was definitely on a high madrega.