• Lillian Rosengarten

Trapped In The Identity Of Victim

Jews remain trapped in their identity as victims. 

It is utterly bizarre how Zionist Israel has become an incarnation of a racist, irrational Nationalism and how Palestinians suffer as victims of a cancerous monster  based on a  white supremacist concept. 

Jews were once victims  of a racist nationalist Nazi Germany that was also based on white aryan supremacy. Because of what has happened in Nazi Germany,  many Jews to this day remain identified as victims who are willing to sacrifice Palestinians for “a Jewish State.” They fail to see that Zionism is no more than a colonialist apartheid state.

I  speak as a Jew in horror of the crimes my people have perpetrated. Our story is not the story of past generations but the crimes perpetrated against Palestinians.  It is called Apartheid and segregation.  As a Jew today, I claim the right to speak out without the false label of anti-Semite.  Zionism was started as a liberation movement  which has become an ethnic, racist, nationalistic movement. The problem is this racist ideology has been confused to rid the world of anti-Semitism. I understand Zionism but I see it as a mistake, a catastrophic  racist ideology.  Israel’s zionist goal is the Judaization of Israel and to deny the existence of Palestinian people. Intellectual honesty is holding Israel responsible. Israel has succeeded to kill the 2 state solution with uncritical support from the US and the EU.  Instead there is the state of Zionist Israel. 

The EU and the US must acknowledge Palestine. We must have freedom for Palestinians so Israel can also be free. People say to me “Do you believe in one state?” I don’t discuss it any more. We have one state, Israel, an apartheid state. Our job is to say NO to apartheid and Zionism.I am not a hater of Israel but want my people to move themselves from the trap of victimhood. Therefore we must have an opening for questions and dialogue while recognizing  that remaining trapped as a victim is a part of Jewish identity that is threatened with annihilation and survival.   This is the sickness and we cannot affect changes until we understand the Jews who are stuck in  a mindset of identification as a victim. We can do this only with love and understanding while  making a distinction between Judaism and Zionism and siding with the oppressed and downtrodden. Our job is to say “NO” to apartheid and Zionism. I must add, to declare Israel an apartheid state is unbearable, but it is the truth.

As-Salaamu Alaykum

Lillian

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