Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Part 2 - Myth: President Obama implied in his Cairo speech that the Holocaust was the primary reason for Israel’s creation.

Fact: President Obama sounds more like Theodor Herzl, the founder of political Zionism, than his Jewish critics. The President said in Cairo:

"America's strong bonds with Israel are well known. This bond is unbreakable. It is based upon cultural and historical ties, and the recognition that the aspiration for a Jewish homeland is rooted in a tragic history that cannot be denied.

"Around the world, the Jewish people were persecuted for centuries, and anti-Semitism in Europe culminated in an unprecedented Holocaust. Tomorrow, I will visit Buchenwald, which was part of a network of camps where Jews were enslaved, tortured, shot and gassed to death by the Third Reich. Six million Jews were killed -- more than the entire Jewish population of Israel today. Denying that fact is baseless, it is ignorant, and it is hateful. Threatening Israel with destruction -- or repeating vile stereotypes about Jews -- is deeply wrong, and only serves to evoke in the minds of Israelis this most painful of memories while preventing the peace that the people of this region deserve."

Theodor Herzl, The Jewish State, 1896:

"The idea which I have developed in this pamphlet is an ancient one: It is the restoration of the Jewish state. The world resounds with clamor against the Jews, and this has revived the dormant idea....No one can deny the gravity of the Jewish question. Wherever they live in appreciable number, Jews are persecuted in greater or lesser measure.

"We have sincerely tried everywhere to merge with the national communities in which we live, seeking only to preserve the faith of our fathers. It is not permitted us....In our native lands where we have lived for centuries we are still decried as aliens...The majority decide who the 'alien' is...No nation on earth has endured such struggles and sufferings as we have....

"The fact of the matter is, everything tends to one and the same conclusion, which is expressed in the classic Berlin cry: 'Juden 'raus!' ('Out with the Jews!')...Shouldn't we 'get out' at once...?...The nations in whose midst Jews live are all covertly or openly anti-Semitic.

"Anti-semitism increases day by day and hour by hour among the nations; indeed, it is bound to increase, because the causes of its growth continue to exist and are ineradicable....Perhaps we could succeed in vanishing without a trace into the surrounding peoples if they would let us be for just two generations. But they will not let us be. After brief periods of toleration, their hostility erupts again and again.

"Thus we are now, and shall remain, whether we would or not, a group of unmistakable cohesiveness. We are one people--our enemies have made us one whether we will it or not...

"Once we begin to execute the plan [for a Jewish state], anti-Semitism will cease at once and everywhere....The Jews who will it shall achieve their State. We shall live as free men on our own soil, and in our own homes peacefully die."

Theodor Herzl, First Zionist Congress Address, Basle, 1897

"The sentiment of solidarity with which we have been reproached so frequently and so acrimoniously was in process of disintegration at the very time we were being attacked by anti-Semitism. And anti-Semitism served to strengthen it anew...Zionism, or self-help for the Jews, points a way out of these numerous and extraordinary difficulties."

If you read this first, please click here to read Part 1 of the rebuttal to the myth about Obama, Israel and the Holocaust.