"Zionism is a complex phenomenon, adequately understood by only a small percentage of its critics and by even a smaller percentage of its supporters." - Michael Selzer


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"It would have seemed more sensible to me to establish a Jewish homeland on a less historically-burdened land. I can raise no sympathy at all for the misdirected piety which transforms a piece of a Herodian wall into a national relic, thereby offending the feelings of the natives." - Sigmund Freud

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"The claim of the Jews to the Land of Israel cannot be a realistic political claim. If all nations would suddenly claim territories in which their forefathers lived two thousand years ago, this world would be a madhouse." - Erich Fromm


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"I should much rather see reasonable agreement with the Arabs on the basis of living together in peace than the creation of a Jewish state. Apart from the practical considerations, my awareness of the essential nature of Judaism resists the idea of a Jewish state with borders, an army, and a measure of temporal power no matter how modest. I am afraid of the inner damage Judaism will sustain — especially from the development of a narrow nationalism within our own ranks, against which we have already had to fight without a Jewish state." - Albert Einstein


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"Palestinians must no longer be subjected to the daily, often humiliating reminders that they lack basic freedom and control over their lives." - Paul Wellstone

"We rub our eyes, some of us who were life long Zionists, and we hang our heads in shame. No, we must speak with frankness: this present Israel is not what we dreamed and hoped for and worked for, we who followed Herzl or Ahad Ha'Am, Brandeis or Weizmann." - Henry Hurwitz editor of The Menorah Journal

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"As usual, I found myself in the odd position of not being a Zionist........I just think it is more important to be human and to have a human heritage; and I think it is wrong for anyone to feel that there is anything special about any one heritage of whatever kind." - Isaac Asimov

"… Israel is creating a kind of moral schizophrenia in world Jewry. In the outside world the welfare of Jewry depends on the maintenance of secular, non-racial, pluralistic societies. In Israel, Jewry finds itself defending a society in which mixed marriages cannot be legalized, in which the ideal is racial and exclusionist. Jews might fight elsewhere for their very security and existence — against principles and practices they find themselves defending in Israel." -I.F. Stone

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"When Zionism first appeared on the world scene most Jews opposed it and scoffed at it. Herzl was only supported by a small minority."-Nahum Goldmann

 "Jewish nationalism tends to confuse our fellowman about our place and function in society and diverts our own attention from our historic role to live as a religious community wherever we may dwell." .…the concept of a theocratic state is long past. It is an anachronism. The concept of a racial state "the Hitlerian concept" is repugnant to the civilized world, as witness the fearful global war in which we are involved." - American Jewish Council 1944

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"What the Israeli governments do not realize is that neither Hamas nor Hizbullah need Israel. It is Israel that needs them, and needs them desperately. If Israel wants not to become a Crusader state that is in the end extinguished, it is only Hamas and Hizbullah that can guarantee the survival of Israel. It is only when Israel is able to come to terms with them, as the deeply-rooted spokespersons of Palestinian and Arab nationalism, that Israel can live in peace....... Both Palestinian and world public opinion is moving towards the one-state solution. And this is of course the end of the Zionist project. The three-element strategy of Israel is decomposing. The iron fist no longer succeeds, much as it didn't for George Bush in Iraq.......And will world public opinion continue to look sympathetically on Israel? It seems not. Can Israel now switch to an alternative strategy, of negotiating with the militant representatives of the Arab Palestinians, as an integral constituent of the Middle East, and not as an outpost of Europe? It seems quite late for that, quite possibly too late." - Immanuel Wallerstein

"The greatest mistake Israel could make at the moment is to forget that Israel itself is a mistake. It is an honest mistake, a well-intentioned mistake, a mistake for which no one is culpable, but the idea of creating a nation of European Jews in an area of Arab Muslims (and some Christians) has produced a century of warfare and terrorism of the sort we are seeing now. Israel fights Hezbollah in the north and Hamas in the south, but its most formidable enemy is history itself." - Richard Cohen

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"They used to say Palestinians fight like heroes, now they say heroes fight like Palestinians....People have to liberate themselves because liberation is not a single act. It's a question of eternal vigilance.....Why should these Palestinians, who have lived in Jerusalem for hundreds of years, be evicted from their homes so that Jews from Brooklyn can live in them?" - Norman Finkelstein


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"I think that my life's work in a sense has been associated with helping or identifying with those who are victims of injustice. If we look at the world today, there are many victims of injustice. But I think the Palestinians stand out as the most victimized people in the world. And symbolically, their struggle is one that engages people of conscience everywhere in the world in a manner that resembles the way the anti-apartheid movement worked effectively to undermine South Africa's claims of sovereignty and legitimacy. And I hope that this small role that I play contributes to that kind of process on behalf of the Palestinian" - Richard Falk

"The result of the creation of a state called Israel was abysmal. Jews from Poland have nothing in common with Germans and neither has anything to do with those from the Arab world. It is nationality, not religion, that counts most. Jews in Israel, especially the Germans, largely ghettoized themselves by their place of origin during the first generation, when a militarized culture produced the mixed new breed called sabras — an essentially anti-intellectual personality far different from the one the early Zionists, who were mostly socialists who preached the nobility of labor, expected to emerge. The large majority of Israelis are not in the least Jewish in the cultural sense, are scarcely socialist in any sense, and daily life and the way people live is no different in Israel than it is in Chicago or Amsterdam. There is simply no rational reason that justifies the state's creation....The outcome is a small state with a military ethos that pervades all aspects of Israel's culture, its politics and, above all, its response to the existence of Arabs in its midst and at its borders. From its inception, the ideology of the early Zionists — of Labor Zionism as well as the rightist Revisionism that Vladimir Jabotinsky produced — embodied a commitment to violence, erroneously called self-defense, and a virtual hysteria. As a transcendent idea, Zionism has no validity because the national differences between Jews are overwhelming." - Gabriel Kolko

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"Back in the 1980s the major American Jewish welfare organization adopted as its fundraising slogan "We are One." The implication was that American Jews were a united bloc. But we are not "one" and never have been. Ideologically, we are everything from anarchists to Zionists, working people to the gilded rich. Noam Chomsky is as Jewish as Irving Kristol, and Norman Finkelstein as Jewish as Alan Dershowitz. We are neither angels nor saints. And we are certainly not monolithic, despite perennial efforts to paint anyone critical of various aspects of Israeli policies as "self-hating" Jews" - Murray Polner


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"My own inclination, then, would be to focus elsewhere. If the Jews of Europe and North America took their distance from Israel (as many have begun to do), the assertion that Israel was "their" state would take on an absurd air. Over time, even Washington might come to see the futility of attaching American foreign policy to the delusions of one small Middle Eastern state. This, I believe, is the best thing that could possibly happen to Israel itself. It would be obliged to acknowledge its limits. It would have to make other friends, preferably among its neighbours." Tony Judt


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"Israel has crossed the threshold from 'the only democracy in the Middle East' to the only apartheid regime in the Western world. The inevitability of such a transformation has been held out not by "Israel bashers" but by the country's own leaders." - Henry Siegman, a former national director of the American Jewish Congress and of the Synagogue Council of America


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"What will be seared into the consciousness of the world will be the image of Israel as a blood-stained monster, ready at any moment to commit war crimes and not prepared to abide by any moral restraints. This will have severe consequences for our long-term future, our standing in the world, our chance of achieving peace and quiet. In the end, this war is a crime against ourselves too, a crime against the State of Israel." - Uri Avnery

"The point of view I have in regards to Israel/Palestine is based on nothing more than having a conscience and knowing the difference between right and wrong.... Finding out that my Orange County Right-Wing Republican fetishized ideal of Israel wasn't what I thought it was was truly earth-shattering for me. I couldn't believe Israel wasn't actually the defender of democracy in the Middle East as I was raised to believe …White phosphorous melting the faces off children, just because they were guilty of attending a UN school. Civilians waving white flags were shot; the UN warehouse of food aid for the victims was bombed and exploded by Israel...When I hear people attack Palestinians and deny their Nakba, I now take it personally. I feel it in my heart. It's not just a statistic anymore..." - Joseph Glatzer
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"There is an ever-growing number of organizations of American Jews trying to get the word out that the press and politicians should look beyond the noisy minority..... Perhaps they have been too polite. Perhaps they will have to start making the same kind of noise that has frightened Chuck Schumer and so many powerful people in Washington. Perhaps they will have to remind those politicians that they also vote and write checks, and that of all the things you can accuse us Jews of there is at least one that is true: we remember...." - Bruce Jackson


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On Operation Cast Lead, the Israel code name for the attack on Gaza, Judge Richard Goldstone concluded that Israeli officers should face "individual criminal responsibility" for breaches of the laws of war. The Inquiry also found that there was a "systematic" Israeli policy of destroying food supply installations, water sanitation systems, concrete factories and homes in order to "make the daily process of living, and dignified living, more difficult for the civilian population." Goldstone wrote that Israel's virtual blockade of the Gaza Strip, allowing in only the minimum necessary to sustain life, was "collective punishment intentionally inflicted." More than a few Jewish intellectuals and writers supported Judge Goldstone Commission's findings."


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"Don't let the Zionist media fool you. There are hundreds of thousands of fervently anti-Zionist ultra-Orthodox Jews throughout the world, and we will never surrender to the Zionist idea...... Even secular Zionism has been a catastrophe for the Jewish people, but religious Zionism, combining two opposites into an unstable mixture, is leading the Jewish people to moral depravity. It is the complete inverse of the Jewish mission to be a light to the nations and bring peace to the world. -True Torah Jews


RABBI DANIEL LANDES - Photo Credit: By David Bogomolny (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

"We Religious Zionists Are in Deep Trouble. 'Krazy Kookniks' are now the cutting edge or logical extension of normative Religious Zionism, which today is overtly messianic, narrowly nationalistic, and in its Orthodoxy, essentially isolationist......The religious Zionist magic moment in Shabbat services is the prayer for the State of Israel – edging out the attention once given to the iconic Jewish prayer, the Shema – which describes Israel as "the first flowering of our deliverance." Rather than hope, religious Zionism threatens to become, in the souls and actions of its adherents, a dangerous dogma of a deaf and dumb Impatient Messianism that talks to no one but knows just "what to do" to those who stand in its way, Arab or Jew. " - Rabbi Daniel Landes, Director of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem


All quotes from Dissident Voice