\"Zionism \"" />
+<latemp_subject "Define Zionism" />
'm confused. You keep talking to me like we are friends. Do we
+<b>Him</b>: Im confused. You keep talking to me like we are friends. Do we
know each other? If we do, and I forgot, Sorry!<br />
<b>Me</b>: No, I only know you from IRC.<br />
-<b>Him</b>: Yeah, but you are some sort of <b>Zionist</b>. Shouldn
+<b>Him</b>: Yeah, but you are some sort of <b>Zionist</b>. Shouldnt you
-Now what did he mean by "Zionism"? What do people mean when they say it
-in general? As I'm going to demonstrate there are several different meanings
-to Zionism. I'm also going to touch on the related topics of
+Now what did he mean by “Zionism”? What do people mean when they say it
+in general? As I’m going to demonstrate there are several different meanings
+to Zionism. I’m also going to touch on the related topics of
anti-Israelism/pro-Israelism, anti-Semitism, and constitutional
discrimination in Israel.
's analyse them one after the other. Definition No. 1 is perfectly
+Now lets analyse them one after the other. Definition No. 1 is perfectly
valid as Jews are indeed a people. Definition No. 2 is valid, but it stems
from a more general principle of <a href="http://www.openimmigration.com/">open
immigration</a>: any lawful person has a basic <i>ethical</i> right to
's try to analyse definition no. 3.
+Now lets try to analyse definition no. 3.
<h3 id="constitutional_discrimination">Why it is Wrong for Israel to have
individuals have a right to non-violently discriminate</a> either by accident
-or because of subconscious reasons, or even maliciously. That
+or because of subconscious reasons, or even maliciously. Thats because
discrimination does not constitute of initiatory force, threat of force or
fraud, that are the only real crimes. (Not to mention that discrimination is
much harder to prove than real crimes such as murder, theft or rape).
All of this constitutional discrimination is extremely unhealthy and has no
good reason. Most Israeli Jews believe it is required to maintain the Jewish
-nature of Israel, but that
's not the case. And I 'd rather that Israel 's
+nature of Israel, but thats not the case. And Id rather that Israels
Jewish nature diminishes somewhat, than for it to remain a country with
uneven laws. The entire claim that Israel will be destroyed from the inside if
we allow an open immigration, is bogus because most of the non-Jews who
-<h4 id="biblical_right">Addressing the Jewish
"Biblical Rights " Claims</h4>
+<h4 id="biblical_right">Addressing the Jewish Biblical Rights Claims</h4>
-Often you'll hear pro-Discrimination advocates claiming that Jews have rights
-on Palestine because that's what the Old Testament claims. However, like it
+Often you’ll hear pro-Discrimination advocates claiming that Jews have rights
+on Palestine because that’s what the Old Testament claims. However, like it
or not, the Old Testament cannot serve as an objective proof for anything.
There <a href="http://www.godlessgeeks.com/LINKS/BibleQuotes.htm">are plenty
of things that are written in the Bible that will seem ridiculous to modern
-thinkers</a>. It's high time we understand that the Bible is not "the
-absolute truth" but rather a set of subjective ancient (and antiquitated)
+thinkers</a>. It’s high time we understand that the Bible is not
+“the absolute truth” but rather a set of subjective ancient (and antiquitated)
-In order to prove something, it’s not good enough to say that "X said so"
-or "it was written here". Rather, one should prove it using Logic and based
+In order to prove something, it’s not good enough to say that “X said so”
+or “it was written here”. Rather, one should prove it using Logic and based
on more basic, axiomatic, facts. With all due respect, the Bible says a great
deal of nonsense, and even contradicts itself many times.
I brought several contemporary definitions of Zionism, but may have missed
some. While overlapping, these definitions of Zionism, mean completely
-different things. As such calling someone "Zionist" or "anti-Zionist" is
-meaningless. Next, I'll try to make some distinictions between other related
+different things. As such calling someone “Zionist” or “anti-Zionist” is
+meaningless. Next, I’ll try to make some distinictions between other related
On April 2006, someone sent a message to
<a href="http://www.iglu.org.il/mailing-lists/linux-il.html">the Israeli
-Linux mailing list</a> with a post named
"Google is Anti-semitic ". (See
+Linux mailing list</a> with a post named Google is Anti-semitic. (See
-reply</a>). He claimed that "Google is a bunch of anti-semites" and wrote
-a blog entry titled "Google Supports Terrorism". The basis for his claim
+reply</a>). He claimed that “Google is a bunch of anti-semites” and wrote
+a blog entry titled “Google Supports Terrorism”. The basis for his claim
was the fact that Google excluded the Israeli standard timezone in its Google
Analytics service (while including the timezone of several other
"Terror-supporting " countries.).
-This incident demonstrates a contemporary problem of the terms "Anti-Israel",
-"Anti-Semite" and "Anti-Zionist": all of them are often confused and
-misunderstood, and many times maliciously. Let's keep the record straight: if
+This incident demonstrates a contemporary problem of the terms “Anti-Israel”,
+“Anti-Semite” and “Anti-Zionist”: all of them are often confused and
+misunderstood, and many times maliciously. Let’s keep the record straight: if
someone opposes the discriminatory nature of the state of Israel, that does
-not make him
"Anti-Israel ". And it certainly does not make him an "Anti-Semite ".
+not make him Anti-Israel. And it certainly does not make him an Anti-Semite.
Furthermore, some people who express anti-Israeli political opinions are
not anti-Semite (= People who hate Jews).
-As for Anti-Zionism, I once told my sister that I
'm an anti-Zionist, and she
+As for Anti-Zionism, I once told my sister that Im an anti-Zionist, and she
said it made her very sad that I am. Then when I told her that I meant that
-I oppose the Israeli constitutional discrimination, she said that that
+I oppose the Israeli constitutional discrimination, she said that thats not
what she thought I meant. Anti-Zionism has several meanings, and as such a
person who identifies himself as an anti-Zionist should explain what he means
or stop using the term altogether.
A lot of the sensitivity of Israelis and pro-Israelis is due to disputed
terminology. A lot of the problems of Israel are due to its unethical
constitutional discrimination. And people who try to support Israel should be
-wiser than to default on the Jewish
"Biblical rights to the Land of Israel ".
+wiser than to default on the Jewish Biblical rights to the Land of Israel.
Israeli Palestinian Conflict</a> - an essay I wrote in 2004.
-<a href="http://shlomif.livejournal.com/10530.html">"How Israel is
-Responsible for the War with the Hizbullah"</a> (also see the discussion
+<a href="http://shlomif.livejournal.com/10530.html">“How Israel is Responsible
+for the War with the Hizbullah”</a> (also see the discussion
on the page) - a blog entry with a touch on the Israeli constitutional
Note that the image at the top is taken out of the
<a href="http://www.ozyandmillie.org/">Ozy and Millie</a> online
' strip which is ©
+comics strip which is ©
<a href="http://www.ozyandmillie.org/creator.html">D. C. Simpson</a>, with
a licence that prohibits sale.