This should not surprise anyone. Historically Zionism was the offshoot of messianic and evangelical Christianity - people like Lords Shaftesbury, Disraeli, Palmerstone as well as Napoleon and Ernest Laharanne, Napoleon III's Secretary and of course Arthur James Balfour. The most vigorous opponents of Zionism were Jews, who saw Zionism as another (Jewish) version of anti-Semitism. When Herzl, founder of Political Zionism, wanted to hold the First Zionist Congress, he wanted to hold it in Munich, but the local Jewish community and a petition of Jewish rabbis forced him to hold it in Basel, Switzerland. Likewise the only member of the Lloyd George Cabinet to vote against the Balfour Declaration was its only Jewish member, Sir Edwin Montagu (though Lord Curzon was none too happy about it either). People like George Elliot in Daniel Deronda romanticised it in a crude pastiche of cardboard characters of Jews.
If you wanted to get rid of the Jews in your society, what better place than to send them to than a colony adjacent to the Suez Canal, the route to the Jewel in the Crown of the British Empire, India.
This was what was done in South Africa, where under the influence of ideologues such as Edward Gibbon Wakefield
Today the most devoted supporter of Zionism are the Christian Dispensationists who believe in the 'return' of the Jews to Palestine in order that they might then be subject to an almighty conflagration in order that the Elect might wing their way to heaven with the joys of Rapture.
Cross-post from Corporate Watch
|Sign for Christian Friends of Israeli Communities in the illegal Israeli settlement Ma’ale Efrayim.|
Charity’ and Ethnic Cleansing: Christian Friends of Israeli CommunitiesPosted on March 8, 2013 by Tom Anderson and Therezia Cooper
Corporate Watch has previously reported on the role that Zionist charities play in the support of illegal settlements and a recent research trip provided more evidence of this practice. On 21st January 2013 Corporate Watch researchers photographed a sign stating that Christian Friends of Israeli Communities (CFOIC) had donated a playground in Ma’ale Efrayim, an illegal settlement with a population of around 1400 in the occupied Jordan Valley.
|Signs of expansion of the fields by the illegal settlement Maskiot in the Jordan Valley, 2013|
|Armed settlers from the illegal settlement of Maskiot setting up a tent on Palestinian land.|
|Christian Friends of Israeli Communities donated olive field by Maskiot settlement in 2010.|
Armed settlers from the illegal settlement of Maskiot setting up a tent on Palestinian land.
Visiting the area again in January this year, it was clear that Maskiot had expanded since our last visit, with the entry gate moved forward significantly and evidence of more fields being planted.
Corporate Watch will publish another article with more news about Christian Friends of Israeli Communities next week.