By Jamie Busby - Staff Author
"A movement for the re-establishment, development and protection of a Jewish nation in what is now Israel."
Above is a pretty standard definition for Zionism, covering it from it's beginnings through to the present day. So let's break this down a bit, starting from the most obvious place, the start...
Zionism originated in Europe in the late 19th century, finally becoming a political organisation in 1897. "Zion" refers to Jerusalem, specifically a certain hill in Jerusalem.
Theodor Herzl is widely accepted as the instigator of Zionism, outlining his plans for a future independent Jewish state in his book "Der Judenstaat" in 1896. In German, this translates as "The Jew's state" but is more commonly referred to as "The Jewish state".
IMPORTANT - Zionism is NOT Judaism. Judaism is a religion, Zionism is a political ideology. This difference is crucial. Being a critic of Zionism does not make one anti-semitic, despite what certain people would have you believe. What's more, you don't even have to be Jewish to be a Zionist. A Zionist is simply someone who agrees with and supports the agenda and plans of Zionism.
Christian Zionism is actually widespread. Based on the teachings of the Bible, many Christians believe that the Israelites, God's chosen people, have a divine right to their own state/country. This of course refers to the descendants of the Biblical Jews and is also known as the "Promised Land".
Biblical prophecy states that the Jewish people will eventually return to their homeland;
Genesis 15:18 - "On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abraham, saying 'To your offspring I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates'..."
This verse from the Bible above is what's gained Zionism continued support from many Christians. After all, God himself was clearly pulling no punches when telling Abraham what was rightfully theirs.
However, Zionism as we know it was borne from a resurgence in anti-semitism. Bizarrely, lands that were considered for this new Jewish state were in Argentina, Uganda, Cyprus and apparently Texas of all places.
During the early part of the 1900's, various Zionist groups began to emerge in America. They published their own propaganda in the form of magazines and other reading material. The aim of this was to influence US Congress and the American public. However, at that time in America's history, the top brass felt that Zionism conflicted with their own interests. It didn't directly involve America at that point so support was not exactly forthcoming. That was to change some years later...
Moving forward we arrive at World War 1. The "Great War" saw the fall of the Ottoman empire. In 1916, the Sykes-Picot agreement was made between England and France. Basically, this carved up the Middle East by splitting it and then further dividing it into various states. Britain took control of Palestine after WW1. One year later, in 1917, came the "Balfour Declaration" which was to change everything.
Arthur Balfour, then British home secretary, wrote a letter to Walter Rothschild of Rothschild fame, wealth, power and influence. Balfour told Rothschild how the British government were prepared to support the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine. The UK effectively took on the responsibility of making sure this happened. Below is the meat and potatoes of what Balfour wrote;
"His Majesty's government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country." - Balfour added at the end that he would be grateful if Rothschild brought this to the attention of the Zionist Federation.
This was the same Rothschild banking family who were openly funding both sides during WW1. They went on to do exactly the same in WW2, funding both sides need for soldiers, weapons, equipment and supplies. EVERYTHING. In order to actually establish a Jewish state, the Rothschilds and the rest of the Zionists needed PEOPLE! People who were willing to leave their current homeland and move to what was still essentially Palestine. They also needed the world's superpowers to support this venture.
In preparation, Zionists began to buy land and property and settle in Palestine. This was all while Palestinians, Muslims and other Jews already lived there. Before Israel officially became a state in 1948, it's no secret that Palestinians did indeed revolt and protest. Zionists say this was down to anti-semitism. This clearly wasn't the case, their homeland was being invaded and Palestinians knew it. They were standing up for themselves, it didn't matter to them that the invaders were Zionists and/or Jews.
Israel is official - post-1948
So now we get to the point where the Zionists have got what they wanted, a Jewish ethno-state. Almost immediately, around 700,000 Palestinians were banished and/or fled their homes. One could draw parallels with what happened at this time with any other ethnic-cleansing that's happened in history. It could also be claimed that the Zionists themselves were being anti-semitic. The definition of a Semite is anyone who's native language is semitic, such as Arab Palestinians for example.
Since 1948, Israel has enforced a system of apartheid and occupation of Palestine and it's people. War is ongoing and violence is a daily occurrence as we all probably know. After victory in the "Six-Day War" in 1967, Israel captured the Gaza strip and the West Bank along with other territories.
The United Nations were not happy bunnies about what had gone down. They called for Israel to immediately withdraw from all Arab land taken during it's attacks in the war. Israel refused. Zionists protested that Israel was abandoned and forsaken by all other nations after WW2, leaving them surrounded by what were basically enemy countries.
This was self-defence in their eyes. Don't forget that Jewish Zionists believe they are God's chosen people and the land they've taken was their's anyway, by virtue of God's word. This was their destiny and it had been fulfilled.
However, the "Greater Israel Project" reveals that they had no plans to settle for what they got and this was actually the plan since Zionism's inception over 120 years ago.
Israel's expansion still has a LONG way to go according to their agenda. It can only be completed via war. This quest and their human right's violations have so far gone unchallenged and unpunished by the United Nations.
While Israel claims to be a Jewish state, it seems they're very picky about which type of Jew is actually acceptable. Palestinian Jews who were already there when Israel was formed were not welcome. Neither were Ethiopian Jews who were transported to Israel in the 1980's and 1990's.
The irony of this is the ongoing yet hush-hush argument regarding the origins of the European Jews that first started the Zionist movement. Their ancestors can be traced back, not to the original Israelites but to Khazaria in Eastern Europe. The Khazarian empire converted to Judaism over 1000 years ago before it's eventual collapse. It's people then fled, spreading all over Europe and eventually to America. I'll link a previous article of mine below for full details;
Basically, there has always been much speculation that those who created Zionism are the false Jews that are discussed in the book of Revelations in the Bible. Calling them "false" is not insinuating they aren't Jews, or Zionists for that matter. As we've seen, you don't even have to be Jewish to be a Zionist. However, the true Israelites that God promised Israel to are not those of European descent.
Revelation 2:9 - "I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan."
The UN and human right's organisations have well-documented Israel's repeated violations of the Palestinian people. Though illegal, nothing has happened and the likes of America and their allies largely ignore it all. Is this the case in America due to the power held by the Zionist Lobby? As I've already mentioned, to criticise Israel usually brings instant accusations of anti-semitism. What a convenient way to prevent criticism.
Israel is heavily supported financially from governments all over the world, huge corporations too. An example is the $38 BILLION in military aid that America pledged to Israel in 2016. Let's say it how it is, America and Israel are best friends on the global stage. Some describe them as jointly being the biggest actual terrorist organisation the world has ever seen.
I'll end with this. We're all taught that centuries of persecution culminated in the Holocaust of WW2. This was ethic-cleansing in an attempt to eradicate every Jew from the face of the earth. Now, Israel are doing the same things that were inflicted on them to another group of people. Namely the Palestinians.
This is not anti-semitic or even anti-zionist, this is fact.
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