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8 oct. 2012

Zionist Quotes

What is Zionism?
Zionism (Hebrew: ציונות‎, Tsiyonut) is a form of nationalism of Jews and Jewish culture that supports a Jewish nation state in territory defined as the Land of Israel. Zionism supports Jews upholding their Jewish identity and opposes the assimilation of Jews into other societies and has advocated the return of Jews to Israel as a means for Jews to be liberated from anti-Semitic discrimination, exclusion, and persecution that has occurred in other societies.  Since the establishment of the State of Israel, the Zionist movement continues primarily to advocate on behalf of the Jewish state and address threats to its continued existence and security. In a less common usage, the term may also refer to non-political, cultural Zionism, founded and represented most prominently by Ahad Ha'am; and political support for the State of Israel by non-Jews, as in Christian Zionism.
Critics of Zionism consider it a colonialist  or racist  movement. Some scholars consider certain forms[1][2] of opposition to Zionism to constitute Antisemitism


In this Blog we will pay attention to some of the most controversial, censored and published quotes that Israeli leaders said to the world about the Arabs specially about the Palestinian people.

"In our country there is room only for the Jews. We shall say to the Arabs: Get out !  If they don't agree, if they resist, we shall drive them out by force."

[Professor Nen-Zion Dinur, Israel First Minister of Education, 1954, from Hostory of the Haganah, 1956] 




"We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population"

[David Ben-Gurion, May 1984, to the General Staff.  A biography, by Michael Ben-Zohar, Delacorte, New York 1978]

"Let us not ignore the truth among ourselves... politically we are the aggressors and they defend themselves..."

"The country is theirs, because they inhabit it, whereas we want to come here and settle down, and their view we want to take away from them their country."

[David Ben-Gurion, quoted on pp 91-2 of Chomsky's Fateful Triangle, which appears in Simha Flapan's "Zionism and the Palestinians" pp 141-2 citing a 1938 speech.] 

"May the Holy Name visit retribution on the Arab heads, and cause their seed to be lost, and annihilate them."

"It is forbidden to have pity on them. We must give them missiles with relish annihilate them.  Evil ones, dammable ones."
    
[Israeli Rabbi Ovadia Yosef during a sermon preceding the 2001 Passover Holiday] 


"We must do everything to ensure they (the Palestinian Refugees) never do return."
    
[Manachem Begin, speech to the Knesset, quoted in Annon Kapelionk, 'Begin' and the 'Beasts', New Statesman, June 25, 1982] 




"We shall reduce the Arab population to a community of woodcutters and waiters."
    
[Yitzhak Rabin, leaked censored version of Rabin memoirs, published in the New York Times, 23 October 1979] 





"It is the duty of Israeli leaders to explain to public opinion, clearly and courageously, a certain number of facts that are forgotten with time" 

"The first of these is that there is no Zionism, colonization, or Jewish State without the eviction of the Arabs and the expropriation of their lands." 
    
[Ariel Sharon, Israeli Foreign Minister, addressing a meeting of militants from the extreme right-wing Tsomet Party, Agence France Presse, November 15, 1998]

"Israel may have the right to put others on trial, but certainly no one has the right to put the Jewish people and the state of Israel on trial" 
    
[Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, March 25, 2001 quoted in BBC News Online.]

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"The Blood of the Jewish people is loved by the Lord; it is therefore redder and their life is preferable"
    
[Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh, head of the Kever Yossev Yeshiva (school of Talmud) in Nablus] 





"The Intifada is the Palestinian's people's war of national liberation. We (Israel) enthusiastically chose to become a colonialist society, ignoring international treaties, expropriating lands, transferring settlers from Israel." 

"To the Occupied Territories, engaging in theft and funding justification for all these activities... We (Israel) established an apartheid regime."
    
[Michael Ben Yair, Attorney General of Israel] 


"We declare openly that the Arabs have no right to settle on even one centimeter of Eretz Israel...  We shall use the ultimate force until the Palestinians come crawling to us on all fours ..." 

"When we have settled the land, all the Arabs will be able to do will be scurry around like drugged roaches in a bottle." 
    
[Israeli Chief of Staff Rafael Eitan, Gad Becker, Yediot Ahronot, April 13 1983 and New York Times, April 14, 1983] 


"One million Arabs are not worth a Jewish Fingernail"
    
[Rabbi Ya'acov Perin in his eulogy at the funeral of mass murderer Dr. Baruch Goldstein, cited in the New York Times, February 28, 1994] 





"There is no such  things as a Palestinian people...  It is not as if we came and threw them out and took their country.  They didn't exist." 
    
[Golda Meir, statement to The Sunday Times, 15 June, 1969] 

"How can we return the occupied territories?  There is nobody to return them to." 
    
[Golda Meir, March 8, 1969]


"The settlement of the land of Israel is the essence of Zionism.  Without settlement, we will not fulfill Zionism.  It's that simple." 
    
[Yitzhak Shamir, Meariv,  February 21, 1997]

"The Palestinians would be crashed like grasshoppers... heads smashed against the boulders and walls" 
    
[Yitzhak Shamir, Israeli Prime Minister (at the time) in a speech to Jewish settlers New York Time April 1, 1988 ]
 
"Israel should have exploited the repression of the demonstrations in China" 

"When world attention focused on that country, to carry out mass expulsions among the Arabs of the territories." 
    
[Binyamin Netanyahu, then Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister, former Prime Minister of Israel, speaking to students at Bar IIan University, from the Israeli Journal Hotam, November 24, 1989]

"If we thought that instead of 200 Palestinian fatalities, 2000 dead would put an end to the fighting at a stroke, we would use much more force..." 
    
[Israeli Prime minister Ehud Barack, quoted in Associated Press , November 16, 2000]


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