[FONT=Century Gothic][FONT=Arial]This is a response to a letter inquiring why I don’t support Ron Paul. I was asked if I was a Zionist. I feel I need to explain what Zionism is and why I am a Zionist, though I’m not sure if the word “diehard” applies.
Yes, I am proudly a Zionist. I do not believe that you have an accurate picture of what the term means.
What it means, at least to me, is a relief that the state of Israel is essential to the existence of the Jewish people. Around the time of the start of the Common Era, or around 1 A.D. the events commenced that spelled the end of the politically independent existence of Judaism. That existence in the Diaspora did not have to end badly. But it did, and resoundingly so. The fact is that the so-called “Golden Era” of the Jews in Moorish Spain wasn’t so golden. That is Muslim and leftist propaganda. In fact the Jews existed under a system, common to this day in the Muslim world called “dhimmitude” where “people of the book”, namely Jews and Christians, are suffered to exist in relative safety if they pay a small but humiliating tax, called a “gizya” (sp). Their churches or synagoges can be built only with permission and their roofs must be lower than the top of a mosque. There are numerous and other humiliating outrages that were part of Jewish life in Moorish Spain and the Muslim world. There were pogroms, or organized riots against Jews but they were fewer and less deadly than in Christian Europe.
Life was, if anything, worse for the Jews in Christian Europe. The royalty frequently induced the Jews to come, since the Jews had business and financial resources otherwise unavailable. The Jews were safe only as long as the royalty or aristrocracy both wanted to protect Jews and was able to. Frequently, since the common people would have none of this “Jewish nonesense” the discontent erupted with deadly results. This was “rinse, wash, repeat” cycle that kept going through most of European history, with some undulations. Napolean sponsored a brief period of liberalization, which similarly ended badly. When a new Kaiser was crowned in Germany in 1888 his first promise was to protect the Jews. We all know how that went.
In the period from around 1891 through the beginning of WW I the Jews left Eastern Europe, along with others, by the millions. Most of the 2,000,000 left behind in Poland, and around 4,000,000 in other countries were butchered in the Holocaust. Seance talker and then-Canadian Prime Minister King exemplified the West’s indifferent with his Cabinet Minister’s statement that “one Jew is too many” for Canada to admit to save from the Holocaust. The U.S.'s attitude was no different. It was against this backdrop that Theodore Herzl got the Zionist movement going in the mid-1890’s. Basically, the seeds of the Holocaust were sewn. The U.S. and then later Canada slammed the door to more Jewish immigration. Thus, Zionism became an existential as well as political issue.
Israel may seem modern, advanced and strong but the birth rate in the surrounding countries, heavily fueled by Western aid, threatens to overwhelm Israel. There are simply too people (their behavior makes that characterization generous pounding at the door. Their tactics, laid out in the Old Testament as well as modern media, involves murdering the innocent and the helpless. Google “Amelkites” or “Sodom and Gomorrah” and you’ll see my point. Or, while your at it, the Akedah (where G-d stopped Abraham from killing his son while Allah apparently loves the flesh of suicide bombers) or incidents where the Phillistines gratuitously destroyed Abraham’s wells, just for the sake and fun of destruction.
I am a Jew and the Jews need Israel.