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Getting Out of Palestine?

Is that how the Zionist project might end?
By M. Shahid Alam | Palestine Chronicle | June 19, 2010

When veteran journalist Helen Thomas was asked recently if she had any comments on Israel, she shot back, ‘Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine.’ She apologized for the remark, but, as the campaign against her escalated, she chose to retire from her position as White House correspondent.

Putting aside the edginess in her words, does Helen Thomas’s remark deserve serious consideration?

Over the years, it has been receiving just that from many tens of thousands of Israelis, who have been emigrating from Israel, applying for emigration, or staying in Israel but holding or applying for dual citizenship. According to Arnaud de Borchgrave, half a million Israelis hold dual citizenship.

Although the Israel lobby expressed particular outrage at Helen Thomas’ suggestion that Israelis go back to Germany and Poland, many Israelis have done precisely that. In his book, The Seventh Million, Tom Segev writes that many thousands of Israelis have “requested and received German passports.” According to the Jewish Virtual Library, there were 118,000 Jews living in Germany in 2006. Another 49,700 lived in Hungary and 3,200 in Poland.

Disconcerting as some Zionists may find this, Jews have not stayed away from countries where they faced near extermination under the Nazis. Does this mean that these countries are now safer for Jews than Israel?

At least, that is what the record indicates. According to the Jewish Virtual Library, 22,682 Israelis died in Israeli wars or as a result of terrorist attacks.

Over the same period – that is, since 1948 – how many Jews in Europe have died as a result of anti – Semitic violence?

I am not suggesting Jewish emigration from Israel as my preferred solution to the Israeli-Palestinian question. Yet, now that Israel has tapped into nearly every Jewish population in the diaspora with an economic interest in emigrating to Israel, that is what we are likely to observe in the future.

Is that how the Zionist project might end?

That is a possibility. If Israel persists in its present policies of imposing apartheid in the West Bank, of strangulating Gaza, of carrying out carpet bombing of undefended Arab populations, Israel will continue to lose the liberal segments of its population to emigration.

Should this happen, Israel would face a shrinking Jewish population, drained of much of its talent, consisting of mostly right-wing Jewish zealots, angry, nervous, and with their fingers on triggers that could launch some 200 nuclear weapons at targets in the Middle East and perhaps beyond.

Starting in 1897, an increasing number of Jews mobilized to create what appeared to be an impossible Jewish settler-state in Palestine.

Now that this project, by virtue of its successes, has become a threat to itself, to the Jewish diaspora, to the Middle East and the world, can we hope that growing numbers of Jews will mobilize their gifts to work with the Palestinians and the world community to help unwind the Zionist project, and replace it with a society that will make full amends to all its victims.

For more than sixty years, the Jewish establishment has worked strenuously to demand that the world do justice to Jewish victims of the Nazis. Justice and honesty demand that they do the same for their own victims.

– M. Shahid Alam is professor of economics at Northeastern University, Boston. He is author of Israeli Exceptionalism (Palgrave, 2009) and Challenging the New Orientalism (IPI, 2006).

June 20, 2010 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism


  1. The wandering Zionist / Jew follows the money and is not loyal to any country. Most of them are afraid of their own shadow, and believe that behind every corner or shrubbery a terrorist is waiting to do him in.
    The European Jew is jealouse and feels insecure knowing, that the Palestinian Arabs are the original tribes and Semites the scripture is talking about and has no connection with the Khazars and Ashkenazim Jews from Europe. Converting to a religion doesn’t change the ethnicity of a person. You don’t have to be a Jew to be a Zionist or vise versa, but dumb enough to believe, that the European Jews are chosen to be better than the rest of us.
    Wake up unless you want to be fooled the rest of your lives believing so.


    Comment by B.Benhamid | June 20, 2010

  2. In this context one can wonder why was so important to give the right to dual citizenship for those who lost it because of the Trianon-treaty. This move was applauded quickly and loudly by the Hungarian Jewish Federation, which normally doesn’t give a damn about nationalist issues. Soon we’ll see a prominent jewish leader connecting the ten tribes of founding Huns to the ten lost tribes of jews.


    Comment by Hun | June 20, 2010

  3. what makes zionism evil is how it’s bound up with tribalism, blood & soil — zionism apes what hitler promoted


    Comment by henry | June 20, 2010

  4. I am gay and I love jews.


    Comment by SHablon | June 20, 2010

  5. I do not see you point SHablon! You do not have to be Gay to love Jews, I am straight and love Jews but I hate Zionist. As it was said above; Not every Jew is a Zionist and not every Zionist is a Jew. In the year 1975, the UN declared Zionism is Racism. It was then and it is now.


    Comment by Ziyad Olives | June 20, 2010

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