By Simon Fischler
I do not usually quote the Old texts, but here is some food for thought. Zionism is as old as the Hebrew, Israelite, Jewish nation. Anyone, Jew or not, who fails to realize this fact has no concept of who or what the Jewish/Israelite/Hebrew nation is.
“1. By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept
when we remembered Zion.
2. There on the poplars
we hung our harps,
3. for there our captors asked us for songs,
our tormentors demanded songs of joy;
they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”
4. How can we sing the songs of the Lord
while in a foreign land?
5. If I forget you, Jerusalem,
may my right hand forget its skill.
6. May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth
if I do not remember you,
if I do not consider Jerusalem
my highest joy.
7. Remember, Lord, what the Edomites did
on the day Jerusalem fell.
“Tear it down,” they cried,
“tear it down to its foundations!”
8. Daughter Babylon, doomed to destruction,
happy is the one who repays you
according to what you have done to us.
9. Happy is the one who seizes your infants
and dashes them against the rocks.”
First, if I am correct there is no mention of songs of Palestine!
Second, we remember Jerusalem, not Al-Quds!
Third, this detention, enslavement is but the start of the confrontation between the Hebrew, Israelite, Jewish people and those who would become part of the Arab, colonialist nation.
Being part of the Jewish nation has no color, whether black, white or purple, but it does necessitate recognizing the truth that we are a nation. Our nation is linked without doubt to our land – Israel, Judea and Samaria.
What does Zionism mean?
It means "Next year in Jerusalem" (something Jews have been saying in Israel long before there was a Mohammad or the Arab political movement called Islam).
It means Jewish self-determination in the land of Israel where we have been living for centuries.
Zionism means governing the Jewish nation, caring for the land of Israel and helping our fellow Jews still oppressed in foreign lands. It means all of this while still accepting those who are not Jewish but are born among Israel’ s borders.
Zionism or Israel or the Jewish National movement (that dates back to Yacov and his children, or even to Abraham) today also means freedom, civil rights, hope and liberty for Israeli Druze, Circassians and Israeli Arabs -- on a level these minorities have never received in their own Arab lands, or for that matter, in the supposedly free western world!
Zionism is the long, strong beating heart of being a Jew. Any Jew who disbelieves this is not really a Jew. Any non-Jew who trashes Zionism is merely an anti-Semite.
Remember, oh “Daughter Babylon … happy is the one who repays you according to what you have done to us."