Jewish atonement but not for Zionism’s crimes against the Palestinians

by Alan Hart | Sabbah Report: www.sabbah.biz

Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Chief Lord Jonathan Sacks

, the Day , (25/26 September this year), is the holiest day in the year. On Radio 4′s Thought for Today, Britain’s , Lord Sacks, explained the significance of the day for . He said, among other things, “We apologize for all the wrongs we’ve done and we seek forgiveness.”

I had the impression from everything he said and the way he said it that his lordship was in no doubt that he was speaking from the top of the moral high ground. Up there his words may sound fine but they are out of touch with one of the most important aspects of reality.

The vast majority of Jews refuse to acknowledge that a terrible wrong was done to the Palestinians by , the terrible wrong being, and only starting with, the creation in Arab of a state for some Jews mainly by terrorism and ; a process which saw upwards of 700,000 Palestinians dispossessed of their land and their rights.

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In that light, how can the chief rabbi claim that on the Day of Atonement Jews “apologize for all the wrongs we’ve done”? Either he doesn’t know that a wrong was done to the Palestinians by Zionism, in which case he sees no need for Jews to apologise for it and seek forgiveness; or he knows that a wrong was done but cannot, dare not, say so.

If there is ever to be a peaceful resolution of the conflict in and over Palestine that became , the process to bring it about will have to be kick-started by a significant majority of Jews everywhere acknowledging (1) that a terrible wrong was done to the Palestinians by Zionism in the name of all Jews; and (2) that the wrong must be righted.

In the view of this goy (me), Days of Atonement which ignore the need for Jews to be honest with themselves about Zionism’s crimes in Palestine are nothing but Jewish theatre.

Alan Hart is a former ITN and BBC Panorama foreign correspondent who covered wars and conflictswherever they were taking place in the world and specialized in the Middle East. Author of Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews. He blogs on www.alanhart.net and tweets onwww.twitter.com/alanauthor

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