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A Hero Forgotten; Tensions within Zionism

This is a short bio on a Jew, a Zionist at that who wanted peace and was murdered by one of his own, labeled a traitor, in much the same way as Malcome X by the Nation of Islam, (not to be confused with Orthodox Islam, if you don't know go look it up people) or Mahatma Ghandi.
This is the last I'm going to post on this subject, but I think it's important. A lot of people throw the term Zionist around the same as in "fascist" or "Nazi." I personally don't label myself a Zionist because in my lifetime I have seen it's unapologetic stance lead to a lot of bad shit. But I personally do support a Jewish state, and that little lot of land as being it at that. The Western World has shown Jews what they think of us too many times to believe that our current institutional standing means that we should feel at any sort of ease. When the Palestinian people are allowed the right to self determination, and a state, (even if not the right to arm themselves for the time being) I'll gladly call myself a Zionist and stand arm and arm with my brothers in Israel. (And I'm an anarchist, or anarch-ish) We should never take our lives at the expanse of others, especially seeing as it only gives the West an ACTUAL reason to hate us, as opposed to the made up ones they've used for thousands of years. Or as the hick who I'm sure didn't care much about Muslims or Palestinians in my History or Religions class said; "see you can never trust a Jew."

This is a story of man, a Zionist at that, whose pathos and understanding should never be forgotten, who was murdered by a Jewish Right Wing extremist. There is a second half of this article which I'm omitting which points, and does a very good job at pointing to a government conspiracy, but I don't have enough facts to feel right in publishing that. So I'm just going to try and publish the parts of the article which tell the story of a man whose love for his people never obscured his vision for humanity. This is the story of one of my hero's, and someone who as a child I shed tears for.

I'm not posting this to soften any one's stance on the right to self determination by the Palestinian People, but I'm trying to convey that even within Zionism, there's tension.

This was e-mailed to me and I can't find the source of this article, so if you need confirmation go find it.

Yitzhak Rabin
Yitzhak Rabin tried to moderate his stances. His courageous stances cost him his life. His policies were in contrast to the ex-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (who used the Israeli Defense Forces or IDF in controversial exercises). Today, Sharon was moved out of the hospital to another location when he still has his coma from years back. Yasser Arafat once led the Palestinian Authority and he died.Rabin's 2nd term existed from July 1992 until his assassination in November 4, 1995. Rabin learned the hard way to change. Some people criticize Vladimir Jabotinsky for taking a hardline approach in trying to deal with Middle Eastern issues.
Sharon believed that murderous brutality was a real solution in having peace in the Middle East. Yet, thisisn't the case. His critics accuse Sharon of helping to create Hamas to be a counter valve against Arafat's Palestine Liberation Organization. Yet, even Arafat wasn't perfect. Sharon's policies lead into a cycle of violence instead of peace. Sharon was a follower of Jabotinksy. Jabotinksy admired Mussolini.
He wrote the 1923 document called "On the Iron Wall" that wanted Arabic people to accept Zionism in order for peace tooccur among the Palestinian Arabic people and the Jewish people. David Ben Gurion
disagreed with him and wanted the Palestinians to accept the U.N. partition plan of November 1947. Wars came for many years even in the June 1967 Six Day War (where Israel gotten land in the West Bank and Jerusalem).
The Intifada or uprising came aboutin December 1987. The Palestinians were desperate in trying to have some sense of liberty. Then Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir wanted to use harsh measures to suppress the intifada. This meant assassination, deportations, curfews, economic measures, etc. Rabin wanted an iron fist as well. He was the Defense Minister then.
Rabin used harsh measures, yet it only caused more tensions in the region.A senior officer under Rabin told Israeli journalists Ze'ev Schiff and Ehud Ya'ari (about the intifada) that, "I console myself with the thought that this punishment may lessen the violence, but deep inmy heart I know that what we are doing will prompt others to react against us violently in revenge" (Schiff and Ya'ari,

Intifada: The Palestinian Uprising—Israel's Third Front
After the intifada, Yitzhak Rabin started to change.Rabin's widow Leah wrote in her memoir,
Rabin: Our Life, His Legacy,that the inability to put down the rebellion without resorting to unacceptable tactics changed her husband."The Intifada made it wholly clear to Yitzhak that Israel could not govern another people." By 1989, she continues, he "was gradually moving toward advocating Palestinian autonomy and self-determination." That was very taboo since back in the day an Israeli advocating that was very shocking to the establishment.

"Military cemeteries in every corner of the world are silent testimony to the failure of national leaders to sanctify human life" - Yitzhak Rabin


Yitzhak Rabin won the election to be Prime Minister of Israel. In that time,Labor's seats in the Knesset increased from 39 to 44, while Shamir's Likud representation dropped from 40 to 32.Rabin tried to revive the Madrid process in order to solve issues in the Middle East.Rabin worked with the Palestinians in trying to get solutions occurring. Rabin became more liberal in not wanting to support the expansion of political settlements. He rejected Shamir and the Likud leaders wanting to build up a Greater Israel. Rabin didn't believe that military power alone could make security.
He said that: "...Security is not a tank, an aircraft, a missile ship.Security is also a man's education, housing, schools, the street and neighborhood,the society in which he grew up. And security is also that man's hope."
He worked with Shimon Peres as well (he was a former rival in the Labor Party). He repealed the 6 year old which prohibited contact between Israeli citizens and the PLO during December 1992. Peres convinced Rabin that you can have peace by using economic agreements as well. This is why Oslo rejected infrastructure programs for Israel and Palestine. Rabin wanted negotiations even when Hamas launched terror attacks in September 1993. He shook Arafat's hand in the White House during September 13, 1993. With U.S. President Clinton looking on,Rabin shook the hand of his old enemy Arafat, and declared,

"We who have come from a land where parents bury their children, we who have fought against you,the Palestinians, we say to you today in a loud and clear voice: Enough of blood and tears, enough!"
Rabin in September 9

, 1993 sent Arafat a letter that officially recognized the PLO. Yitzhak Rabin also oversaw the signing of the Israel-Jordan Treaty of Peace in 1994. In response to critics who said he should not have shaken Arafat's hand at the White House ceremony, nor proclaimed Arafat a "partner in peace," as he has been an enemy of Israel,Rabin scoffed, saying "You make peace with your enemies, not with your friends." By1995, Yitzhak Rabin tried to have discussions with Syria in getting more solutions achieved in theMiddle Eastern crisis. Hamas' Israeli ties have been accused by many sources and even Yasser Arafat. Arafat said that:"...We are doing everything to stop the violence. But Hamas is a creature of Israel, which at the time of Prime Minister [Yitzhak] Shamir [the late 1980's when Hamas arose], gave them money and more than 700 institutions, among them schools, universities, and mosques. Even [formerIsraeli Prime Minister Yitzhak] Rabin ended up admitting it, when I charged him with it, in the presence of [Egyptian President Hosni] Mubarak..." The United Press International (in an article written by Richard Sale in June 18, 2002 in his article called "Analysis: Hamas History tied to Israel") reported that: "...Israel and Hamas may currently be locked in deadly combat, but according to several and former U.S. intelligence officials, beginning in the late 1970's, Tel Aviv gave direct and indirect financial aid to Hamas over a period of time..."

In fact, Rabin admitted that Israel's covert support for Hamas was an error. He tried to stop it before his assassination. He got rid of 400 of its operatives in 1992 and arrested 4,000 of them in the months before his death. It's not a secret that in history, American, other Western nations,and Israeli intelligence agencies have infiltrated many Palestinian terrorist groups. Rabin was murdered by a fanatic that didn't want peace. The assassination of Yitzhak Rabin occurred in November 4, 1995. In that day, Rabin spoke to peace demonstrators filled with more than100,000 Israelis. Rabin spoke to the crowd that:
"... peace is not only in prayers... but it is the desire of the Jewish people. There are enemies of peace. They are trying to attack us in order to torpedo peace. I want to tell you:

We found a partner for peace among the Palestinians the
PLO, which used to be an enemy-and stopped terrorism. Without partners for peace, there is no peace. Also, with Syria, there will be an opportunity to achieve peace. This rally must broadcast to the Israeli public, and to many in the Western and outside world,that the people of Israel want peace, support peace."

90 minutes later, Rabin was shot to death.

The murderer was a mysterious radical. The murderer was named Yigal Amir. He was a young law student. He shot 5 bullets into the Prime Minister when he was attending a 1995 peace rally. Of course, Yigal proclaimed that he had no regrets of his evil, murderous actions. Yigal was trained by the Israel intelligence service called Shin Bet. Rabin's security didn't react adequately enough to protect Rabin from Amir's bullets. Shin Bet received multiple warnings about an assassination attempt against Rabin before he was murdered...
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etc. etc., This is the last I can talk about this subject without breaking out in an epileptic fit. But to all the gentiles, lone wolf fanatical Muslims who do a piss pore job of representing Muslim American attitudes towards Jews, and everyone else who wants to blame my cousin Jeremy in his Chicago Bears sweatshirt for everything from the Great Depression to 9/11; go fuck yourself.

Shabbat Shalom bitches
Ya boy

I hope you really meant it... 14.Jul.2011 23:14

the fuck were you thinking?

...when you said that this is the last that you would be writing muddle-headed pro-zionist crap on indymedia.

I think that your Jewish-identity politics sucks. If you want to embrace your Jewish identity, then that's fine. Nobody can fault you for being born to the people that you were born to. However, that doesn't excuse you from self-examination and critiquing ethnocentrism. Especially if you are going to call yourself an anarchist (or anarch-ish).

The foundational assumption of zionism is that Jews would not be safe anywhere in the world due to undeserved hatred against them, and therefor Jews need an armed nation of their own. There are a number of problems with this assumption.

The first problem with that I will address is that the assumption is simply not true. For example, many Jews live safely here in the US and elsewhere in the world, and are not protected by the zionist nation.

The second problem is that it is just simply wrong to militarily occupy a land and displace its inhabitants. Yitzhak Rabin wrote in his biography about how hard it was to convince young Jews to force Palestinians from their homes back in 1948. The chapter was edited out of the version first published by the Israeli government, but was added as an appendix in later publishings.

It is also problematic to assume that Jews have played only innocent and blameless roles throughout history. Like other peoples associated through various commonalities, Jews have had some good people in history and some bad. As I mentioned in the first part of this comment, it is absolutely wrong to hate someone because of who they were born to. But by the same token, no one gets a free pass in life to avoid personal responsibility based on who they were born to.

The part of the post about Yitzhak Rabin was interesting, as Rabin certainly was an interesting historical character. IT could be argued that he attempted to be a moral person , given the situation that he found himself in.

However, your personal voice in this article makes me want to puke. "Shabbat Shalom bitches"? Really? BARF! I get it that you are trying to combat anti-semitism, but wouldn't working on yourself be a good place to start? If you are going to try to be a representation of a Jew that has the respect of people of conscience, then may I suggest dropping the misogynistic-bullshit language? If you are going to call yourself an anarchist, then you have to be against ALL oppression, not just that which affects the ethnicity that you call your own.I hope you really meant it...


...when you said that this is the last that you would be writing pro-zionist crap on indymedia.

I think that your Jewish-identity politics sucks. If you want to embrace your Jewish identity, then that's fine. Nobody can fault you for being born to the people that you were born to. However, that doesn't excuse you from self-examination and critiquing ethnocentrism. Especially if you are going to call yourself an anarchist (or anarch-ish).

The foundational assumption of zionism is that Jews would not be safe anywhere in the world due to undeserved hatred against them, and therefor Jews need an armed nation of their own. There are a number of problems with this assumption.

The first problem with that I will address is that the assumption is simply not true. For example, many Jews live safely here in the US and elsewhere in the world, and are not protected by the zionist nation.

The second problem is that it is just simply wrong to militarily occupy a land and displace its inhabitants. Yitzhak Rabin wrote in his biography about how hard it was to convince young Jews to force Palestinians from their homes back in 1948. The chapter was edited out of the version first published by the Israeli government, but was added as an appendix in later publishings.

It is also problematic to assume that Jews have played only innocent and blameless roles throughout history. Like other peoples associated through various commonalities, Jews have had some good people in history and some bad. As I mentioned in the first part of this comment, it is absolutely wrong to hate someone because of who they were born to. But by the same token, no one gets a free pass in life to avoid personal responsibility based on who they were born to.

The part of the post about Yitzhak Rabin was interesting, as Rabin certainly was an interesting historical character. IT could be argued that he attempted to be a moral person , given the situation that he found himself in.

However, your personal voice in this article makes me want to puke. "Shabbat Shalom bitches"? Really? BARF! I get it that you are trying to combat anti-semitism, but wouldn't working on yourself be a good place to start? If you are going to try to be a representation of a Jew that has the respect of people of conscience, then may I suggest dropping the misogynistic-bullshit language? If you are going to call yourself an anarchist, then you have to be against ALL oppression, not just that which affects the ethnicity that you call your own.