posted on Apr, 10 2009 @ 01:59 PM
Zionism is a movement which was started by a number of European Jews in the 1890's. At the first Zionist conference which was convened in 1897 in
Switzerland and lead by Theodor Herzl, an Austrian Jew, the 197 Jewish delegates passed the following resolution: "Zionism seeks to secure a publicly
recognized, legally secured home in Palestine for the Jewish people." These Jews formed an organization called the World Zionist Organization. By
1914 the Zionists had 127,000 dues paying members world-wide.
Not soon after, the Zionists set out to implement their mission of removing Palestinians from the land. They set up "the Jewish National Fund" to
buy land from under the Palestinians' noses and deposited it in a trust which allowed only Jews to use or rent it. Most Palestinians at this time
were peasants working the land of Arab landlords. Theodor Herzl affirmed: "We shall try to spirit the penniless (Palestinian) population across the
border by procuring employment for it in the transit countries, while denying it any employment in Palestine ... Both the process of expropriation and
the removal of the poor must be carried out discreetly and circumspectly."
Out of a population of 1,000,000 people in 1897 Palestine, only 5% - 50,000 - were Jewish. Those few Jews reacted negatively to Zionism. They neither
saw the need for a Jewish state in Palestine, not did they want to aggravate relations with the Palestinian Arabs. At this time in the Holy Land,
religions lived together in relative harmony, a harmony only disrupted when the Zionists began to claim that Palestine was the 'rightful' possession
of the 'Jewish people' to the exclusion of its Muslim and Christian inhabitants.
In 1919 Ben-Gurion, who would later become the first prime minister of Israel, saw that the Zionists were creating a problem with no just solution.
"No solution! There is a gulf, and nothing can fill this guilt ... I do not know what Arab will agree that Palestine should belong to the Jews. ..We,
as a nation, want this country to be ours; the Arabs, as a nation, want this country to be theirs." Later, during the Arab revolt of 1936-39 against
this takeover, Ben-Gurion continued: "This is an active resistance by the Palestinians to what they regard as a usurpation of their homeland by the
Jews ... But the fighting is only one aspect of the conflict, which is in its essence a political one. And politically we are the aggressors and they
defend themselves." He then proceeded to strengthen the Jewish militant terrorist organizations like the Irgun with more guns and explosives so that
they could, with bullets when necessary, force the Arabs into relinquishing their ownership of Palestine.
In 1938, he was most explicit on what land the Zionist intended to take and make part of "Greater Israel." "The boundaries of Zionist aspiration,"
he told the World Council of Poale Zion is Tel aviv, "include southern Lebanon, southern Syria, today's Jordan, all of Cis-Jordan (West Bank) and
Later he continued, "After we become a strong force as the result of the creation of the state, we shall abolish partition (the UN's partition which
created Israel and left some of Palestine) and expand (Israel) to the whole of Palestine. The state will only be a stage in the realization of Zionism
and its task is to prepare the ground for our expansion. The state will have to preserve order - not by preaching but with machine guns." As to the
Palestine inhabitants who are in the way of all this expansion, his answer was always, "Drive them out."
Did you know that Israel is the largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid? And in 1997, for example, Israel received $3 billion from the foreign aid
budget, at least $525 million from other U.S. budgets, and $2 billion in federal loan guarantees. So the 1997 total of U.S. grants and loan guarantees
to Israel was $5.5 billion. That’s $15,068,493 per day, 365 days a year.