Genocidal Israelis now quite willing to see Palestinians put out of the way, says US historian
Wherever the Israelis and their Zionist cohorts are leading us, it is not into the light, it is to someplace very, very dark.
December 3, 2012
by Lawrence Davidson
“The Israelis have taught their children the imperial point of view, augmented it with biased media reporting, labelled the inevitable resistance offered by the Palestinians as anti-Semitism and took it as proof of the need to suppress and control this population of ‘Others’. From the Zionist standpoint, this entire process has worked remarkably well. Today all but a handful of Israeli Jews dislike and fear the people they conquered and displaced. They wish they would go away. And, when their resistance gets just a bit too much to bear, they are now quite willing to see them put out of the way.” —Lawrence Davidson
Lawrence Davidson, professor of history at West Chester University in Pennsylvania, traces the origins of the “genocidal yearnings’ of Israelis towards the Palestinians from a 19th century milieu of nationalism and imperialism forward to the contemporary ancestors of that dreadful heritage. “If it wasn’t for the fact that the outside world was watching, there can be little doubt that the famed Israeli armed forces would have been tempted to do all that these ministers, clerics and citizens wished.”
The following posts includes added subheadings and text highlighting. To read Davidson’s original paper, click on the linked title below.
In 19th century, Europe cultural and racial incubators of ethnic groups emerge as model of imperial power
By the middle of the 19th century the multi-ethnic empire was on its way out as the dominant political paradigm in Europe. Replacing it was the nation-state, a political form which allowed the concentration of ethnic groups within their own political borders.
This in turn formed cultural and “racial” incubators for us (superior) vs. them (inferior) nationalism that would underpin most of the West’s future wars. Many of these nation states were also imperial powers expanding across the globe and, of course, their state-based chauvinistic outlook went with them.
Zionism born in this milieu; leaders convinced they could only be safe if they had a nation-state of their own
Zionism was born in this milieu of nationalism and imperialism, both of which left an indelible mark on the character and ambitions of the Israeli state. The conviction of Theodor Herzl, modern Zionism’s founding father, was that the centuries of anti-Semitism were proof positive that Europe’s Jews could not be assimilated into mainstream Western society. They could be safe only if they possessed a nation-state of their own. This conviction also reflected the European imperial sentiments of the day. The founders of modern Zionism were both Jews and Europeans, and as such had acquired the West’s cultural sense of superiority in relation to non-Europeans. Continue reading