by Felix Quigley
December 11, 2008
We on 4international are truly overjoyed that the phony cloak has been scratched away from Judaism and that the real differences are emerging into the open. This is going to strengthen the Jewish nation against its antisemitic enemies enormously. The sharpest point of this has been the leter sent by Stalinist “Communist” Efraim Sneh to reactionary despot Barak calling for the arrest of Jewish fighter and activist Daniella Sneh. It behoves us as revolutionary socialists and as Trotskyists to find out the ideas behind these two people. We will deal with Sneh presently, just now to note that this man historically is a total enemy of the revolutionary socialist tradition of Lenin and Trotsky, he represents Stalin and Stalinism which Lenin was fighting before his premature death, and which of course Trotsky was the leading fighter against. So much so that the Stalinists had to murder Trotsky in 1940 in Mexico, murdered by a Stalinist assasin called Ramon Mercader, who was recruited in the Spanish Civil War theatre of Stalinist butchery of Trotskyists, socialists and anarchists. First let us deal with Daniella Weiss. In a previous article I referred to Daniella Weiss as “little” in fact she is a giant among revolutionary Jewish giants.
This is a profile done by the anti Jewish Guardian newspaper of England. I turn to it only for some background research. My comments may be read as bold italic.
[start Guardian profile here]
For Daniella Weiss, the war was a turning point. Born into a conservative but not an ultra-religious family in Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv, she was 22 at the time and married. She had finished her undergraduate degree in English literature and philosophy at Bar Ilan University and had become deeply religious.
(Please allow me to interupt here immediately. The Guardian sense of “deeply religious” is mischievous and misleading. It does not explain that when Karl Marx visited Jerusalem in 1854 he wrote and wrote very sympathetically of his wonder at the religious fervour of the Jews and the way that they were dhimmified by the Muslims. When Leon Trotsky was visited in Mexico some short time before his murder by a Russian Jewish lady from Jewish Palestine he also was full of wonder for the fervour of the Jewish tradition and race, and this helped him to break from the past and to assert that the Jews were indeed a nation, in fact the oldest we know of, and that they had a right to a piece of the earth just like any other. Trotsky also called for Jews to get themselves to Palestine, at all costs out of Europe to escape the terror of the Nazis, to set up there their own state, and at all costs to make it defensible. He refered scathingly to the “reactionary Mohammedans”. From which it is obvious that Judaism is closely linked with the history of this wonderful people and nation. Pity that many try to deny this. Does Sneh? Does Olmert? Does Barak? Seems like it to me)
In the first years after the war, Weiss became involved in the settlement movement as they began to build deep inside the now Israeli-occupied West Bank. She was first at Ofra, an early settlement just north of Ramallah, and then at Kedumim from December 1975.
(You really have to watch the Guardian. The term The West Bank fairly slips off their tongue does it not. In fact this was the 1967 War they talk about here, and Arab Armies were queueing up to attack (again) the Jewish state. But it was not then called the “West Bank”. That was a name that was manufactured by the Arab Jew Hating enemies, and by the antisemitic Imperialist countries in Europe and in sections of the American Government)
Weiss does not talk of an “occupation”, but uses the word “liberation” for the territory captured by Israel in the six-day war. She talks not of “settlements” but “communities,” not of “building anew” but of “resettling” on the land. To her the Jews have a historic right to the land stretching back thousands of years, while the Palestinians are a “new formation.”
(Weiss is to be applauded. Her terminology is precise and truthful. On one point the “Palestinians” indeed are a new formation. Before 1967 there was no talk at all among the Arabs of their being “Palestinians”. Indeed it even seems they never did like the term. This word the “Palestinians” was artifially manufactured and vast sums of Arab money was expended to sell the concept. It had from the bginning an antisemitic content)
“We felt literally the revival of the biblical narrative. So to return to it was to return to the glory of the past history of the Jewish nation. These are the terms by which I lived and live. I saw myself being a pioneer continuing the work that my parents and grandparents did in the coastal plain in Tel Aviv. I saw myself as privileged to continue the Zionist effort.”
(We on 4international applaud Weiss here for her defence of her proud tradition. Every single nation has this in its make up. In Ireland for example part of the Irish tradition is the wonderful Newgrange Megalithic remains which is the first solar and lunar calendar built to great precision by the ancestors of the Irish. If the Irish has this tradition and is proud of its history, why not the Jews!)
The settlements grew slowly but steadily, both under Israel’s Labour and Likud governments, often with state support and almost always with military protection. Today, there are around 460,000 settlers living in the West Bank and in East Jerusalem. Some are there for their religious beliefs, others for economic incentives on offer. The number of West Bank settlers has doubled since the Oslo peace accords in 1993 and some of the largest settlement blocs are now within the path of Israel’s West Bank barrier, suggesting it hopes to hold on to the land in any final agreement. Settlers in the occupied territories use what the Israeli military calls “sterile roads,” which are set aside for Israeli-registered cars only. The settler community has become a vocal political lobby, exercising considerable influence over government.
(Watch out for Guardian mischief and bias. They call them sterile roads. Who calls them this! But Guardian does not say that these Jewish people living in this area are under continual attack and face the enormous hatred of those “poor” Palestinians, as we shall see shortly)
At first, Weiss’s settler community wanted to build inside the Palestinian town of Nablus. But the Israeli government refused permission, so they settled on the hilltops nearby. When her settlement first began, she lived with her husband and two young children in a tent. There was a generator for power, but little else. Later it became a small shack, then a trailer until it became effectively a small town, with properly surfaced roads, houses, parks, shops, electricity, telephone connections, running water and a guarded perimeter. It is home to around 3,000 settlers.
It felt a long way from her home in Tel Aviv. “After sundown it was as if you were on the moon. You didn’t see a glimmer. I remember I said to myself: ‘I am like Robinson Crusoe.’ There was a real sense of being pioneers. We were thinking there are Arabs here and Jews here and for us it is a return to our origin … We were two different cultures.”
In the early days, she thought little of the Palestinian community around her, except to note that she saw little electricity or education. In later years, through the first and second intifada, there have been more and more clashes between the settlers and the Palestinians living around them. In 2002, Weiss’s son-in-law Avraham Gavish, his parents and grandfather were shot dead in their home by a Palestinian militant.
(I am amazed at this writing by the Guardian. Four Jews shot dead, a young man, his parents, and grandfather, and the Guardian tucks this in as an irrelevant detail at the end of a paragraph. Surely a central life event for Weiss involving again four Jews death. And why were they murdered? Answer because they were there!)
Weiss believes that the land of Israel should be the Biblical “Promised Land”, stretching from the Nile to the Euphrates, which today would take in a large chunk of Egypt, Israel and the occupied territories, the whole of Jordan, and a broad slice of western Iraq.
“I feel myself being part of a Biblical scene. It was a very dramatic change in my life and when I see now over 200 communities and outposts and villages and 260,000 Jews in these communities I feel I am part of a huge Zionist miracle,” she says. “The rights of the Jews to return to their homeland stem from a history of 4,000 years and then an intermission of 2,000 years was imposed. Did it take away our right? Or were our everlasting prayers a constant link? I, of course, believe it was a constant link that was revived with Zionism.”
(We on 4international are with Weiss on this. This is the Jewish birthrite. And compared with the massive area of land that the Arabs, themselves interlopers and suppressors of cultures other than Islam have gained from Versailles, not a huge area at all)
Under international law, however, the settlements are illegal because an occupying power is not permitted to transfer its population on to occupied land. But Weiss disagrees, calling this “modern politics.” “I don’t think these changes in the world can in any way change the basic link between the Jewish nation and the Land of Israel.”
(I agree with Weiss and furthermore this is the revolutionary spirit of the Jewish nation speaking. The Guardian is lying, under international law the building of Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria is NOT illegal. The 1967 war the Guardian needs to be told was a defensive war fought by the Jews against the invading Arabs and in that regard was a continuation of the defence against the planned genocide of 1948, 3 years after the Holocaust and led by the Arab Butcher of the Holocaust, Hajj Amin el Husseini. The Guardian are TOTAL liars. Peace House in Hebron was bought legally by the Jews. The Guardian is trying to say that the Jews like Weiss dispossessed Arabs. But it is getting tied up in its own lies. It has already above showed that Weiss was not allowed to enter Nablus by her own government AND HAD TO BUILD ON THE UNINHABITED HILLS AROUND, THAT IS IN THE WILDERNESS)
Her sense is that the settlement movement of the past 40 years has made Israel a stronger nation. “No peace can be attained if the State of Israel is small,” she says. The future borders of Israel, she argues, should include the West Bank. As for the Palestinians, those who accept Israeli sovereignty should stay, those who fight will be fought and those who don’t accept sovereignty should leave. Those who stay, she says, could be offered passports but only if they pass tests of “loyalty and devotion” to the state of Israel. “100 years ago we were 10% of the population west of the Jordan River and now there are two-thirds Jews and one-third Arabs, so who says who will have the upper hand?”
(100 YEARS IS A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME IN THE HISTORY OF THE JEWS, IS IT NOT!!!)