Friday, 29 April 2016

Stop punishing Ken Livingstone for saying you that don't have to like Jews to be a Zionist

Territories considered
Throughout the first decade of the Zionist movement, there were several instances where Zionist figures supported a Jewish state in places outside Palestine, such as Uganda and Argentina.

If you want to send a Jew somewhere out of your country this would mean giving them a Jewish homeland. At one time Madagascar and Uganda amongst others was being proposed as the Jewish homeland.

Technically Naz Shah MP is also a Zionist , because she remains a supporter of a Jewish homeland, just not in Israel.

We all know that there are actually more Jews in America than in Israel, don't we?

If you support a Jewish homeland - whatever your reasons for doing so - then you are a Zionist.

Being a Zionist doesn't mean you are necessarily well-disposed towards Jews, just as you don't have necessarily have good intentions towards a woman just because you want to have sex with her. It could just mean you want Jews to have a place to go to after you kick them out of your country. This was basically Hitler's Madagascar Plan.

You are arguably more considerate of Jewish welfare if you make arrangements for a new Jewish homeland than if you just kicked them out of your country, bag and baggage, without alternative accommodation.

How is making these points anti-Semitic? OK, Jews may get offended if you say these things because it brings back many unpleasant memories, but that doesn't mean you hate them, does it? If Jews hate you for saying things they don't like but which need to be said, does that turn you into an anti-Semite? Surely not, I would argue.

Jews being protected from offence will just make gentiles hate them even more, because they will understandably conclude that there is a Jewish conspiracy protecting Jews from having their feelings hurt or having jokes made about them, while the rest of us have to suffer it in silence.

As a libertarian, I don't think there should be thoughtcrime legislation against people hating other people. The more you tell people not to hate a certain group, the more they are likely to, just because the individual feels it is his right to hate whoever he wants to and naturally resents being told by the state whom he may or may not hate.

I am reminded of an episode of Fawlty Towers in which Basil Fawlty just couldn't stop himself from talking about the war when he had German guests even when he knew he mustn't because it would upset them.

I am also reminded of a time when blacks got all huffy and puffy when a white man used the word "niggardly" because they thought he was being rude about blacks because it sounded like "nigger".

It is so sad that even Jews have been dumbed down so much they don't even know the definition of Zionism. Technically, Naz Shah MP and Hitler are indeed Zionists. Even if we suspect Ken Livingstone of not regarding Jews as his favourite people, in a free society he has an absolute right to say what is after all true.

In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

From 1:16 if you want to go straight to the Holocaust.

Questions for Dr Feldman and Shami Chakrabarti on anti-Semitism

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