March against Israel’s Attack Against Gaza and another demoralising day for the supporters of genocideUnsurprisingly Israel’s murderous attack on civilians in Gaza and the increasing toll of children and infant casualties hasn’t made the Zionists very popular. The Zionists were heavily outnumbered and less than the usual number of Christians for Genocide, including the mad Jill Young from the Church of Christ the King turned up.
|Zionists on the left looking particularly dejected|
|a bearded Christian fundie waves a banner - hoping for a Revelations style immolation of Jews in Palestine|
|Jill Young - mad Christian Fundie - seems to have cut out her even madder photo of Tony G this week!|
|Jill Young holds a banner asking if we know what BDSM is - yes Madam but we bow to your expertise on the matter!|
|Simon Cobb (with peaked cap) - leader of the Zionists and alleged to have links with EDL|
A demonstration, which unfortunately I missed, went from Victoria Gardens to Sodastream and the shop itself didn’t open till gone midday as an activist had locked himself on to the front handles of the shop, necessitating them having to remove the handle! Well done, even if he was arrested.
Another activist was assaulted by the ‘peaceful’ leader of the Zionists, one Simon Cobb, who tried the same thing on on me a few weeks ago. Cobb is rumoured to be friendly with the English Defence League which isn’t surprising. He also shouts, I thought ironically at first, ‘Jews Out’ but it is clear that he actually means it. He is of course following in a long line of Zionist anti-Semitism.
Historically if someone argued that Jews didn’t belong in the countries they lived but in Palestine/Israel, they were either anti-Semites or Zionists. Not for nothing did Israel’s first Minister of ‘Justice’, Pinhas Rosen (Rosenbluth) exclaim that Palestine was ‘“an institute for the fumigation of Jewish vermin” [Joachim Doron, Classic Zionism and Modern Anti-Semitism: Parallels and Influences (1883-1914), Studies in Zionism (Journal of Israeli History, 8, Autumn 1983]. There are many similar quotations from Zionists which could have been taken straight from the mouth of anti-Semites and Simon Cobb therefore stands in a proud Zionist tradition.
I stationed myself, much to the annoyance of the Zionists on the same side as them and, with a couple of honourable exceptions (an old Irish Jew and a long-time sparring partner in the columns of the local Argus, Gerald Oberman) they tried to be their normal obnoxious selves.
Indeed it becomes boring when I’m accused of being a self-hater (standard response being ‘no I hate you!') or a ‘traitor’ (response – 'I never owed you or you racist scumbags any loyalty') or 'Jews like you are in a tiny minority' (response – so was Spinoza and Heinrich Heine and anyway more and more Jews are dissociating themselves from those who worship a state) or I am an outcast (response – 'read Hannah Arendt’s ‘Jew as a Pariah' - Jews have always been outcasts!) or of course that I am an anti-Semite (yes they are very inventive.
My response, given I've written a history of the fight against fascism in Brighton and on the South Coast, having been an anti-fascist activist for over 30 years, so far is to ask if they recall the Kasztner Trial in Israel where it was held by the Jerusalem District Court that the leader of Hungarian Zionism, the representative of the Jewish Agency in Hungary, had in exchange for a train of the Zionist elite (1684 persons in total) kept news of Auschwitz secret [2 Jewish escapees, Vrba and Wetzler, had disclosed in minute detail, that Auschwitz/Birkenau was the largest killing centre of all] and actually misinformed Jews that they were going to be ‘resettled’ in a nice place called Kenyermeze. Or if I’m feeling particularly vicious then I recall the welcoming memorandum of the Zionist Federation of Germany to Hitler when the Nazis were put in power.
‘an answer to the Jewish Question truly satisfying to the national state can be brought about only with the collaboration of the Jewish move-ment that aims at a social, cultural and moral renewal of Jewry... Precisely because we do not wish to falsify these fundamentals, because we too, are against mixed marriages and are for maintaining the purity of the Jewish group.’The complete memo can be found in Lucy Dawidowicz’s A Holocaust Reader. Dawidowicz was a right-wing Zionist historian. To say nothing of the welcome that the Zionists gave to the Nuremburg Laws of 1935. Or if I'm feeling particularly cruel, then I remind them that it was the Zionists who welcomed the Nuremburg Laws:
‘If the Jews had a state of their own in which the bulk of their people were at home, the Jewish Question could already be considered solved today, even for the Jews themselves. The ardent Zionists of all people have objected least of all to the basic ideas of the Nuremburg Laws because they know that these laws are the only correct solution for the Jewish people too.’It can be found in Machover/Offenberg’s ‘Zionism and its Scarecrows, Khamsin 6 and a slightly slightly different version in Francis Nicosia’s ‘The Third Reich and the Palestine Question’.
Indeed when I pointed out the sympathy of Himmler to one particularly thick Zionist woman she asked whether he was Jewish! ‘no madam, he was the head of the SS'.
Don't you just love them!! But what was gratifying was that a number of passers-by who expressed support for the Palestinians (and nearly everyone does) were themselves Jewish.