For centuries the West has attempted to get a foothold in the Middle East. They finally succeeded in 1948 when the state of Israel supplanted the land formerly known as Palestine. Virgil wrote of how the Greeks were able to enter the city of Troy hidden in a huge wooden gift horse, similarly, the great nations of the western world successfully claimed the gateway to the Middle East by way of Zionism.
Having gained an Arab alliance, Great Britain spoke loudly of a future Unified Arab nation while quietly assisting in the Zionist emigration of European Jews into Tel Aviv. Showing support for the Zionists, the British government mandated Tel Aviv to be a national home for the Jewish people and wrote that it be clearly understood that "nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of the existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine" (Johnson. 1946:13). Meanwhile, the Zionist settlers exuberantly celebrated biblical stories of Arab slaughter - the locals were getting edgy.
In 1929 Germany, Zionism was accepted by high ranking members of the Nazi party who shared the Zionist goal of exporting every German Jew to the future Jewish state of Palestine. While every other political organization was outlawed in Germany, the Nazis assisted Zionism in gaining national attention and they soon increased their numbers by four hundred percent. This led to the largest emigration into Palestine to date. Baron Von Mildenstein was Nazi liaison to the Zionists and he found that their goals were very similar; the Germans hoped to purify their homeland for the Aryan race and the Zionists hoped to create their own wholly Jewish homeland in Palestine. He wrote strong praise for the Zionist objectives and of the hard work happening in Palestine - "The soil has reformed him. This new Jew will be a new people" (Boas. 1980:37). When Adolf Hitler officially came to power in 1933, while Zionism was still allowed to operate its migration to Palestine, it became an escape from the monstrous mechanisms of depopulation later employed by the Nazi party.
With the end of World War Two came the terrible images of Germany's final solution which caused great empathy and consideration for the Jews. The Zionists took this moment to gather support for their plans in Palestine. In November of 1947 they successfully lobbied the United Nations to split Palestine into two states thereby creating the state of Israel and turning thousands of Palestinians into refugees.
Zionism is and always has been a political ideology and prior to World War Two it was considered to be an extremist one. With the creation of the state of Israel came the illusion that Zionism and Judaism are united. This illusion makes possible a great power of deception; when one criticizes the politics of Israel he is often accused of being a racist, this conditions society to keep their objections silent allowing the state to operate beyond reproach.
Not only does this silence allow for the continued annihilation of the Palestinian people, but the confusion of it also manifests misguided prejudice towards Jewish people worldwide. Without an open discussion, justice will never be realized, irrational emotions will always prevail, and peace will forever remain intangible. Only with truth will this calamity find resolve.
Boas, Jacob. "A Nazi travels to Palestine." History Today. 1980. London. January. p33-38
Johnson, Julia. Palestine: Jewish Homeland?. 1946. New York: H.W. Wilson.
Palumbo, Michael. Imperial Israel. 1990. London: Bloomsbury.