My Parents Founded a Settlement, Now Trump Could Make Their Dream Come True

The expansion of Jewish settlements has followed a consistent pattern for about 100 years – the replacement of Palestinians by Jews. The new U.S. president provides a historical opportunity to accelerate the process.

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The Disturbing Alliance Between Zionists and Anti-Semites

The history of the Zionist movement demonstrates that there is no inherent contradiction between Zionism and anti-Semitism. The two ideologies have in fact often worked in concert to achieve their shared goal: concentrating Jews in one place (so as to better avoid them in others). Even before the modern Zionist movement arose in the late 19th century, Christian philosophers and statesmen debated what to do with the “oriental” mass of Jewry in their midst. As the scholar Jonathan Hess of the University of North Carolina has noted, one “solution” popular among Enlightenment figures who harbored anti-Semitic feelings was to deport Jews to a colonial setting where they could be reformed. Johann Gottlieb Fichte, among the founders of German Idealism, noted in 1793 that the most effective protection Europeans could mount against the Jewish menace was to “conquer the holy land for them and send them all there.”

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Reframing Anti-Semitism: Alternative Jewish Perspectives (Book Review)

"This collection of essays is a significant contribution to the debate on antisemitism, the Palestinian issue and U.S. policy toward the Middle East. It clearly demonstrates that there is no monolithic Jewish position on Middle East issues. The book reminds us all to be on guard against antisemitism and all forms of racism, including anti-Arab and anti-Muslim racism, but that the charge of antisemitism must not be used to suppress criticism of Israeli state practices or the political ideology of Zionism."
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