(By Chris Moore) -- Columbia Professor of Arab Politics Joseph Massad got into hot water with critics and colleagues recently when he made the claim in a controversial essay for Al Jazeera that a lot of the Jews who died in the Holocaust opposed Zionism and were thrown to the wolves for doing so, and that Zionists colluded with like-minded Nazis to spur Israel's creation.
Despite the overwhelming opposition of most German Jews, it was the Zionist Federation of Germany that was the only Jewish group that supported the Nuremberg Laws of 1935, as they agreed with the Nazis that Jews and Aryans were separate and separable races. This was not a tactical support but one based on ideological similitude. The Nazis' Final Solution initially meant the expulsion of Germany's Jews to Madagascar. It is this shared goal of expelling Jews from Europe as a separate unassimilable race that created the affinity between Nazis and Zionists all along.Massad says a fascist-like collusion between the West and Israel continues to this day.
While the majority of Jews continued to resist the anti-Semitic basis of Zionism and its alliances with anti-Semites, the Nazi genocide not only killed 90 percent of European Jews, but in the process also killed the majority of Jewish enemies of Zionism who died precisely because they refused to heed the Zionist call of abandoning their countries and homes.
After the War, the horror at the Jewish holocaust did not stop European countries from supporting the anti-Semitic programme of Zionism. On the contrary, these countries shared with the Nazis a predilection for Zionism...In Massad's version of the background of 20th Century history, the narrative that emerges is one wherein Nazi-partisan White and Christian anti-Semites wanted the Jews expelled from Western Civilization for racial reasons, whereas other White Christians (the ones who would eventually win World War II against the Nazis) simply wanted to partner with Zionist Jews in utilizing Israel as a "colonial settler state" away from Europe that would, among other thing, be useful for "assimilating Jews into whiteness." These Whites additionally valued Reform Judaism "as a Christian- and Protestant-like variant of Judaism."
It was thus that the European and US commitment to white supremacy was preserved, except that it now included Jews as part of "white" people, and what came to be called "Judeo-Christian" civilisation. European and American policies after World War II, which continued to be inspired and dictated by racism against Native Americans, Africans, Asians, Arabs and Muslims, and continued to support Zionism's anti-Semitic programme of assimilating Jews into whiteness in a colonial settler state away from Europe, were a direct continuation of anti-Semitic policies prevalent before the War. It was just that much of the anti-Semitic racialist venom would now be directed at Arabs and Muslims (both, those who are immigrants and citizens in Europe and the United States and those who live in Asia and Africa) while the erstwhile anti-Semitic support for Zionism would continue unhindered.
After World War II, a new consensus emerged in the United States and Europe that Jews had to be integrated posthumously into white Europeanness, and that the horror of the Jewish holocaust was essentially a horror at the murder of white Europeans. Since the 1960s, Hollywood films about the holocaust began to depict Jewish victims of Nazism as white Christian-looking, middle class, educated and talented people not unlike contemporary European and American Christians who should and would identify with them. Presumably if the films were to depict the poor religious Jews of Eastern Europe (and most East European Jews who were killed by the Nazis were poor and many were religious), contemporary white Christians would not find commonality with them. Hence, the post-holocaust European Christian horror at the genocide of European Jews was not based on the horror of slaughtering people in the millions who were different from European Christians, but rather a horror at the murder of millions of people who were the same as European Christians. This explains why in a country like the United States, which had nothing to do with the slaughter of European Jews, there exists upwards of 40 holocaust memorials and a major museum for the murdered Jews of Europe, but not one for the holocaust of Native Americans or African Americans for which the US is responsible.Massad does not recognize the messianic Zionism and Torah racism inherent in ancient through contemporary Jewish religious doctrine and dogma, nor does he acknowledge that anti-Christian Jewish Bolshevism, in partnership with Leninism and Stalinism, butchered millions of Orthodox Christians in the Soviet Union prior to the rise of Nazism (which facilitated fascism's ascension) and yet, there are no U.S. memorials to these murdered Whites and Christians either -- even though their numbers dwarf the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust by millions.
The rehabilitation of European Jews after WWII was a crucial part of US Cold War propaganda. As American social scientists and ideologues developed the theory of "totalitarianism", which posited Soviet Communism and Nazism as essentially the same type of regime, European Jews, as victims of one totalitarian regime, became part of the atrocity exhibition that American and West European propaganda claimed was like the atrocities that the Soviet regime was allegedly committing in the pre- and post-War periods. That Israel would jump on the bandwagon by accusing the Soviets of anti-Semitism for their refusal to allow Soviet Jewish citizens to self-expel and leave to Israel was part of the propaganda.While it's true that Zionists exploited the growth of anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union after Stalin had his falling out with Jewish Bolshevik hero and role model Leon Trotsky, and Stalin came to recognize Jewish Bolshevism as the Zionist Trojan horse ideology it always was, Massad ignores the fact that it was the Trotskyite Jews who had reinvented themselves as neocons, not Cold War Christians, who principally engineered the narrative that Jews were victims of both Communist and Nazi anti-Semitism and the inference that they had no agency whatsoever in their own plight. (Indeed, the Trotskyite neocon Jews, right along with the other Diaspora Zionist Jews who merely transitioned from Communists into cultural Marxists, social democrats, and left-liberals, conveniently flushed Jewry's integral role in the imposition of Communist totalitarianism and mass murder straight down the memory hole.)
In totality, what Massad apparently seeks to accomplish with this essay is the scapegoating of Whites and Christians (instead of organized Jewry) as the principal force behind Zionism (for left-wing purposes) and validation of the Islamic stream of thought that Zionist Judaism is more in line with Western Christianity than it is with Middle Eastern Islam. This is done through the suggestion that most Jews are ideologically more akin to Protestant "Judeo-Christians" than they are to Muslims, and that the Jews of Israel have no valid ethnic, ideological, intellectual or theological claims to any portion of the Levant whatsoever.
And certainly, if one is inclined to think in racial terms and demand that ethnicities should break racially upon civilization fault lines, Massad has a point, given that the latest DNA research shows that the vast majority of today's Jews are descendants of the Khazars (a medieval empire located mainly on the northern side of the Black and Caspian Seas--in areas of what is now Ukraine, South Russia and Kazakhstan--some of which converted to Judaism). Thus descendants of these peoples, who became the Ashkenazim (European) Jews, have little to no DNA connection to the ancient Israelites or even the Levant, contra Zionists claims. (Kazhar-descended Ashkenazi Jews apparently comprise approximately 80% of world Jewry today, which means very few Jews do have any bloodline claim to the Levant.)
But aren't left-wing thinkers ostensibly opponents of the powers-that-be moving peoples around the globe like chess pieces based upon race? Presumably, they would object to Islamist Arabs being removed from Europe because they lack European bloodlines, so what difference does it make that most Jews lack Middle Eastern bloodlines?
Additionally, let's not forget that Diaspora Zionist Jewry's main base of operations in the West has long been on the left, which means their game is one of triangulation, which defines Zionism as kosher from mainstream left to mainstream right, and any anti-Zionists forces outside of that "center" are characterized as "extremists."