Approximately 82 years ago I was born in New York City to Jewish parents. Therefore, I am a Jew by birth but an atheist by choice. However, as far as the fascists are concerned, as demonstrated in the 1930s and 40s, I am a Jew regardless of my beliefs or lifestyle.
During my life, I’ve often reflected on WW2 and thought that, if not for my good fortune to be born in the US, I might have been one of the millions to be gassed or I might have become the male alternative to Anne Frank.
Why am I taking the time to write this? There is a growing movement here in the US and Europe toward fascism and along with that a sense of more and more people willing to express their anti-Jewish sentiments openly. Needless to say, I am concerned.
Fascism is not an opinion and is not a debatable issue. Fascism is a threat, a threat to millions of people who are classified as unfit and, therefore, disposable. There is only one response . . . destroy it by any means necessary.
Some are blaming world Jewry for Israel’s program of ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people, while others are denying the Holocaust ever occurred or occurred but was extremely exaggerated. In other words, there weren’t really 6 million Jews who died at the hands of the fascists in Europe.
According to these folks, the claim that 6 million Jews died in the Holocaust was the main instrument used by the Zionists to convince the world that the Jewish people were entitled to their own homeland, their own safe haven.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t that simple. The notion of a Jewish homeland was projected as far back as 1917, well before the Holocaust, when the United Kingdom’s foreign secretary, Arthur Balfour, floated that idea to the British Jewish community and the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland.
One has to ask the question, why? After centuries of exploitation, scapegoating, assassinations, ghettoizing, etc., why was Great Britain pursuing the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine?
Did the British leadership wake up one morning to recognize their sins and realize they actually loved Jews?
I think not. To understand the political foundation of an Israel, we can only look at Israel’s role in the Middle East today. Israel is an extension of US and NATO influence in that area of the world, an area not particularly friendly to the US and NATO countries. They are the eyes and ears and the implementers of actions needed by the US, actions that the US does not want to be connected to.
There is a reason why the US was instrumental in helping Israel develop a nuclear weapons program by supplying money, equipment, and expertise and why, through the years, they have protected Israel’s right to have such a program. There is a reason why the US sends $3.5 billion annually to Israel for the purchase of weapons and military hardware. And, it is not because they love the Jews.
Many have expressed anger and accused Israel of manipulating and exploiting the US. That’s like saying, “the tail wags the dog.” The US is the most powerful and wealthiest country in human history. Israel serves an important purpose in that area of the world especially since the main aspect of the US agenda is world domination and control of all the world’s resources . . . oil, gas, minerals, etc. Israel is a client state that offers a service to the US and in return the US agrees to protect Israel and keep it well armed and strong. They need one another.
So, when people get wrapped up in how many Jews really died during WW2, I find that misleading and irrelevant. Yes, the Holocaust was a factor in convincing the rest of the world that the Jewish people were entitled to their own homeland. But, whether it was 6, 5, or 3 million Jews dead, the powers that be saw an opportunity to establish a Eurocentric outpost in a resource rich, unfriendly area of the world and they would have done so regardless. The driving force was not guilt but political expedience.
I do not know how many Jews were sacrificed during the war, but we are talking about millions. It is ludicrous to make an argument, as some are, that 6 million deaths was the magic total that would convince the world’s leaders to support the establishment of a Jewish homeland. Does anyone really think that 3 or 4 million would not have been sufficient and would have caused the Zionists to lose their support? The Holocaust was used as the rationale to justify the birth of Israel while the powers that be were striving to develop a presence in that hostile part of the world.
It is true that many are reluctant to confront Israel for fear of being labeled anti-Semitic. In fact, I’ve, as a critical member of the tribe, been called a “self-hating Jew. Criticism of Israel is not only unacceptable, but there are nations that are ready to criminalize such behavior (Fascism 101).
But, the most important factor in being critical of Israel’s policies and racist actions, is the danger of angering the beast . . . the USA, the country that can destroy you militarily and/or economically and has demonstrated that it would not hesitate to do so.
Let me add for clarity, I do not support Israel as a Jewish state . . . To accept Zionism is to foster racism and genocide.
Dave Alpert has masters degrees in social work, educational administration, and psychology. He spent his career working with troubled inner city adolescents.