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Pro-Israel Jewish Organizations Had Recognized the Dangers of Zionism


Solomon just wrote the piece “Many Jews and Jewish Organizations Recognized the Dangers of Zionism. They Were Right,” which states: “The pernicious results of insisting on forcing Jewish sovereignty over Palestine — and necessarily disrupting Arab life there — was well understood within the Jewish organizations and in the general press.”

Solomon examines the American Jewish Committee in particular, but also highlights positions of noted Jewish leaders: “In November 1939, Louis D. Brandeis objected to a planned visit to the United States by Zionist leader Chaim Weizmann. … In a public letter, Albert Einstein, Hannah Arendt, and others stated that in the years up to statehood, Jewish terrorists ‘inaugurated a reign of terror in the Palestine Jewish community. Teachers were beaten up for speaking against them, adults were shot for not letting their children join them. By gangster methods, beatings, window-smashing, and widespread robberies, the terrorists intimidated the population and exacted a heavy tribute.’ …

“Mainstream Jewish organizations knew endless violence and oppression would result from imposing a Jewish state in Palestine against the stated wishes of its non-Jewish inhabitants. This has proved accurate, most recently in Israel’s methodical destruction of the means of life for millions in Gaza, and increasing state and settler terror against residents of the occupied West Bank.”

Solomon is author of two books on Zionism, The Speech, and Its Context: Jacob Blaustein’s Speech “The Meaning of Palestine Partition to American Jews” and The Miasma of Unity: Jews and Israel.

A recent review of Solomon’s second book in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs states: “It’s amazing — and frightening — to find from Solomon’s research that the AJC” back in January 1948, castigated “a Zionist state as a ‘monstrous idol,’ a state set to act as a ‘complete master not only over its own immediate subjects but also over every living Jewish body and soul the world over, beyond any consideration of good or evil.'”