Gilad Atzmon: The Anti-Semitic Side of Zionism (must watch)

If you are interested in Jewish political power and Zionist morbidity you must find the time to watch the first forty minutes of this incredible Israeli documentary. The film outlines what early Zionists thought of their Diaspora Jewish brothers, Jewish wealth, Jewish war mongering and Jewish power.

I do not know much at all about the people behind this film, except that they belong to the Israeli Ultra Orthodox sector. The film is there to expose the inherent anti Jewish discrimination within the Zionist discourse.

It is there to prove that Zionism is deeply anti- Semitic. The film is well made and very well researched, and the shocking quotes it outlines are all genuine.  

In case you fail to realise the role of Jewish wealth, the impact of AIPAC, Lord Cash point Levy, the Conservative Friends of Israel, and other relentless Jewish lobbies, Benjamin Ze’ev Herzl (the founder of modern political Zionism) doesn’t seem to mince his words.

Just five minutes into the documentary, Herzl is quoted as saying: “The wealthy Jews control the world…In their hands lies the fate of government and nations” (4:59)

But it isn’t just money the founder of Zionism is concerned with: Herzl was also very unhappy with what he saw as the role of Jews in setting off wars and world conflicts. Needless to say of course, Herzl  couldn’t know about what else was to come, decades later -- He didn’t know about Neo-conservatism; he didn’t know about Paul Wolfowitz and Scooter Libby setting the USA’s doctrine of moral interventionism; Herzl couldn't  know that it would be the Labour Friends of Israel who would contribute funds to the Labour Government in 2003; and Herzl couldn’t foresee that people like Jewish Chronicle writers David Aaronivitch and Nick Cohen would rally within the British press for further aggression in the Middle East, namely, the Iraq War.

But somehow Herzl was observant enough to suggest that  “They (the Jews) set governments one against the other and by their decree governments make peace” (5:07)


Herzl indeed, appeared to despise Jewish Power.  “When the wealthy Jews play, the nations and the rulers dance”, he wrote with contempt.

Pre Zionist writings  by Herzl suggest that  the promising Viennese Journalist  was  convinced that Anti-Semitism was actually good for the Jews : He thought that it would mount pressure that would lead Jews eventually to “adapt” and transform into Goyim by means of conversion (5:49).

Later, when Herzl, changed his mind, and decided that Zionism was the ‘way forward’, he still thought that anti Semitism was a good thing, since it could only push Jews more urgently towards establishing the future Jewish State.

And it seems that Zionism still benefits from anti Semitism. Apparently, Herzl’s paradigm is still in place.

Bravely, the film elaborates on the similarities between Herzl and Hitler. It is rather clear that -- at least ideologically -- the two political thinkers shared a deep aversion towards Jews. 

Zionism was there to erect a ‘new Jew’: It promised to transform the Jews into “civilized people”.  The documentary exposes the level of loathing early Zionists felt towards their Diaspora brothers.

In 1919, the Zionist socialist, Josef Haim Brenner, insisted that “Jewish national character has been at fault since time immemorial. We (Jews) have never been a creative people. We’ve always lived lives of gypsies and dogs.” Brenner continues, “what do you expect from the anti Semites?”  (25:10). To a certain extent they were right to hate us all.  “The Jews,” says Zionist Brenner,  “are Gypsies, contagion, slop and decay, a rotten egg..   We are remotely humane… scum of mankind”

David Ben Gurion, the first Israeli Prime Minister, and probably the ultimate Zionist pragmatist, agreed that   “transforming humanoid raw material (the Diaspora Jews) into a cultural nation is not an easy task.”

The Israeli documentary discloses the Zionists’ conscious dismissal of European Jews’ tragedy during The Second World War --In 1943, as European Jews suffered the ultimate form of oppression,  Itzhak Greenbaum (the Zionist leader in charge of the rescue efforts) wrote, “when they ask me, can you not use funds to rescue Jews in the Diaspora? I said No and I repeat No! “

Greenbaum then insists that the struggle for Zionist redemption is more important than any efforts to save Diaspora Jews. (31:00)

In 1937 Chaim Weizmann, the leader of the Zionist Organisation and later the first Israeli President, declared “The hope of six million[1] Jews is focused on rising up from the depth of tragedy. I wish to save two million youth. The elderly will perish and await their final destiny.  They are, economically and ethically –sub human-in cruel world.” (32:18) 

David ben Gurion repeated more or less the same line of thought: “If I should be able to save all the children of Germany via transport to England, and merely half of them via transport to Israel, I will choose the latter”

The film goes on to review the Zionists’ total betrayal of, and failure to assist European Jews at the time of World War Two.

It also exposes the total political and legal abuse of Yemenite, Arab Jews and the Orthodox community in Israel.

It is important also to note that -- as much as this film protests against anti Jewish discrimination in Israel -- it hardly mentions the Palestinians or their plight. It totally neglects the crimes committed day by day against the Palestinian people.

As one expects -- universal ethics hardly comes into play in Hebrew; not even in a film about Zionist discrimination and human rights abuse.


[1] Note the number (6.000.000) and the year (1937)