Re: [sixties-l] teeny tiny protests on Sproul Step

From: Jeffrey Blankfort (
Date: 10/09/00

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    John, your statement that those who oppose a Jewish state are
    anti-semitic is simply one more example of your capitulation to
    pro-Israel propaganda which equates anti-Zionmism with anti-semitism.
    This is simply not only historically not true, but is sheer nonsense.
    Until World War, the belief, among Jews, that Jews should have a country
    of their own, was largely marginal. An extimated 95% of European Jews
    did not conisder themselves Zionist and had no intention or desire to
    emigrate to Israel even when it seemed that their life might depend on
    it. Thise who wanted to go elsewhere found there plans opposed by the
    Zionists. David Ben Gurion wrote in 1938, that "if the do-gooders among
    non-Jews and the anti-ZionistJews have their way and Jews are allowed to
    go anywhere but Palestine, the dream of Zionism will be dead," and
    consequently the Zionists refused to participate in any rescue operation
    for European Jewry that had any other destination than Palestine.
    Even among those Jews who did emigrate to Palestine there were those who
    did not believe in a Jewish state but preferred a bi-national state,
    that is, Arab and Jewish, and today there are a number of Israelis whom
    I met while there who consider themselves anti-Zionist, and would prefer
    a democratic secular state, even though the possibility of achieving
    that end seems more remote today than ever.
    As for Palestians, at least 750,000 of whom were dispossessed to make
    room for the state of Israel, to expect them and their children and
    grandchildren to recognize the legitimacy of that dispossession and if
    not to consider them anti-semitic, is simply outrageous. John, this is
    clearly a subject you know next to nothing about. To get a better
    perspective, I would recommend two books to you that were best sellers
    in Israel (so they are not PLO propganda) and are available here. They
    are both by the same author, Tom Segev, an Israeli journalist. One is
    "1948:the First Israelis," and the other is the "The 7th Million." Also
    "Perfidy," by Ben Hecht, which deals with the betrayal of the European
    Jews by the mainstream Zionist movement. It has been reissued in
    paperback. Let me conclude, as a Jew, that if the Zionists had not
    harmed a single hair of a Palestinian or Lebanese, and had not taken a
    single inch of their land, I would never forgive them for placing the
    building of a Jewish state ahead of saving the Jews of Europe, who  were
    a far better lot.
    Jeff Blankfort
       > Date: Fri, 06 Oct 2000 19:29:48 -0700
    > From: John Johnson <>
    > Subject: Re: [sixties-l] teeny tiny protests on Sproul Steps
    > If there wasn't a link there is now.  Should Jews have their own country
    > would be answered yes by all but the most anti-Semitic.
    > There has been a long standing position in the opposition that Israel
    > should not exist at all, for some real reasons but that position will never
    > be viable.  There is also a long standing religious aspect to the
    > conflict.  Just as their is around the world today.  Of course most to do
    > not exist in isolation, there are usually  overlaying political and
    > economics behind such conflicts, but the religious ones add fuel and
    > divisions.

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