Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Lawrence of Cyberia: Why Don't Zionists Adopt Gandhi's Methods?

Just discovered this post which makes this astute point:

It takes a special kind of nerve to embark upon a project - Zionism - that can be fulfilled only through the violent destruction of another people, and then criticize the people you are destroying for their failure to adopt non-violence.

Which is followed by this quote from Gandhi, showing his distaste for Zionism:

Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French. …Surely it would be a crime against humanity to reduce the proud Arabs so that Palestine can be restored to the Jews partly or wholly as their national home. The nobler course would be to insist on a just treatment of the Jews wherever they are born and bred.

… I am not defending the Arab excesses. I wish they had chosen the way of non-violence in resisting what they rightly regarded as an unwarrantable encroachment upon their country. But according to the accepted canons of right and wrong, nothing can be said against the Arab resistance in the face of overwhelming odds.

-- The Jews In Palestine, by Mahatma Gandhi; The Harijan, 26 Nov 1938

According to Gandhi, it was the Zionists, not the Palestinians, who invented terrorism.


Anonymous said...

"why don't Zionists Adopt Gandhi's Methods"?

This is ludicrous given world events of 1938 (Cristalnacht) and following.

Where is it written that Gandhi and his methods were infallible in all times and places?

Omyma said...

Gandhi's ideas are especially
relevant to Israel's excessive reliance on military solutions to security and sovereignty issues. No one's ideas are solutions to everything, but Israel needs aheavy dose of pacifist power to learn that security begins with mutual cooperation and compromise.

Anonymous said...

The Zionists who adopted Gandhi's techniques in 1938 are all dead.

Next question (Preferably one that is relevant to planet Earth)?