Blog 13: What is Zionism?





Any comments pro or anti below are those of the original source, they are very strictly not my comments and I do not hold a view either way.


On 21 April 2016 Malia Bouattia, was elected the first black, Muslim president of the National Union of Students ("NUS") , and literally everyone lost their shit[1].  Universities such as King's College London (my Alma Mater) and Cambridge are threatening to leave the NUS[2].  People are boycotting the NUS.  Why? Because she is a rabid supporter of anti-zionism (and probably for numerous other reasons).


The Labour MP who beat George Galloway, Naz Shah, has had to apologise to Parliament[3] and then, belatedly, she was suspended by Labour[4]Then Ken Livingston was suspended by Labour[5].  Why? They made comments that are about zionism.


So, what the hell is it?  What is getting everyone so hot under the collar and why are the press and politicians all saying it is anti-Semitism?


Full disclosure - I had no idea what it was.  I have heard the term many times, I have heard and seen people calling others Zionists or anti-zionists.  But I never really read up on it.  I knew it was something to do with Israel and the occupation of Israel by Jewish people.  But, I have never strayed into the politics of the middle-east.  Not because because I do not care, but because it is a powder keg ready to explode no matter what you say.  If you say you support Israel, you are islamophobic, if you say you do not fully support Israel’s stance, you are anti-Semitic.  So, I took the course of never wanting to go near it.  This is partly because with the Labour Party and the regressive hard left it makes no difference what is said - they shout racist at everyone, even themselves, if this issue is ever brought up.  It is far better to never bring it up at all.


Because this issue has become such a hot potato I have decided to write about it so that you understand. I make no comment pro and anti because I genuinely do not wish to get involved because I do not know anything about the real politics of the area.  Any comments pro or anti below are those of the original source, they are very strictly not my comments and I do not hold a view either way.




"Google translates Zionism thus:






a movement for (originally) the re-establishment and (now) the development and protection of a Jewish nation in what is now Israel. It was established as a political organization in 1897 under Theodor Herzl, and was later led by Chaim Weizmann.


(in southern Africa) a religious movement represented by a group of independent Churches which practise a form of Christianity incorporating elements of traditional African beliefs.



The USA offers a lot of protection to Israel and this is always a source of bitter anger and support[6]. Israel and Palestine have been at war since the inception of Israel over Gaza[7] and the occupation by Israel of lands that the Jews and the Muslims all claim their respective god promised them.   This all kicked off after the second world war.  The BBC says this:


"After World War II and the Holocaust in which six million Jewish people were killed, more Jewish people wanted their own country.

They were given a large part of Palestine, which they considered their traditional home but the Arabs who already lived there and in neighbouring countries felt that was unfair and didn't accept the new country.

In 1948, the two sides went to war. When it ended, Gaza was controlled by Egypt and another area, the West Bank, by Jordan. They contained thousands of Palestinians who fled what was now the new Jewish home, Israel."


As noted, I make no comments on this.


As noted in the Google definition, zionism started in 1897[8].


The Telegraph says this about what Ken Livingstone is alleged to have said[9]:


"The former London mayor told BBC Radio London earlier this week that Hitler's policy in 1932 was to move Jews to Israel, adding: "He was supporting Zionism before he went mad and ended up killing six million Jews."


In an increasingly circuitous exchange, Mr Livingstone repeatedly refused to offer a full apology, remarking that saying sorry would sound "like I'm apologising for what I said"."


The Times says this[10]:


"Then the former London mayor invoked Adolf Hitler. “Let’s remember when Hitler won his election in 1932, his policy then was that Jews should be moved to Israel. He was supporting Zionism – this before he went mad and ended up killing six million Jews.”

As other MPs discussed whether to follow suit, Mr Livingstone was on this way to a second, even more inflammatory interview. Before he could do so, he was accosted by Mr Mann outside Westminster’s Millbank building.

He pursued his party colleague up the stairs calling him a “Nazi apologist” a “lying racist” and “f***ing disgrace” as he was giving a radio interview to LBC. Mr Livingstone went further when at last he made the BBC’s TV studio to record an interview for Daily Politics.

“If you are antisemitic you hate Jews, not just the ones in Israel, you hate your neighbour in Golders Green, or your neighbour in Stoke Newington,” he said. He then defended Ms Shah’s claim that Hitler had acted legally as a “statement of fact”.


Amusingly, Naz Shah the MP who started all of this was called in to see Corbyne, sat down to wait and forgotten about because all hell broke loose because of Red Ken.  She sat there in the waiting room, totally forgotten.  The Sunday Times says this[11].


"In farcical scenes, Shah was called in by Corbyn’s team to discuss her fate and then abandoned. A source said: “They put her in a waiting room and came back 40 minutes later and said: ‘Oh I’m sorry, we forgot you were here.’”"

What, exactly, had she done or said?

Naz Shah is alleged to have sent a tweet that suggested or stated that Israel should be moved to the USA.  This all created such furore for numerous reasons, not least because it is alleged to have shown that Corbyne has no back-bone and cannot make tough decisions.  The Sunday Times says this[11]:


"A shadow cabinet member denounced Corbyn’s media handling: “It’s because he’s useless. His operation is useless. They don’t know what they’re supposed to be doing.”


The Labour leader is not anti-semitic himself, one senior frontbencher insisted, but “Corbyn is so reluctant to move because those who he is allied with are often anti-semitic. Ken Livingstone is a prime example of that.”


The paralysis was exposed a day later when Team Corbyn failed to silence the former London mayor when he claimed Shah had been smeared by the “Israel lobby” and that Hitler supported the creation of a Jewish state “before he went mad and ended up killing 6m Jews”.


Arriving at Westminster’s Millbank television studios, Livingstone was confronted by John Mann, a Labour MP who has long campaigned against anti-semitism, who quickly branded him a “f***ing disgrace” — on camera."


So, in true Labour fashion, they sent out Diane Abbot out to pour some oil onto the raging fires on the Andrew Marr Show.  This she did with gusto.  And, showing that she has learned the lessons well, she ended her interview by hurling Islamophobia allegations about, again[12].





















What I find fascinating about her interview is that she says there has "only" been 12 anti-Semitic statements.  When Nigel  Farage says this to people like Andrew Marr, people like Abbot just laugh.  Now she knows what it is like.


But, as noted, she just has not understood what has happened.  Her party is so entrenched in the idea of shouting "racist" whenever someone has an opinion that this has caused this entire problem.  So, for her to end the interview by again bandying about the "racist" epithet (this time about the Tories) proves that they have just not understood anything.


The Zionism/Anti-zionism issue is over-all a side bar.  It is the failure of Labour to acknowledge and deal with genuine and real anti-Israel and anti-Jewish issues that is a real issue in Labour.  It often gets cloaked in the language of Zionism, but it generally goes down to the fact that they are so pro Islam that they actually think it is acceptable to be anti-Semitic because of this and Labour and Corbyne just cannot understand this.  If they cannot see this as a problem, will they ever deal with it?


It is also the fact that it happened and how they reacted to it that you should be paying attention to.  You will note that Livingstone alleges that his Hitler comments are true.  He just does not get the fact that you should not tell Jewish people that Hitler was in fact one of their gang - that is a disgusting thing to say.  Whether or not Hitler at one stage made a comment or statement or even a policy about Israel is entirely irrelevant.  It is the concept and the way it would be received by those people who lost entire generations of family and friends to Hitler.


Diane Abbot's performance should also be playing over and over in your mind as you vote on 5 May 2016.  She is so hypocritical.  Every time some nobody from UKIP who makes a really stupid statement, UKIP almost always deals with it in minutes.  Look at Janice Atkinson.  Suspended in minutes and expelled in weeks[13].  Admittedly, and shamefully, they did not do so in regards to the stupid and very strange comments recently about migrants causing a litter problem in Cardiff[14].  But every time Nigel is interviewed he is forced to deal with some little and at times insignificant issue rather than the real issues.  Abbot now knows what it is like answering such calls.


When you vote on 5 May 2016 remember what has happened and what has been said.  Do you really want people like Abbot representing you?


So, to conclude:


What should you take away from this?  There are numerous issue.


1. Never offer an opinion on Israeli politics unless you really know what you are talking about - if you do not, it is truly better that you offer no opinion;


2. Labour really do not know how to deal with real problems of genuine proportions regarding racism nor can they recognise them;


3. Diane Abbot should get her own show where she can continue showing the country exactly what Labour is all about;


4. Ken Livingstone is just exactly what he has been since the 1970s and 1980s.


5. If you hear someone bandying the word "zionism" about, walk in the opposite direction and do not talk;


6. On 5 May 2016 think about what you have seen and ask yourself if you want these people representing you.




[1] BBC 21 April 2016 "National Union of Students elects Malia Bouattia as president"


[2] BBC 22 April 2016 "Students threaten to split from NUS over new president"


[3] Guardian 27 April 2016 "Labour MP Naz Shah apologises to Commons amid antisemitism row"


[4] Independent 28 April 2016


[5] Guardian 28 April 2016


[6] Bloomber 31 March 2015 "Obama’s Next Move May Be Lifting U.S. Protection of Israel at UN"


[7] BBC 20 February 2015 "Guide: Why are Israel and the Palestinians fighting over Gaza?"


[8] Yoram Hazony 30 Apr 2009 "The Jewish State: The Struggle for Israel's Soul",&source=gbs_navlinks_s


[9] Telegraph 30 April 2016


[10] The Times 29 April 2016 "Corbyn dithers on a day out before dumping Livingstone"


[11] Sunday Times 1 May 2016 "Was It Something I Said?"


[12] Youtube "MarrShow: Diane Abbott car crash interview on antisemitism (01May16)"


[13] Daily Mail 24 March 2015 "Ukip Euro MP in 'expenses fiddle' is axed: High-profile election candidate and her chief of staff are kicked out for 'bringing party into disrepute'"


[14] Spectator 18 March 2016 "Watch: Ukip candidate blames litter in Cardiff on migrants"






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