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Scared Zionist sees Germany and imagines colonial Israel

This is officially pathetic. So here’s a Zionist Australian, Alan Gold, arguing that because multiculturalism has supposedly failed in Germany, proponents of the BDS movement and one-state solution are misguided. We should just really embrace partition and separation and apartheid. Because that’s working so well for Israel right now. No mention of the occupation, of course:

If ever a lesson should be learned about the impossibility of a one-state solution imposed by the Arab nations and their collegial “useful idiots” in the West upon Israel, one need look no further than Germany today.

In a speech given to the youth division of her Christian Democratic Union party at Potsdam last weekend, Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has conceded that her nation’s attempts to create a multicultural society in which people from different cultural backgrounds live together peacefully, has failed.

Multikulti was a concept touted by German sociologists and academics as the best way for the post-Hitler nation to bond its different factions together. Multiculturalism gained speed with the vast influx of Turkish workers into the rapidly expanding German economy, at the same time as which Germany was dealing with massive problems caused by the integration of East and West Germans following the dismantling of the Iron Curtain.

Indeed, Merkel’s colleague, Horst Seehofer, the leader of the CDU’s sister party in Bavaria, told the same meeting that Germany was committed to a dominant German culture and opposed to a multicultural one.

At a recent meeting between Merkel and Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the two leaders pledged to do more to improve the poor integration record of Germany’s two and a half million strong Turkish community.

Which makes one have to look very closely and question the reasoning behind the upsurge in support for the international Union movement’s support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel, a transparent device to force a one-state solution on Israel by collapsing the Israeli economy.

Even the most cursory investigation of the Palestinian problem shows that Israeli Arabs have more rights, a better standard of living and greater equity, than any other general Arab population (excluding, of course, the ruling potentates and oil plutocrats). Where Germany and France have so patently failed in their multiculturalism, against all odds, and despite the voices screaming ‘apartheid’, Israel’s integration of its diverse populations, seems to have succeeded. How? Because it was a process of consensus and cooperation, and not one imposed from outside.

Multiculturalism, and the successful melding of disparate units into one, can only succeed given willingness and time. Which is why the BDS program is destined to backfire on itself.

Because of the cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians on the West Bank, the Palestinian economy (though not obviously that of Gaza) is going ahead in leaps and bounds. Any BDS success will have the effect of strengthening Israeli resistance to a settlement, and of ruining the Palestinian economy.

So will the Unions, and universities, running the BDS campaign, now turn their focus against Germany, where it has admitted that its multicultural program is not working? Presumably not, because despite the fact that there are so many immoral dictatorships, repressive regimes, one party governments and totalitarian rulers who seem to escape the notice of Union leaders and academics, they have shown themselves to be concerned only with Israel.

Merkel’s statement, especially in light of vast sums of money spent over decades in attempting to make Germany into a multicultural nation, needs closer attention than just its admission of failure. For there is a growing mood in the West, including many Jews, that Zionism and Israel are a 19th century anachronism, and that the only proper solution to the hatreds, is a one-state solution; one in which Israelis and Palestinians, Jews and Muslims and Christians, will live in some sort of utopian harmony.

This nonsense might have appeal in some academic sociological paper, propounded by such usual suspects as Tony Judt, Noam Chomsky or Australia’s hairy-chested Antony Loewenstein, Peter Slezak and Peter Singer, but their eyes, shielded from reality, have probably not looked at the mess German society is in today. And should they look at other European nations, they might also examine France, whose recent Islamic demonstrations caused terrible ructions in the French disposition, or the UK which is a new breeding ground for violent Islamism.

Israel’s proposal of a two-state solution, with an border that enables trade, security and humanitarian exchanges, very much like the border between the USA and Canada, or France and Germany, has always been the most logical way to end this interminable conflict.

One can only hope it arrives with this series of negotiations. Because if it doesn’t, and Israel is forced to accept an imposed solution, there will be no Israel.

6 comments ↪
  • Sam

    I think this article by the Zionist, is only repeating what other  Zionists have been regurgitating all along and that is, Palestinian land should only be for Jews and to comfort and to mix with Palestinians would be idiocy because there would be no more land to steal and occupy from. Multiculturalism creates friends and harmony, whilst the contrary creates divide – a good option for the likes of Alan the Zionist.

  • Chris

    Sam, that is the most narrow minded argument i have heard in a while.  The Palestinian land was 70%  in Jordan anyway. But we could go on for hours about this point as both Israel and tteh Palestinians have claims on the land,  and will undermine each other and themselves until ….  who knows when.
     
    Furthermore I do not think you understand the term or reality of Multiculturalism.  Multiracialism and acceptance should be embraced. Not having everyones, faiths, beliefs and ideas forced upon us (Multiculturalism).  Which creates far more hostility between races, genders, dwarfs, fat , thinn etc etc than originally existed.  People always tend to be closest to there own.  No news there. Yet many  like  to accept and learn about each others views culture, histories and differences and enjoy them.They just dont want technocrats throwing them down our throats and forcing us to accept every single nonsensical belief.  Furthermore people that want to embrace others will, the ones that don't are not neccesarily racist , they just keep themself to themself.  Then we have racists and the unaccepting religions/beliefs from ALL sides.;  Multiculturalism plays into there hands and adds fuel to the fire as it gives these 'morons' a government and national initiative to fight against.  We shoudl try to leave these types of people behind, not force them to join us in the civilised world. As Evident in the UK, Germany, etc etc

  • Victoria

    Chris that's the most fatuous argument I've heard in awhile.

     

    The territory of Jordan is not in dispute, nor being occupied or colonized. The land in question is the Palestinian land in the West Bank and Jerusalem currently being illegally stolen and colonized by Israeli Jewish settlers. And these settlers are being partly financed with Israeli (read US) tax dollars. The land as well as the water in the aquifers, is taken from the people it belongs to both in a national AND a property sense, without compensation, and with violence.

     

    Israel has NO claim on this land: merely the power to take it and the lack of any moral character to inhibit it.

  • Don

    It is not as though Australia has built a wall to keep Alan here against his will  (nor Chris, if Chris is Australian & lives here)  –  especially if he/they find it so bothersome .

  • Chris

    Victoria,  They both doo ,if you research the history properly.  Canaanites were the original settlers there- FACT.  shall we go and get them too?  i do not want to discuss this with people who claim Israel or Jews have no right.  They all do, hence peace must  try to be made.  Anyway i suggest you read some more.

     

    My main point was on Multiculturalism- thank you.

    There is even very strong evidence that Palestianians are from Jewish decent.  The Jews left behind form the Roman crusades.  They are Genetically far closer realted to them them than any of there Arab brothers.

     

    Don, Not sure what you mean about me?  I am scottish Living in Australia.

  • Chris

    Maybe it seems fatuous to you because you don't ever have an academic debate with an opposing opinion of yours without just dismissing it.

     

    Israel do not act kindly I know- the whole world knows that, in fact they are atrocious at times.  But they have been attacked for years and years and years from North, South and East.  Why will no Arab state help The Palestinians now.  they have had so many chances for peace and blown it.  Now they have Netanyahu, who really will not take peace forward at all!! He doesnt care what anyone thinks. But why was he voted in?? Most israeli's want peace too.  But they are fed up of getting nowhere with peace.

    The Palestinians cant even live in one area?  Gaza or West Bank are totally split.  Shouldn't they try to make peace within themselves first too?

    I feel for innocent  palestinian civilians i really really do.