The jihadist acts of terrorism in France, and particularly that in the Jewish supermarket, provide new life to the European right and the Zionist movement. Israel, an antisemitic and racist state in its own right, stands to earn tremendous dividends from the terrorism in Europe, which was partially created due to its consistent and cruel policy toward the Palestinians, a policy that includes ongoing ethnic cleansing, a negation of human and civil rights and apartheid policies.
“Antisemitism” is today the petrol that fuels the tasks of the Zionist movement and a central and sturdy foundation in the Israeli intimidation strategy, for both internal and external purposes, a foundation maintained by a tremendous propaganda system. The parallel between antisemitism and anti-Zionism is intentional propaganda of the Zionist movement and its creation – the state of Israel. This propaganda is based on the outrageous Zionist assumption that the state of Israel represents all Jews in the world from a political and ethical perspective, even if they don't wish this. This propaganda is aimed at two primary goals: to transform Jews throughout the world into a living shield of the Zionist policy, thus hiding the crimes of Israel, and to undermine the personal security of Jews so that they will immigrate to Israel.
Zionism, which purported to solve the “Jewish question”, not only created in historical Palestine a new and expanded version of the “Jewish question”, but turned on its head the old equation of a “country of refuge” for the Jews: the “refuge” needs new Jewish settlers to preserve the demographic superiority and to be canon fodder for the Israeli army. Jews of the world, who are not interested in being exploited by Zionism, are transformed against their will into hostages of Israel and even possible victims of its actions. This process, developing for more than a decade since the beginning of the al Aqsa intifada, which itself signaled new heights of oppression.
Zionism defines criticism against it and against Israel as antisemitism, yet in essence is nourished by it. Zionism opposes the struggle against antisemitism not only as the fundamental assumptions of both of them are identical, but also for practical reasons. A successful struggle against antisemitism and racism in countries in which Jews live allows Jews to continue being citizens with equal rights. And how will Zionism make a living? From its inception the Zionist movement adopted the classic antisemitic position which argued that Jews represent a foreign body amongst the peoples of Europe. The fundamental assumption of Zionism is that all Jews are one people and because of this they must be separated from the others – the goys – and cetralised in one territory. Today, after a long period in which this belief has become that of a majority of Jews, and even of part of the world, it is perhaps difficult to believe that a majority of Jews throughout the world utterly rejected this concept prior to the Holocaust. For example, Lucian Wolf, a leader of British Jewry, said in a 1920 interview: “all of my life I have fought against these views as antisemitic and now they appear as Zionism”. Indeed, the first people who supported Zionism were antisemites. Between the two world wars numerous buildings in Europe were covered with the slogan “Jews to Palestine” , and it wasn't possible to know if it was drawn by Zionists or antisemites.
At the end of the 1990s, upon conclusion of his position as chairperson of the Jewish Agency, former Knesset Member Avram Burg explained how difficult it is for Zionists to work in places lacking active anti-semitism: “The non-Jews in America open their arms to American Jews and the result is mixed marriage”. According to the Zionist dictionary, intermarriage which causes a Jew to leave his religion is like genocide. This is the essence of the Zionist perspective. In the eyes of Zionists, the bon ton of the Jew is not individual freedom of choice but his racial loyalty, and without a bit of antisemitism it is difficult for Zionism to flourish.
However, even the Zionist-Israeli attempt to sound the alarm and exploit antisemitism for its purposes cannot prevent recognition that there is a rise in antisemitism and racism throughout the world, and even within Israel. Even in faraway Malaysia we heard classical antisemitic voices which ascribe world domination to the Jews. In France, for example, according to a report of the European Union, the number of antisemitic incidents increased sixfold in recent years. The reasons for this increase are numerous and we will attempt to highlight the major ones:
1. Globalisation: i.e. acceleration of the concentration of capital, which is not accompanied by an improvement in the situation of the masses but in their impoverishment. This is also true for industrialised countries. This process throws more and more people out of the production cycle, people who can no longer enjoy the fruits of their labour, and many are rendered redundant.
2. Increase in inter-imperialist contradictions: Erosion of the middle class accompanied by a decrease in government expenditures on welfare and unemployment. As a result there is an increase in the number of unemployed and homeless, also in developed countries.
3. American imperialist crusade to save the holy grail of oil: Conducted in an attempt to strengthen its control of the global economy through military-political moves. These moves resulted in the elimination of nation states and created areas of conflict between armed gangs.
4. Immigration saturation: Took place in developed countries of Europe, which in the past brought immigrants from undeveloped countries as a cheap labour force. Halting of immigration was accompanied by establishment of racist parties.
5. Trade unions lost their power and shrunk. Their ability to protect the unemployed and immigrants decreased.
6. Zionist war in Palestine: The primary reason for hatred of Jews.
History is against the entire Palestinian people. Political leaders are killed and those suspected of resistance are extra-judicially executed, executions which include injury to passersby, including women and children. In the occupied Palestinian territory the civil population is denied rights of freedom of movement, medical care, shelter, housing, security, work, freedom and freedom from hunger. Checkpoints cut villages off from nearby cities and weaken the national and social fabric. The civil population is attacked again and again through executions and punishment. The Wall, dubbed the separation fence, is rooted deep within the territory occupied in 1967. This concrete wall, three times higher than the Berlin Wall, is intended to rob the land of another 300,000 Palestinians and to transform them into refugees through annexation of a majority of the settlements to the state of Israel. In the Gaza Strip, subject to an Israeli siege by sea, land and air, Israel is conducting massive wars ever two or three years; thousands of civilians are murdered and many are injured to test Israeli weapons and enhance their marketing.
A worsening of the capitalist society's contradictions, and the absence or weakness of social forces which can replace this rotten society, resulted during the entire period of imperialism in a spread of the antisemitic poison. This process repeated itself numerous times since the end of the 19th century. The behaviour of colonial Israel and the war of terror it conducts against the Palestinians reach the newspapers and television screens of Europe and Asia (in the United States this material is mostly censored) and angers the concentrations of migrants who also suffer from alienation and racism. Through their identification with the immigrants oppressed by Israel, they also fall victim to the same Zionist-antisemitic false contention, which determines that all Jews are one people. The migrants further see how the United States conducts war against people like them and provides absolute support to Israel.
However, these social layers do not create antisemitism. The heart of the process of increasing antisemitism is not found in spontaneous resistance to the aggression of imperialism and Zionism.
The creators of antisemitism are found amongst the middle classes. Exposure of the reactionary character of liberalism as the dominant ideology of the capitalist society gives birth again and again to racism and antisemitism amongst the frustrated petite bourgeoisie, dwindling and fearful, which is of course not capable of fighting imperialism, although the latter is also responsible for its disasters. The deceased social-democrat August Bebel defined antisemitism as “socialism of fools”; today these reactions can be called “the anti-socialism of fools”. Numerous attacks against Jews take place today because various groups have adopted the approach which equates Jews with Israel. This approach, founded on ignorance and superficiality, physically endangers not only Jews of the world, but Europe as a whole. This danger will increase as long as political activists do not differential between Zionists and Jews and as long as a popular movement will not rise to take upon itself to change the system according to which the world runs.