Islamophobia And Zionism

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Sasha Kassoff Islamophobia and Zionism From May 14, 1948, every predominantly Muslim nation surrounding Israel has declared war on the new Nation formerly known as Palestine. The strong Zionist movement in the 1940’s and 50’s has led to a phenomenal amount conflict and physical violence by Palestinians and other supporters of the Anti Israeli movements. The way that these events are and have been portrayed is often very negatively in the western world towards the Muslims who are committing these acts. Zionism promotes Islamophobia in Palestine, the broader region, the US and around the world. And the resentment and anger toward Jews living in Israel and elsewhere, aroused by Israeli violence and military domination, is used to justify further Zionist violence. Zionism is a movement for (originally) the reestablishment and (now) the development and protection of a Jewish nation in what is now Israel. It was established as a political organization in 1897 under Theodor Herzl, and was later led by Chaim Weizmann. Zionism often perpetuates Jewish exceptionalism and tells a version of Jewish history that is disconnected from the history and experiences of other people. By exceptionalizing the Nazi genocide, Jews are set apart from the victims and survivors of that and other genocides instead of being united with them. As such, Zionism implicates many Arabs in the oppression of the Palestinian people and in the debasement of their own heritages, struggles for justice and alliances. The strategy to promote an understanding of Israel as an apartheid state is having increasing success, particularly in its explanation of why boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel are justified. Advances in this arena are rattling Zionist organizations in Israel and around the world. However, Zionist institutions like the World Zionist Organization (WZO), American
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