Since July 2019, a group of Jewish pro-Palestinian academics and activists of 45 members, are working to host the first Jewish anti-Zionist Congress, pushing for BDS.
The Founding Declaration expresses a clear hatred of Israel. It opens with a claim that it is time for Jewish anti-Zionist academics and others to "halt the usurpation of the designation of Jewishness by the artificially implanted State that calls itself ‘The State of Israel’."
The group declares its aims. "We are maximising support for the Palestinians and against Zionism by uniting as an international political movement against that State, which is not only inimical to Palestinians but is a threat to the Jewish diaspora as well. Our broader structure incorporates people with different views on an anti-Zionist spectrum which can mobilise around certain common actions such as the BDS (Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions) campaign."
Professor Ilan Pappe of Exeter University, formerly of the University of Haifa, is one of their activists. After reading the final version of the proposition, Pappe wrote in response, "Dear all I would be very happy to be part of it."
The author of the congress proposition is Abraham Weizfeld, Ph.D., a Canadian Jewish Socialist academic and a peace activist. Weizfeld is, a self-proclaimed, "Revolutionary academic, human-rights activist, and Jewish Bundist," who in the past, has "travelled to Libya on several occasions to defend the rule of the Jamahiriya of Muammar Gaddafi and ultimately the Libyan National Council revolt".
Weizfeld resides in both Montréal, Québec, Canada and Nablus, Palestine. He has authored three books, among them, Sabra and Shatila,
2009, which is described by Google Books as a Fiction, "At this time of the 60th commemoration for the 1948 Palestinian Nakba/ethnic cleansing of 88% of the Palestinian Arab population from what became the Zionist State of Israel, this second edition of the documentary study 'Sabra & Shatila' brings us to contemplate the 'pogrom' of these refugee camps resulting in some 3,000 deaths over a three-day period." The original edition of the book, in 1984, "gave a voice for the Jewish oppositon to the rampage and tragedy of Zionism.” In The Federation of Palestinian and Hebrew Nations, 2018, he declared that: "the dominance of one nation in one land, with the subsequent degeneration into the series of war crimes that began in 1947. To move away from this conception of a Zionist State requires another methodology that offers an alternative to the domination of one nation by another that is rationalized by the myths of nation-building promoted by the Nationalist school of thought. With an approach that is inter-national, in the root meaning of the term, this book fuses the Jewish Bundist concept... By avoiding the notion of the Nation-State, this exit may then be named “the No-State Solution”.
In 2014, Weizfeld has sent a letter to Khalil Maqdesi and the central committee of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, where he "affirmed our determination in confronting Zionism and imperialism" and assured the PFLP that "not all Jewish people are Zionists and that actually there is a very strong Jewish opposition to Zionism... We are not only thousands but hundreds of thousands." Weizfeld praised the non-Zionist Chasidim, the Satmar community. If they are to be considered the enemy, "Then who is left to be the allies of the Palestinians?"
Fifteen Jewish members have so far been invited to participate in the planning of the anti-Zionist Congress. Prof. Ilan Pappe of Exeter University; Sonia Fayman, member of Union Juive Française pour la paix (UJFP); Miko Peled, an Israeli-American activist, author, and karate instructor who authored The General’s Son: The Journey of an Israeli in Palestine; Dan Fischer, a graduate worker in Indiana, member of the Middle East Crisis Committee; Stanley Heller, executive director of the Middle East Crisis Committee who authored, Zionist Betrayal of Jews: from Herzl to Netanyahu; Elizabeth Aaronsohn, Ed.D. Associate Professor Department of Teacher Education Central CT State University; Roland Rance, member of "Jews Against Zionism"; Vivienne Porzsolt, spokesperson and founding member of "Jews against the Occupation", Australia; Robert Naiman, policy director of "Just Foreign Policy"; Naturei Karta Rabbi Hirsh; Michèle Sibony, member of UJFP; Pierre Stambul, member of UJFP; Gabrielle Ben Hamouda; Sara Kershnar, co-founder of the "International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network". These are all members of the "Jewish Anti-Zionist Congress" group. The group exchanges ideas with other like-minded groups, such as: "Jewish People's Liberation Organization"; "Jewish Activism for Middle East Justice and Peace"; "Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians"; "canpalnet news, Palestine & the Canadian connection"; "CPRR Jewish Forum"; "Jewish Non-Zionist FORUM"; "Jewish Peace News"; "J-P_Solidarite-y"; "JUNITY-Canada, Jewish Unity for a Just Peace"; "PAJU, The Palestinian and Jewish Unity"; "Collective FARAZ"; "Group FARAZ." Since 2001, Weizfeld has founded and monitors most of these groups.
Weizfeld goes as far as to claim that Zionism, "continues its irrationality by discriminating against the Africans of Jewish origin and the Jewish Arab communities of the Maghreb, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen and others. Such displaced persons were lured by the ‘State of Israel’ and are now subject to the second class ‘Dhimmi’ status, which is thus transferred from the Ottoman Caliphate era to the Zionist one of Apartheid."
In a paper which Weizfeld authored, discussing Antisemitism amongst the Arabic political culture, in 2013, Weizfeld suggested that "Being conscious of the evident Antisemitism amongst the Arabic political culture is not evidence that we as a Jewish People do not harbour many, who only think of Arabs as an enemy to be hated. Leaving aside which hatred is stronger".
To recall, Palestinian and pro-Palestinian activists recruit Jewish and Israeli academics and activists to support their cause, in order to deflect accusations of anti-Semitism. However, as can be seen from these writings, since 2001, Weizfeld and his fellow-Jewish academics such as Pappe with all the other activists actually contribute to the spreading of anti-Semitic notions, as defined by the Working Definition of anti-Semitism. Therefore, a Jewish anti-Zionist congress should not take place.
Jewish Anti Zionist Congress Proposition, 2019
A. Weizfeld Ph.D.*
Jewish Anti-Zionist Congress Declaration
The time has come for the unification of the Jewish Anti-Zionist movements, organisations, associations and individual activists and academics to halt the usurpation of the designation of Jewishness by the artificially implanted State that calls itself ‘The State of Israel’. It should be known that the name of Israel does not belong to that particular Land or to that State since it is originally the name of the entire community of Jewish people. It is known as well that 57% of Jewish people do not live in that State but are rather citizens of other countries and that the largest city of residence for Jewish people is New York City and not Tel Aviv.
Antisemitism is not Anti-Zionism. Promoters of Antisemitism, irrespective of their claims to being Anti-Zionist, are not welcome in a reciprocal programme of Anti- Judeophobia and Anti-Zionism.
The differentiation between Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism is integral to our critique since we refuse the Zionist claim to represent the Jewish People in our international communities, since the allies of that Zionist State are themselves Antisemitic.
Our opinions have now moved decisively in favour of a unitary society whether a secular democratic state, a bi-national social structure or a Federation. In contrast the two state paradigm is not only an impossible separation of Palestinian and Jewish populations but also an obsolete paradigm formulated as separate Nations derived from the 1648 Nation-State proposition, which entrenches the domination of one centralised Nation over a given territory. The Geneva Accord Two-State Solution is a means to legitimate the existing Zionist State of Israel and so is in contradiction with our common purpose of ending Zionist expansionism and annexation in general.
The programme pursued by the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organisation) for the recognition of the Palestine State is nonetheless a legitimate diplomatic procedure in international law.
The manner to cope with the critical plight of the Palestinians internationally, is that we support the Palestinian human rights not only in the Zionist State but wherever the refugees have sought security. We support the Palestinian Right of Return and the full human rights of Palestinians living presently in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan or any other country, including the European Union and the North and South Americas.
The Palestinian Right of Return is integral to the Anti-Zionist programme to reverse the ethnic cleansing process undertaken by the Zionist militias in 1947. Today the war continues under the auspices of the settler colonial population in the West Bank.
Solidarity with the discriminated social Orders such as the Falash Mora and the Mizrahim of the Israeli society under the German-Polish-Russian-Ashkenaze elite controlled Zionist State, is an additional motivation to oppose that ideology. This racist ideology refuses to recognise the indigenous Palestinian Nation and continues its irrationality by discriminating against the Africans of Jewish origin and the Jewish Arab communities of the Maghreb, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen and others. Such displaced persons were lured by the ‘State of Israel’ and are now subject to the second class ‘Dhimmi’ status, which is thus transferred from the Ottoman Caliphate era to the Zionist one of Apartheid.
We seek to implement the provisions of international law which call for the rights of the Palestinian refugees to return to their lands. Continuing with the presentation of such rights before the International Court of the Hague and before the tribunal of the ICC (International Criminal Court) is a forum of justice for the Palestinians living under the dictatorial Occupation, administered by the government and military who violate such international laws.
We are maximising support for the Palestinians and against Zionism by uniting as an international political movement against that State, which is not only inimical to Palestinians but is a threat to the Jewish diaspora as well. Our broader structure incorporates people with different views on an anti-Zionist spectrum which can mobilise around certain common actions such as the BDS (Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions) campaign.
The basis of our unity revolves around the unconditional support for the disenfranchised people of Palestine, oppressed by that Zionist regime. This untenable regime is the source of endless wars and misery. Our movement allied with the Palestinian People can end this war.
An international Jewish Anti-Zionist Congress is a concept that is essential to our solidarity. Alongside the Neturei Karta programme that differentiates Judaism from the initial Christian Protestant programme of Zionism, we seek as well a democratic, secular, feminist, and socialist society. Additional Jewish anti-Zionist programmes, such as anti-'normalisation', will end the racism of national chauvinism and bring justice to all areas, including the economic sphere.
There is no necessary contradiction when we accept personal religiosity, without imposing religion on all others. This attribute which creates a certain cultural Jewish space may be adopted together with an appreciation for the programme of national-cultural Autonomy, in terms of Jewish identity within secular/civil society.
We represent then a movement opposing the racism of the counterrevolutionary and neo-fascist forces who are nonetheless pro-Zionists and who attack Jewish communities in order to rid the United States of non-Christians, by pushing them out to the State of Israel.
These attacks also target Muslims for other reasons. The Zionist International caters to the right-wing populist tendencies, in spite of their Western Christian supremacism due to their unconditional support and financing for the State of Israel which takes priority over their Antisemitism. Zionism is caught in this fundamental contradiction. We are able to break that ideology down with the support of the various Jewish communities in a united front defense of our common security against Judeophobia. We form in effect the shield of the Jewish communities against the propagation of hatred which seeks to isolate and expel us to the self-ghettoisation ‘offered’ by the Zionist State. The Zionist claim to an exclusive and absolute principle of national self-determination is in contradiction with the self-determination of the indigenous Palestinian Nation. To exploit such a principle as the basis of Antisemitism is to substitute an illogical claim for an actual denunciation of Antisemitism.
Consequently we invite all principled Jewish political thinkers to join with us to defeat this last colonial project in the 21st Century and build the ‘inter-nationals’ solidarity which is the foundation for the security of all concerned.
*Abraham Weizfeld Ph.D. Université du Québec à Montréal, Science politique, Alumnus. Second generation of Jewish refugee family from Poland, survivors of the Holocaust. Studies in political philosophy at l'Université du Québec à Montréal where Ph.D. completed. Initial studies in pure sciences at University of Waterloo. Residing in both Montréal, Québec, Canada and Nablus, Palestine. Phone: 970 059 760 3279 Address: Nablus, Palestine 970 059 760 3279 Montréal, Québec, Canada 514 284 6642
De : Pappe, Ilan : 2 janvier 2020 03:43'
Objet : Re: Jewish Anti-Zionist Congress
I would be very happy to be part of it - so just to make sure that I understood you, Abraham, you want to move the discussion to the facebook?
Pappe, Ilan [mailto:I.Pappe@exeter.ac.uk
2 janvier 2020 03:43
Re: Jewish Anti-Zionist Congress
I would be very happy to be part of it - …
For the attention of Khalil Maqdesi,
and the Central Committee of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
Khalil Maqdesi, you have affirmed our determination of "confronting Zionism and imperialism" and that furthermore that " our fight is not with Jews ". And yet, you have praised the attack on the Jewish Synagogue worshippers on the Deir Yassin site, and not the structure, .as if it did not matter that they were not even Zionists. As you have noted yourself, not all Jewish people are Zionists and that actually there is a very strong Jewish opposition to Zionism, which you claim to praise. We are not only thousands but hundreds of thousands.
Is it not a shame that the memory of the Deir Yassin victims of genocide are treated to another act of genocide in their name?
The contradictions that you propagate are serious, and include; the lack of definition of what is an occupier. "To confront the real enemy" we must know who that enemy is, and it is not the 'Yehudi', as the religious sectarians would say. Although you demand that the Arabs break " away from sectarian wars", it is you who are seeking to justify such sectarianism even though you state "Palestine has embraced the Jewish community"! These ultra-Orthodox refuse to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque site with the Zionists who confront the Muslims wishing to pray at the site.
The attack you proclaim is not a victory for the Palestinians since it has served to undermine the credibility of the Palestinian Resistance. Where is the revolution for liberty if the targets are non-Zionist Chasidim, much like the 500,000 ultra-Orthodox men who demonstrated in Jerusalem against the conscription of their children into the Zionist State's military. Is that Satmar community in Jerusalem to be considered the enemy. Then who is left to be the allies of the Palestinians?
Practice is what defines the character of politics and this practice does not meet up with a "revolutionary violence". That act of desperation demonstrates that the revolutionary organization with the name of the PFLP does not know how to liberate the Palestinians other than attack those not responsible for the killing of the Palestinians. If the purpose of this action to illustrate how the Palestinians can be more vicious than the Zionists and equally so as that New York Rabbi who attacked the Ibrahim mosque-synagogue, then where is the revolution, when one such action merely results in the same again.
In spite of such an error and such a strategy the Central Committee member declares that "You must stand by the side of the oppressed, and not the oppressor", even though you have removed the base upon which we stand - in recognition and in solidarity with the Palestinian People in spite of the corruption, sectarianism and errors of the leading political parties.
abraham Weizfeld Ph.D.
Administrative secretary of the JPLO
Antisemitism amongst the Arabic political culture
abraham Weizfeld Ph.D. A. Weizfeld Ph.D.
Being conscious of the evident Antisemitism amongst the Arabic political culture is not evidence that we as a Jewish People do not harbour many, who only think of Arabs as an enemy to be hated. Leaving aside which hatred is stronger, the only criterion for some sort of conclusion is the recognition of the reciprocal irrational tendencies that flow in our mutual nationalities. The presence of Antisemitism is not the question that enables a solution. All matters of such inter-national relations are obliged to respect the reciprocity between the nations that inhabit the same Land, with their own national identities. Israel exists as the people and so does Palestine. How to reconcile the two in a given Nation-State is not possible, considering that this constitutional format dates back to Hegel and all those consequences. No, that is a history that we want to leave behind. And it was the Jewish Bund that proposed that we in the old Poland, Latvia and Russian Pales of Settlement - would live in harmony as our own National-Cultural Autonomy, thus accorded collective national civil rights as well as the full implementation of our individual rights, equal to all other members of society.
In Israel-Palestine there is a constitutional proposal that I want to work on. My drafts are few and limited and I will pursue that research further. But the example of South Africa is a legal precedent and in Bundist theory there is a lot of literature. I would make it precise by formulating an idea that could become a tripartism organizational model and constitutional principle; both in terms of governing structures, Constitutional Assemblies, but also in the Judiciary and in the Militarized and police unites of each formation. Anyways.
This forum for news and discussion (en français aussi) by the List members is based on the need for bridges between our two Peoples in order to overcome the racist stereotyping that has been conducted by the power blocs among each People. As a result we stand for the end of the occupation of the all Palestinian territories occupied in the war of 1967 so that an independent country may be formed by the Palestinian Nation. We seek the historic reunification of Palestine while respecting the national-cultural autonomy of both the Palestinian and Jewish Israeli Peoples. In addition we stand for the Right to Return of the Palestinian refugees together with compensation. We are affiliated to the Reconciliation Confrerence List of the Jewish People's Liberation Organization (Bundist)( JPLO-OLPJemail@example.com
) which stands for Jewish liberation from Zionism and anti-Semitic racism .
This is a brief introduction to the Jewish-Palestinian Solidarity LIST (formally known as the [PAJU] and the [JAAO-AJCO_NEWS] Lists).
Your moderator is;
Abraham Weizfeld B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D. cand.
Founded : Nov 2, 2001